Own goal earns hard-fought draw for Leicester in hunt for European final spot

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A Gianluca Mancini ain extremity kept Leicester dreaming successful Europe aft a gutsy gully with Roma.

The defender was unfortunate capable to divert Ademola Lookman’s shot into his ain nett to nonstop the Foxes to the Stadio Olimpico for their Europa Conference League semi-final 2nd limb adjacent week locked astatine 1-1.

Brendan Rodgers’ broadside gave themselves a warring accidental successful Italy aft a spirited display, contempt Lorenzo Pellegrini’s first-half opener.

They bossed Roma for agelong spells and volition consciousness they tin scope adjacent month’s last successful Tirana.

However, Leicester volition beryllium frustrated with a gully having started well, lone to fto their defender down erstwhile successful the archetypal half.

Jamie Vardy’s 19-minute cameo successful Saturday’s 0-0 gully with Aston Villa allowed him to agelong his legs and his menace was evident wrong the archetypal 2 minutes.

Chris Smalling slipped nether unit from the striker, forcing Gianluca Mancini to wide down the archetypal of a flurry of Leicester corners.

From one, a stretching Timothy Castagne headed wide astatine the acold station but Leicester’s agleam opening was halted erstwhile Roma grabbed the pb aft 15 minutes.

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Lorenzo Pellegrini (right) gave Roma the pb astatine the King Power Stadium (Mike Egerton/PA)

Nicolo Zaniolo’s crossfield walk recovered Nicola Zalewski and helium was allowed to tally unchallenged and gaffe successful Pellegrini.

The skipper had darted down Wesley Fofana and, with Youri Tielemans failing to way him, fired his 4th extremity successful 8 European matches this play done Kasper Schmeichel’s legs.

The Foxes mislaid Castagne, replaced by James Justin, to wounded soon aft and they concisely mislaid their mode arsenic Roma grew into the contest.

Yet the Foxes rediscovered their wound and Lookman doubly stretched the visitors. First, Smalling expertly blocked Lookman’s changeable earlier coming to the rescue of Rui Patricio aft 34 minutes.

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Ademola Lookman (right) played a cardinal relation successful Leicester’s equaliser (Mike Egerton/PA)

Lookman, this clip connected the borderline of the area, again recovered abstraction with Patricio parrying his thrust and the goalkeeper needed Smalling to rapidly wide up of a lurking Vardy.

Former Manchester United defender Smalling past clattered Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall – again fantabulous for the Foxes – lone for James Maddison’s escaped footwear to deed the wall.

Maddison curled implicit 5 minutes earlier the interruption and the taxable continued successful the 2nd fractional with Lookman wholly miscuing a header implicit from six yards.

But the on-loan RB Leipzig guardant had been the Foxes biggest menace and Roma’s resoluteness yet broke aft 67 minutes.

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Substitute Harvey Barnes made an instant interaction arsenic Roger Ibanez tried to chopped retired his walk into the area, lone to play the shot consecutive backmost to the winger.

Barnes took afloat vantage and crossed for Lookman, with the shot bundled successful from adjacent scope with the assistance of a deflection disconnected Mancini.

Buoyant Leicester looked for a 2nd and Kelechi Iheanacho headed implicit nether unit portion Maddison ramped up his influence.

The Foxes – by acold the amended broadside – kept their chill arsenic they searched for openings and Patricio needed to crook Iheanacho’s curling effort wide aft Tielemans robbed Bryan Cristante.

Yet they were astir undone with 10 minutes near aft superb footwork and spot from Tammy Abraham teed up Sergio Oliveira and Schmeichel turned his effort behind.

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