Leicester ideally returned to the race for qualification by seizing first place in its group, one day before the verdict of this group stage. The Foxes have mastered Legia Warsaw (3-1) in the wake of James Maddison, scorer and passer. PSV Eindhoven, Rangers and Olympiakos also made the law in front of their home crowd, winning respectively against SK Sturm Graz (2-0), Sparta Prague (2-0) and Fenerbahçe (1-0 ). The Greeks can still hope to pass Eintracht Frankfurt, which failed to get rid of Antwerp (2-2).
Last before Matchday 5, Leicester are now in pole position in Group C. Les Foxes have pressed a little more a Legia Warsaw team in the midst of a crisis. Patson Daka has scored his fifth goal in this European campaign (11e). James Maddison’s left paw (21e) and the header from Wilfred Ndidi (33e) did the rest. The Legia saved the honor thanks to Filip Mladenović, attentive after the stop of Kasper Schmeichel on the penalty of Mahir Emreli (26e). Leicester will play its qualification in two weeks in Naples, which fell to third place with its defeat at Spartak Moscow (2-1).
Everything also remains to be done in Group D. Eintracht Frankfurt missed the boat by being hooked by Royal Antwerp (2-2). Kevin Trapp gave in to Radja Nainggolan and Mbwana Samatta. the super sub Gonçalo Paciência equalized in added time, but the German club will still have to fight for its qualification. Olympiakos have indeed won the Valbuenico against Fenerbahçe, to return to a point of the first place. Dominator, the Greek champion found the loophole at the very end of the game by Tiquinho (90e). Mathieu Valbuena came into play in the 68e minute.
The fate of the Rangers is however sealed. Out in the semi-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue on Sunday, the Gers raised their heads by checking out Sparta Prague on the occasion of the first on the bench of Giovanni van Bronckhorst (2-0). They relied on their goal scorer Alfredo Morelos, author of a double, with the complicity of opposing defender Filip Panák. Doorman Allan McGregor also did the job, and brilliantly, in the money time. A success far from trivial since it ensures them to finish second, behind OL. PSV Eindhoven are not far from doing the same in Group C, with their 2-0 victory over SK Sturm Graz allowing them to overtake Real Sociedad. A draw in Anoeta will be enough to rally the dams. There’s just.
Leicester 3-1 Legia
Goals: Daka (11e), Maddison (21e) et Ndidi (33e) // Mladenović (26e)
Olympiacos 1-0 Fenerbahce
But: Tiquinho (90e)
Rangers 2-0 Sparta Prague
Buts : Morelos (15e, 49e)
PSV 2-0 Sturm Graz
Buts: Vinicius (45e sp) and Winter (55e)
Eintracht Francfort 2-2 Royal Antwerp
Buts : Kamada (12e) et Patience (90e+4) // Nainggolan (33e) and Samatta (88e)
By Quentin Ballue