Leicester City booked their place in their first-ever European semi-final as they produced one of the comeback football scores of the weekend in the Europa Conference League. Leicester was on the front foot for much of the game but fell behind when Erhan Zahavi capitalized on a mistake from Youri Tielemans in the 27th minute. James Maddison equalized in the 77th minute before Ricardo Pereira scored the winner in the 88th minute.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “The first half, the guys worked hard but we were too slow in the tempo of our game. The build-up was too ponderous. We didn’t get it forward quick enough to create chances. The speed of our game and mobility was better in the second half and we looked very good going forwards and scored two good goals. The guys worked hard, Marc and Barnesy, on the outside but we needed more movement, more penetration in our game – especially with them being 1-0 up and they were going to sit back. We needed more mobility and rotation to create more space on the field.”
“I thought to come here against a team who has got a great record where they score a lot of goals and win, I’m so proud. I’m so happy for the supporters, who gave us great support on the evening. Great credit should go to the players, the personality in the second half was there, and the intensity was there. Sometimes we don’t make it easy for ourselves, but the level of our game in the second half was outstanding. I’m happy for everyone really. We’re a team that’s young in terms of European football. We come to PSV Eindhoven with a great history of winning the European Cup in 1988. For us, we’re so young in it.”
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