Leicester City vs Legia Warsaw, Europa League: live score and latest updates

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9:38PM

77 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                                   

Perez, who has been very good, dribbles down the inside right then flicks a pass to Ndidi on the overlap. He centres in the box but his cross is too close to the keeper. 

Emreli and Luqinhas are substituted for Legia. On come Pekhart and IDK. 

9:35PM

75 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                                  

Barnes takes it to the byline by the left corner flag but then sends the ball back into midfield and Ndidi conducts the orchestra, knocking it left, then right as they soak up possession. 

9:32PM

72 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                                 

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?

9:29PM

69 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                                

Perez strides down the inside-left, slips  a pass forward to Daka who tees up Castagne for a right-foot shot that sails wide. Should have hit the target … never mind, he was offside anyway. 

9:27PM

67 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                               

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. 

9:25PM

64 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                              

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. 

9:21PM

62 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                             

Mladenovoc bends the free-kick beyond the back stick and all those attacking the ball.

Double substitution for Leicester: Deswbury-Hall and Perez come on for Soumare and Perez. 

9:20PM

59 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                            

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.  

9:17PM

56 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                           

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. 

9:14PM

53 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                          

Leicester are given the benefit by the referee who concludes oddly that Schmeichel did not catch the ball behind the touchline and allows him to throw it out instead of taking a goalkick. 

9:12PM

51 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                         

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. 

9:09PM

48 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                        

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. 

9:05PM

46 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                       

Legia send on Holownia for Johansson, switch to a back four with the veteran and captain Jedrzejczyk from sweeper to right-back. 

8:50PM

Half-time Leicester 3-1 Legia

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. 

8:48PM

45+1 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                      

Barnes skips down the left, has Johansson on toast and pulls it back for Daka who can’t get his feet sorted quickly enough to do anything but scuff a stabbed effort from eight yards that Legia clear. 

8:47PM

44 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                     

Wieteska meets the corner with a bludgeoned near-post header that sends the ball arrowing towards the back post but Castagne reads the flight and heads it away. 

8:45PM

42 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                    

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.

8:44PM

40 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                   

Soumare lets the ball run across him and recovers by committing a foul.  

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Ndidi catches out the flapping Miszta

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8:41PM

38 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                  

Mladenovic arcs in a left-wing cross towards Muci at the back post. It was deflected by Castagne and went behind but the referee awards a goalkick and Mladenovic is booked for arguing. 

8:39PM

35 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                 

The corner was earned by the fleet-footed Barnes and he earns another when dribbling down the left and cuts inside. Maddison will test the keeper again … but this time it’s cleared at the near post. 

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Mladenovic scores for Legia after Schmeichel’s smart penalty save

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8:36PM

33 min Leicester 3-1 Legia                

Terrible from the goalkeeper who came out, flapped like a kite at it and Ndidi steered it into the right corner from seven yards or so with a firm header. 

8:35PM

GOOOAL!

Leicester 3-1 Legia Justice for Ndidi as he makes it 3-1 from a left-wing corner. 

8:35PM

31 min Leicester 2-1 Legia               

The Sebia left-back Mladenovic cuts in from the left, gets away from Castagne and fires a right-foot shot that Amartey has to turn behind for a corner. 

Legia take it short and it quickly fizzles out. 

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Maddison doubles Leicester’s lead

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8:32PM

29 min Leicester 2-1 Legia              

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. 

8:30PM

28 min Leicester 2-1 Legia             

Ndidi didn’t do too much wrong to concede the penalty. It was just one of those unfortunate things. 

8:28PM

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GOOAL!!

Leicester 2-1 Legia (Mladenovic).  Schmeichel saves Emreli’s penalty low to his left but Mladenovic followed it in at breakneck pace to bury the rebound. 

8:27PM

25 min Leicester 2-0 Legia            

Legia penalty for Ndidi’s handball. His hands were up when Soyuncu defended the cross but could only glance the header on. 

8:25PM

22 min Leicester 2-0 Legia           

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. 

8:22PM

GOOOAL!!         

Leicester 2 Legia 0 (Maddsion)

8:22PM

20 min Leicester 1-0 Legia          

Mladenovic sends in a brilliant, dipping free-kick that only needed a decisive player to head it in but no one ws on the front foot and it bounces and skips out for a goalkick.

8:20PM

18 min Leicester 1-0 Legia         

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.  

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Daka fires in the opening goal

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8:18PM

16 min Leicester 1-0 Legia        

Maddison is suffering from Dele Alli disease. Seems to have completely lost his ability to glide and looks ponderous. 

8:17PM

14 min Leicester 1-0 Legia       

Daka has brilliant instincts and finished that well. Looks a great buy. 

8:14PM

12 min Leicester 1-0 Legia      

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.  

8:12PM

GOOOOAL!!

Leicester 1-0 Legia (Daka)

8:11PM

9 min Leicester 0-0 Legia     

Ndidi’s cross from the right is missed by Ribiro and the ball breaks out to Barnes on the left. He raises his head, scans the box and sees Daka but then overhits the cross. Right idea, poor execution. 

8:09PM

7 min Leicester 0-0 Legia    

Lookman and Maddison combine on the left to send Maddison round the back to the byline but his cutback goes straight to Johansson who knocks it clear. 

8:08PM

5 min Leicester 0-0 Legia   

Barnes chips the ball up for Daka but it clears him and skips into the keeper’s arms. Daja gives him the aloft thumb a la Macca. 

8:05PM

3 min Leicester 0-0 Legia  

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. 

8:03PM

2 min Leicester 0-0 Legia 

Good work from Luquinhas in midfield, cutting in from the left, sets up Slisz for a shot from 25 yards which he hits low and straight at Schmeichel. 

8:03PM

1 min Leicester 0-0 Legia

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.

8:00PM

Late Leicester change

Amartey replaces Evans who was injured in the warm up. 

7:59PM

Your teams in black and white

As Leicester revert to a back four

Leicester  Schmeichel; Castagne, Soyuncu, Evans, Thomas; Maddison, Ndidi, Soumare; Lookman, Daka, Barnes. Subs Bertrand, Vardy, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho, Perez, Amartey, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Vestergaard, Marcal-Madivadua, Stolarczyk.

Legia Warsaw  Miszta, Johansson, Wieteska, Jedrzejczyk, Yuri Ribeiro, Andre Martins, Slisz, Mladenovic, Muci, Emreli, Luquinhas.
Subs  Holownia, Pekhart, Celhaka, Skibicki, Wlodarczyk, Rose, Tobiasz, Ciepiela.

Referee  Deniz Aytekin (Germany)

7:26PM

‘It is going to be quite difficult’

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.”

6:57PM

Legia Warsaw starting XI

6:55PM

Leicester starting XI

4:05PM

Good evening

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.