Leicester moved to top of Europa League group, but crowd troubles march victory over Warsaw

Leicester moved to top of Europa League group, but crowd troubles march victory over Warsaw

Leicester took control of their destiny in the Europa League with a deserved 3-1 win over Legia Warsaw.

atson Daka, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi sent the Foxes to the top of Group C for next month’s final game against Napoli.

A win in Naples would automatically put Brendan Rodgers’ side in the last 16.

Filip Mladenovic startled the Foxes when he chased after Kasper Schmeichel saved Mahir Emreli’s penalty, but it was a comfortable night in the end.

But in the stands, Legia supporters were involved in a fight with police in the second half as they tried to reach Leicester fans, having already set off several flares.

Napoli’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday left the group wide open and as the Foxes started the evening at the bottom, they knew the win would propel them to the top.

Rodgers had asked for perspective ahead of the game amid the Foxes’ inconsistent season. He had a point after winning the club’s first FA Cup in May and two consecutive fifth-place finishes in the Premier League, but his team had to perform in Europe on Thursday.

Two home draws – and September’s 1-0 defeat in Warsaw – had hampered their chances of making it through Group C, but with the visitors having their worst run in 85 years, Rodgers admitted Leicester had no excuses.

Their plans were met early on after Jonny Evans withdrew after warm-up to be replaced by Daniel Amartey, but the Foxes made the change and took the lead after 11 minutes.

Harvey Barnes’ maddening run ended when the winger ran into a dead end, but he got a lucky break and the ball bounced through to Daka on the edge of the field for the Zambian to skillfully drill past Cezary Miszta.

It made history when Daka became the leading European goalscorer for the Foxes with his fifth goal of the competition.

Having fallen to the second bottom of the Ekstraklasa after seven consecutive defeats, Legia was the victim of the settlement and Maddison added a second after 21 minutes.

The midfielder collected the pass from Ademola Lookman in the area and, after dodging some lackluster defenses, shot from 12 yards.

But Leicester’s propensity to self-destruct this season threatened to derail them five minutes later when Ndidi acted needlessly in the area.

Kasper Schmeichel saved Emreli’s penalty kick only for Mladenovic to obscure the rebound – but it was just a blunder for the Foxes to make the game safe for half-time.

Seven minutes later, Ndidi made up for his mistake when he took advantage of some wretched Legia defense to peek into Maddison’s corner.

It was decisive and the Foxes played out the second half with a degree of comfort, despite the improvement of the visitors.

Barnes and Timothy Castagne tested Miszta, but attention turned to the Legia fans, who were involved in clashes with the police midway through the second half.

About 100 supporters tore through the mesh separating them and the home fans were forced with police to stop them.

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