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Leicester beat Legia to leap into top spot

Published on: 25 November 2021

James Maddison scored his second goal of the season for Leicester

Leicester City saw off Legia Warsaw to leap to the top of Group C and put themselves in pole position to reach the Europa League knockout stage with one game remaining.

The Foxes, who began the day bottom of the group, had the job done by the break at King Power Stadium, leading 3-1 after an open and entertaining first half.

Patson Daka and James Maddison put the hosts in charge before Filip Mladenovic responded after Kasper Schmeichel saved Mahir Emreli's penalty.

Wilfred Ndidi then headed in from a corner to re-establish the home side's advantage before a goalless second half.

Leicester lead the group on eight points, one above Spartak Moscow and Napoli after the Russian side won their meeting 2-1 on Wednesday.

    Reaction after Leicester beat Legia Warsaw

Foxes back up and running

Leicester's progress under Brendan Rodgers has stalled this season with some inconsistent results, though victory means they now lead the group with a trip to Napoli still to come.

The Foxes arrived on a four-game winless run since beating Brighton on penalties in the Carabao Cup, but their flowing attack was enough to cover up any defensive frailties after losing Jonny Evans in the warm-up to a muscle injury.

Daka got the hosts off to a quick start, finishing smartly after an aggressive run from Harvey Barnes saw the ball deflect into the Zambian's path inside the penalty area.

Maddison was then allowed time to turn inside the box and pick his spot to double the hosts' lead 10 minutes later, scoring his second goal of the season.

Group C has been unpredictable throughout and Legia sparked hopes of unlikely turnaround when Mladenovic tapped in after Schmeichel got down to keep out Emreli's spot kick.

Ndidi, whose handball gave away the penalty, made amends soon after by heading in from Maddison's corner and that put the game beyond the visitors.

Barnes went through in what proved a tighter second half under a haze of smoke from the flares released by visiting fans, but could not beat Legia goalkeeper Cezary Miszta.

Those flares set off from the away end were followed by clashes between Legia fans and police.

But on the pitch Leicester dominated without really threatening to add to the advantage as they saw out a comfortable victory.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsLeicester

Formation 4-3-3

1Schmeichel27Castagne18Amartey4Söyüncü33Thomas42Soumaré25Ndidi10Maddison37Lookman29Daka7Barnes

    1Schmeichel27Castagne18Amartey4Söyüncü33ThomasBooked at 61mins42SoumaréSubstituted forDewsbury-Hallat 62'minutes25Ndidi10MaddisonSubstituted forPérezat 63'minutes37LookmanSubstituted forAlbrightonat 84'minutesBooked at 89mins29DakaSubstituted forIheanachoat 85'minutes7Barnes

Substitutes

    5Bertrand9Vardy11Albrighton12Ward14Iheanacho17Pérez20Choudhury22Dewsbury-Hall23Vestergaard41Stolarczyk54Marcal-Madivadua

Legia Warsaw

Formation 3-4-3

31Miszta6Johansson4Wieteska55Jedrzejczyk5Ribeiro8Soares Martins99Slisz25Mladenovic20Muci11Emreli82Lima Linhares

    31Miszta6JohanssonSubstituted forHolowniaat 45'minutes4WieteskaBooked at 48mins55JedrzejczykBooked at 87mins5Ribeiro8Soares MartinsSubstituted forCelhakaat 71'minutes99Slisz25MladenovicBooked at 39minsSubstituted forSkibickiat 71'minutes20Muci11EmreliSubstituted forWlodarczykat 78'minutes82Lima LinharesSubstituted forPekhartat 78'minutes

Substitutes

    3Holownia9Pekhart16Celhaka22Skibicki28Wlodarczyk29Rose59Tobiasz92Ciepiela

Referee:Deniz AytekinMatch StatsHome TeamLeicesterAway TeamLegia WarsawPossessionHome58%Away42%ShotsHome13Away9Shots on TargetHome5Away5CornersHome8Away7FoulsHome17Away10Live TextPost update

Match ends, Leicester City 3, Legia Warsaw 1.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 3, Legia Warsaw 1.

90'+4'Post update

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Marc Albrighton.

90'+3'Post update

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Timothy Castagne.

90'Post update

Corner, Legia Warsaw. Conceded by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

89'Booking

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89'Post update

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

89'Post update

Yuri Ribeiro (Legia Warsaw) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88'Post update

Attempt missed. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

87'Booking

Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86'Post update

Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86'Post update

Foul by Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw).

85'Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Patson Daka.

84'Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Ademola Lookman.

84'Post update

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84'Post update

Foul by Jurgen Celhaka (Legia Warsaw).

83'Post update

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Artur Jedrzejczyk.

83'Post update

Attempt blocked. Patson Daka (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez with a cross.

83'Post update

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Mateusz Holownia.

81'Post update

Ademola Lookman (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Source: bbc.com

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