The Foxes fell behind when Erhan Zahavi punished Youri Tielemans’ mistake in the first half. James Maddison equalised the game with the opponents with 13 minutes left. In a stunning high finish; Ricardo made a dramatic equaliser in 88 minutes. Leicester will be facing Bodo/Glimt or Roma in the last four games.
Leicester scored twice in the final 13 minutes and made their way to the win in a dramatic way. The team turned around their Europa Conference League during the quarter-final at PSV Eindhoven. They reached the last four via a 2-1 victory.
Despite starting well in Holland, Brendan Rodgers’ team found themselves behind when Youri Tielemans’ mistake. Erhan Zahavi finished the past Kasper Schmeichel via Jonny Evans’ deflection.
The Foxes discovered some good chances through Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka. They finally found an equaliser on 77 minutes. This happened when the substitute Ayoze Perez squared for James Maddison and finished high into the net.
Within two minutes left, Ricardo Pereira finished off the rebound after Daka’s shot. He was saved by the PSV goalkeeper Mvogo. For most of the evening, Leicester was dominant in possession but they still lacked the composure in their final ball. Warning signs were given by PSV when Schmeichel saved both Mario Gotze and Mauro Jr. They availed their best chance in the opening 25 minutes.
Maddison beat Fofana for a superb display while fasting
While Maddison and Ricardo played superbly and were Foxes’ heroes. The former paid tribute to young defender Fofana as he played well and delivered the top performance at the back even during his Ramadan fasting season.
The Frenchman was not only just back from a long-term leg injury, but was excellent in one-on-one scenarios. He stopped promising attacks that were made by Gotze and Zahavi in the second half with well-timed tackles.
“The togetherness of the boys is unbelievable,” said Maddison after the game. ”
Wesley Fofana was fasting and was not eating or drinking anything all day. He still puts in a performance like that! He stopped all the counterattacks by sprinting!
Rodgers hails the cunning personality of young Foxes
Credit must go to Rodgers as he made the three attacking changes in Lookman, Daka and Ayoze Perez. All of them had major involvements in Leicester’s two late goals. The Foxes boss believed that the speed of his side’s play was too slow in the first half. This prompted the players to take Barnes and Albrighton off.
Leicester is back in Premier League action. They will be heading to Newcastle on Sunday, kick-off at 2.15 pm. Brendan Rodgers’ side will be expected to continue their three-game unbeaten run which will be held at St James’ Park. The midweek trip to relegation-threatened Everton.
PSV will have a huge game on Sunday which will be played against Eredevise title rivals Ajax. They are managed by prospective Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag. They will go on head-to-head in the KNVB Cup final; kick-off at 5 pm. With just five games left in the league season. The PSV trail Ten Hag’s Ajax lead by only four points.