Double Legia substitution: Mladenovic amjd Martins depart, Skibicki and Celhaka come on.
Looks like some Legia fans are kicking off. They were ripping off the blue sheeting that divides the fans while stewards tried to stop them but BT’s cameras were quickly turned back to the pitch. What sort of journalism is that?
The pitch is shrouded in smoke after the Legia fans let off flares.
Great play from Barnes, sprinting down the left. He knocks it to Daka who completes the one-two with a lovely back-heel. Barnes takes it into the box and shoots from tight angle. Miszta saves but the ball rebounds to Barnes who shoots, from an even tighter angle, into the side netting.
Dewsbury-Hall peels off the right wing to spray a deceptively good-looking left-foot crossfield pass that should have put Barnes in for a run into the box … but it was too flighted and Barnes needed it to feet to exploit his pace rather than having to bring it down.
Leicester fans are having a party because of the scoreline, making a constant, good humoured racket. Legia pounce on Leicester’s wayward passing when playing out from the back and Thomas hacks down Slisz to stop him breaking into the box.
Luqinhas, Ribeiro and Mladenovic combine in a neat left-wing triangle again, shifting the ball forward slickly, exploiting a Soumare mistake but when the shit comes from Muci it is high, wide and hideous.
You can see why Rodgers prefers Amartey to Vestergaard, he’s a much better passer and positionally he’s very sound. Less intelligible is why buy Vestergaard in the first place even with Fofana injured when you have Amartey to fill in.
Jedrzejczyk does well against Barnes when the ref plays advantage after Wietska clatters into Maddison’s thigh (for which he is later booked). Barnes skitters down the left but the Legia captain forces him inside on to his right and he lays it off to Thomas who almost squeezes a shot through the legs of Martins to score but can’t find the power.
Leicester look sensational down their left with Thomas and Barnes, Ndidi is playing as well as he usually does and Maddison is getting into good positions. But Legia are actually playing quite well going forward, looking a real threat with Mladenovic and Ribeiro down their left and victory is not signed, sealed and delivered just yet.
Poor from Leicester on the left of their defence, allowing Muci and Luquinhas to make it all the way into teh six-yard box as if they were waiting for one of their colleagues to make a decisive move. They scramble it away for a corner.
Leicester free-kick on the left. Maddison goes for a cute one, knocking it towards the left of the six-yard box with his right foot rather than bending a cross to the back post, but Miszta was alert and got there before Daka.
He may look more ponderous to this writer than he did at times over the preceding two seasons but he’s scored (though he was given all the time he needed by a stand-offish defence). He takes the pass on the right of the box, goes right, cuts back, changes his feet then uses a defender to block the keeper’s view before unfurling the crispest of left-foot, bending finishes.
Legia corner after good defending from Amartey on the right of the penalty area. City clear it comfortably but their break breaks down and Soumare clips and trips Ribeiro as Legia counter up their left.
Interception by Thomas on halfway and he drives forward 20 yards before slipping it to Barnes down the left. The winger cuts in and tries to find an opportunity to shoot but gets too close to a defender but no bother as the ball deflects from the block-tackle to Daka who is on to in a flash, turns and rifles a left-foot shot across goal from about 15 yards and in at the right post.
Leicester corner earned by Thomas and Barnes. Maddison takes but it’s header away at the near post. Soumare sends it back in and it breaks back to Maddison who shimmies and jinks in off the left and wraps his right foot around a shot that has the right bend bit not the dip to sneak under the bar.
Robbie Savage has forsaken his Manchester United fandom to root for Leicester tonight. City take a knee, Legia do not. Daka is through the middle with Maddsion behind and they try to swarm the keeper Miszta as he tries to clear.
Caretaker boss Marek Golebiewski has urged struggling Legia Warsaw to revive their nightmare season at Leicester.
The Polish champions, who find themselves second bottom of the Ekstraklasa, arrive at the King Power Stadium with Group C wide open.
Legia are third, a point ahead of Leicester, after Spartak Moscow’s surprise 2-1 win over Napoli sent them top on Wednesday.
Just two points separate the four teams and Golebiewski, who replaced Czeslaw Michniewicz last month, wants the game to help breathe fresh life into their awful campaign.
“It is very important because this can decide the look of the table. If we are unsuccessful then the final one against Spartak will be the deciding game,” he said, with Legia having lost eight of their last nine games.
“It’s important we lift ourselves up from a mentally low place. We need to move forward and tomorrow’s victory would be very important. It would help us gain a better mental attitude.
“There’s no conflicts in the team. I have been in charge for a month and I’m still very enthusiastic for this. We are still looking to put the best squad together and looking to play the players in their best positions.
“We can see it is improving so if I still have a chance I would like to make sure I am working with this team. Leicester are a very good team and it is going to be quite difficult.”
And welcome to coverage of this fifth round of Group C matches in which Leicester City, currently bottom of the group (but merely two points off top spot) are looking for their first victory in November , following two draws and a defeat during a run when their sparkle seems to have dissipated entirely. They need to win tonight against a side who beat them 1-0 in Poland because their last fixture is a daunting trip to Napoli, but still a stadium of which their most prominent fan, Gary Lineker, will have fond memories, having scored two penalties to spring England from jail against Cameroon in the Italia 90 quarter-final.
Ayoze Perez was asked on the eve of the match whether speculation linking Brendan Rodgers to Manchester United had destabilised the club.
“We are not even thinking about that possibility,” Perez said. “What he has shown us, he is totally focused on where we can improve. We are not thinking about anything else, not him either. We are really focused here.
“He is trying to make us think about the basics (to improve form). You have to try not to overthink and overdo things. We are sure the win is close. We know the importance of tomorrow and we are focused on that.”
Victories in their final two games against Legia and then at Napoli next month will send the Foxes through to the last 16 as Group C winners. Should they finish second they will go into the play-offs for a place in the new knock-out phase and face one of the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage.
The Foxes are bottom after Spartak Moscow’s surprise 2-1 win over Napoli sent them top of the group on Wednesday.
Perez says the squad have held some tough inquests recently over their poor form. “They’ve been very honest and open conversations, which is very important,” he said. “In this situation we know we are struggling in terms of results and even performing but we are focused on what we can change to get the results we all want.”
Youri Tielemans will miss tonight’s game with a calf problem while Ricardo Pereira is sidelined with a hamstring issue. Wesley Fofana (broken leg) and James Justin (knee) are both long-term absentees.