Thu. May 19th, 2022

Match report as Legia Warsaw begin their Europa League campaign with two victories; Leicester lacklustre in the first half and fail to find the net in an improved second period; The Foxes are yet to win in the Europa League this season

Charlotte Marsh

Football journalist

Leicester’s indifferent start to the season continued on Thursday as they were beaten 1-0 by Legia Warsaw in the Europa League, thanks to a fine strike from Mahir Emreli.

Brendan Rodgers made six changes to his starting line-up from the weekend draw at Burnley, benching many of his star players, and it showed in a lacklustre first half.

Legia had beaten Spartak Moscow late on in their opening group game, but found the net just after the 30-minute mark against Leicester. Emreli outmuscled Daniel Amartey at the top of the area before firing home via the crossbar.

The goal seemed to galvanise Leicester, who improved in the final minutes of the first half and were better in the second, but even the introduction of the Foxes’ raft of attacking substitutes could not guide them to victory.

The result will go down as a famous night for Legia Warsaw, with teenage goalkeeper Cezary Miszta in tears at full-time after keeping a clean sheet, having deputised for regular No 1 Artur Boruc.

Legia take a shock early lead in Group C with six points, while Leicester sit bottom of the table with plenty of work to do to qualify for the knockout round.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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