Leicester get back on track with victory but Legia Warsaw fans clash with police | European League

Leicester City’s advance to the Europa League knockout rounds is in sight, but the victory secured through goals from Patson Dhaka, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi was spoiled by a crowd problem among Legia Warsaw fans and the police.

Brendan Rodgers’ side need a point outside Napoli next month to make sure they qualify for the next round in February, while a win in Italy would ensure Leicester top Group C and qualify directly for the last 16.

This victory over a Legia Warsaw The team, which had lost every league and European game since its victory over Leicester in September, was overshadowed by a shadow, as mobile fans clashed with more than 100 police during the second half. “It’s something you don’t want to see at a football match,” Rodgers said. “I haven’t heard many details. Hopefully no one gets hurt.”

In scenes reminiscent of Hungary’s World Cup qualifier match at Wembley, the traveling fans’ passion extended after the 65th minute when several 1,134 in the far corner of the pitch lit red flares.

The strong police presence and oversight seem to limit the problem to that immediate area as local fans have prioritized cheering their team for a first win in six matches.

Maddison was at the forefront of Leicester’s first-half display and is keen to build the foundations of last season’s FA Cup win. Injuries have undermined Leicester’s fluency this season and Jonny Evans lost to a thigh injury moments before kick-off here, and Daniel Amarty stepped in to put in a fine performance alongside Caglar Soyuncu.

Legia Warsaw's traveling support lit flares and clashed with the police during the second half of their team's defeat to Leicester.
Legia Warsaw’s traveling support lit flares and clashed with the police during the second half of their team’s defeat to Leicester. Photo: Jason Kerndof/Action Images/Reuters

The back-to-back tremors robbed Madison of the loose form that had him vying for a place in England two years ago, but he played behind three in front of me last night, capitalizing on an offending Legia start.

“I’m really happy,” Madison said. “It’s confidence; when you’re an attacking player, goals and assists are what you want. That’s what I’m about. I’m at my best when I attack, score and assist. This generates confidence and makes attackers feel good.

“Going to the bottom of the group and now in the lead, it’s obviously very tight. It’s in our hands and we’d rather be there.

“We won the FA Cup last year and are hungry for titles and success. We have a big game in Napoli and we are looking forward to it.”

Leicester’s erratic season was reflected in the first half with three goals in the mid-quarter of an hour. They attacked aggressively and penetrated but had little control of the match before the end of the first half.

Dhaka became Leicester’s top scorer in European football with his fifth goal in the tournament this season.

He was lucky when the ball cut his way, after Harvey Barnes cut inside from the left, but Dhaka finished in style, firing from the bottom into the far corner with his left foot. After his four-goal effort away from home to Spartak Moscow, Deputy Jamie Vardy continues to exploit his chances.

Madison quickly made the score 2-0. After loaning the ball to Ademola Lookman, Madison received a short cross back pass, cut inside to his left foot and shot the ball high into the top corner of the net.

Ndidi raised his hand to Yuri Ribeiro’s cross for a penalty kick, which was saved by Kasper Schmeichel from Maher Emreli before Philip Mladenovic scored in the follow-up, but Leicester quickly regained their advantage with two goals, and Ndidi covered his wing with a header in Madison’s corner. Rodgers praised the fans for sparking the energy that has enabled his side to play far more up front than they have been in recent times, even though Legia is hardly Chelsea.

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“The atmosphere was great; “The fans played a big part in it,” the Leicester boss said. “Just getting back into our football with really intense pressing and counter-pressing, which is what won the game.”

Rodgers has confirmed that Evans should be fit to visit Watford on Sunday and Claudio Ranieri, the manager who led Leicester to the Premier League title five years ago.

“Claudio’s first comeback as a coach will be a great occasion after a great year here,” said Rodgers. “I’m sure the fans will show their appreciation.”

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