Leicester City have retained AS Roma

Europa Conference League: Leicester City hold Roma to Fenerbahce Marseille Gianluca Mancini’s own goal in the second half allowed Leicester City to a 1-1 draw with Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the first leg of their Europa Conference League semi-final on Thursday, with Feyenoord beating Marseille in a five-goal thriller. Follow football news and live updates on Insidesport.IN

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Europa Conference League: Leicester City retain AS Roma as Fenerbahce Marseille in the semi-finals of the Conference League

Mancini got the final touch in the middle of the second half as he tried to stop Ademola Lukman from taking a turn on a low ball driven by Harvey Barnes’ six-yard box. This brought them to Leicester level in their first European semifinal after Lorenzo Pellegrini put Roma ahead early at King Power Stadium.

Tie, who is Mourinho’s rival against Brendan Rodgers, his one-time guardian on Chelsea’s coaching staff, is now ready before returning to Italy next week.

“I thought we played so well, really dominated the game, and I’m very satisfied with the performance.” Rogers told broadcaster BT Sport.

Mourinho hopes to add a new third-tier European trophy to his collection by winning two Champions Leagues, a UEFA Cup and a Europa League in his management career, and Roma could not have wished for a better start.

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Europa Conference League: Leicester City retain AS Roma as Fenerbahce Marseille in the semi-finals of the Conference League

They advanced to the quarter-hour when Nikola Zalewski collected the ball to the left and Leicester went on to fire a low goal to Caspar Schmeichel before playing captain Pellegrini.

Last season’s FA Cup winners, who were relegated to the Conference League after being knocked out of the Europa League in the group stage, suffered a setback when Timothy Castin was forced into the middle of the first half.

Lukman tested goalkeeper Rui Patricio from the range just after the half-hour mark but it was Burns’ second-half identity that proved crucial in bringing the Premier League team back to parity.

Burns replaces Mark Albrighton at the same time as Kelechi Ihyanacho was sent off for Jamie Verdi, the experienced forward who made his first start in March after his last injury.

Europa Conference League: Leicester City retain AS Roma as Fenerbahce Marseille in the semi-finals of the Conference League

Burnsai entered the box before drilling a low ball to the left of the Nigerian international Lukman. Italian international defender Mancini helped the ball to 1-1 over the line.

Rui Patricio then shot Ihyanacho around the post and Leicester – whose former striker Gary Lineker was watching from the stand – had to find a way to victory in Rome if they could reach the final in the Albanian capital Tirana. Next month.

“We played an opponent with a different culture, a different intensity and it’s good for us to take everything to Rome.” Mourinho told BT Sport.

“I am not saying that it is easy but it is better to go home with this result. Let’s go to the finals. I’m not talking about the final in Tirana, but I’m talking about the final in Rome.

Feyenoord beat Marseille 3-2 at Rotterdam, giving them a two-goal lead early in the second half before being declared the winner the night before.

Colombian forward Lewis Cincinnati dropped the ball for Cereal Desers to open the scoring for the Dutch in the 18th minute, and just two minutes later the Cincinnati doubled their lead, deflecting his shot from Valentin Rangier’s ball and sweeping home with the help of Reiss Nelson.

Europa Conference League: Leicester City retain AS Roma as Fenerbahce Marseille in the semi-finals of the Conference League

In a remarkable match between the two former European Cup winners, Marseille brought back a goal in the 28th minute when Cedric Bacambu played a ball on the way to Bamba Dieng and the Senegal striker broke through a shot from outside the area.

The French spectators were level five minutes before half-time when Matteo Guendozi’s low cross from the right side of the box came to smash Feyenoord’s goalkeeper Ofir Marciano and Brazil’s midfielder Gerson Luz.

Nevertheless, in a tense atmosphere at De Quipe, Feyenoord stepped back in just 11 seconds into the second half as Duje Caleta-Carr’s short backpass was blocked by the Desers and the Belgian-born Nigerian snatched the international opportunity.

Marseille will now have to make up for the shortfall when the teams meet again at Velodrome next Thursday.

Europa Conference League: In the semi-finals of the Conference League, Leicester City retain AS Roma as the Fenerbahce Marseille; Follow football news and live updates on Insidesport.IN

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