Tammy Abraham scored the only goal of the game as Roma produced one of the narrow football scores of the midweek action in the Europa Conference League. Following a 1-1 draw at the King Power, Leicester faced an uphill task at a sold-out Stadio Olimpico. Leicester’s poor record from set-pieces continued as Tammy Abraham headed the hosts ahead in the 11th minute. The visitors failed to trouble Rui Patricio thereafter with James Madison missing a half chance in stoppage time.
Roma: Rui Patricio (6), Mancini (6), Smalling (8), Ibanez (6), Karsdorp (7), Cristante (6), Sergio Oliveira (6), Pellegrini (7), Zalewski (7), Zaniolo (7), Abraham (8).
Subs: Vina (n/a), Veretout (n/a), Shomurodov (n/a).
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Ricardo Pereira (6), Fofana (7), Evans (6), Justin (7), Maddison (6), Tielemans (6), Dewsbury-Hall (6), Lookman (5), Vardy (6), Barnes (5).
Subs: Iheanacho (6), Perez (7), Amartey (6), Castagne (6).
Man of the match: Tammy Abraham.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “Of course, when you lose the second leg of a semi-final it’s disappointing. It’s a great arena to come and play in. We were much better in the second half. I had to make changes as we weren’t aggressive enough. There weren’t many chances for both teams. We’ve tried every structure in the box but we lack the required physicality to deal with certain situations. It’s been our Achilles heel all season and it’s cost us again tonight. We needed to then get an extra body through the middle and the players responded well in the second half.”
Roma boss Jose Mourinho: “Of course, it is an emotional night. When you work in Rome and live in Rome, you breathe Rome as Roma is the real club of this city. Felt from the day I signed, I knew it was a huge club. The history is not related to the social dimension of the club. We’ve managed to build an OK team that has beaten a Premier League team so I am feeling for the people and for the players. This for us is our Champions League.”
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