Braga 3-3 Leicester Metropolis: Jamie Vardy sends Foxes into Europa League final 32

Braga 3-3 Leicester Metropolis: Jamie Vardy sends Foxes into Europa League final 32

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Jamie Vardy prolonged his report as Leicester’s oldest European goalscorer on the night time Luke Thomas turned their youngest

Jamie Vardy scored a dramatic injury-time purpose to ship Leicester into the knockout stage of the Europa League with a draw towards Braga.

The substitute turned house Marc Albrighton’s cross because the Foxes got here from behind thrice to attract.

Al Musrati blasted Braga forward and Harvey Barnes equalised earlier than Paulinho netted for the hosts.

Luke Thomas received the Foxes stage and Fransergio regarded set to win it for Braga earlier than Vardy’s late purpose.

Zorya Luhansk’s 3-0 win at AEK Athens within the group’s different recreation meant a draw was sufficient for Brendan Rodgers’ aspect.

The Foxes have been indebted to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for maintaining them within the recreation at phases, earlier than the guests’ substitutes turned the sport spherical.

Leicester’s subs make the distinction

Leicester – maybe buoyed from a cushty 4-0 win of their earlier assembly with Braga – stored lots of their stars on the bench in case of emergency.

In the long run they wanted them.

Braga totally deserved their 2-1 half-time lead as Al Musrati drilled house and Ricardo Horta rounded Schmeichel earlier than discovering Paulinho. In between these targets, Barnes smashed house from a good angle.

Schmeichel denied Paulinho on three events and Horta on one other.

The turning level was the half-time introductions of Wesley Fofana and Youri Tielemans, and the 62nd-minute introduction of Vardy and James Maddison.

Vardy had a purpose dominated out for offside moments after approaching and Fofana began a transfer and Maddison crossed for teenager Thomas to attain his first purpose in skilled soccer and grow to be Leicester’s youngest European goalscorer.

Leicester’s determination to search for a winner appeared to have backfired when goalkeeper Matheus caught a cross and began a fast counter which led to Wenderson Galeno discovering substitute Fransergio to place Braga 3-2 up within the ninetieth minute.

However Vardy began a transfer which he then completed when he stabbed house Albrighton’s cross on the again put up.

Yet one more win will clinch the group for Leicester however Rodgers has the posh of fielding a weak group within the ultimate two video games if that’s not a serious precedence.

‘We have been excellent in second half’

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “Our plan was to play the system we have been in, and if we needed to chase the sport we’d change the form 3-1-4-2 and people gamers [Maddison and Vardy] would change the dynamic of the sport.

“They’re extremely gifted gamers and so they made a giant distinction.

“Within the first half we have been too gradual in our motion, too static and we weren’t aggressive sufficient. Within the second half, we have been excellent.

“Youri [Tielemans] got here on and dictated the tempo of the sport. Within the second half we have been wonderful with the soccer and Youri and James [Maddison] have been the catalysts for that.”


Sporting Braga

  • 1Lima Magalhães
  • 3Tormena de Farias
  • 36Viana Willemen Da Silva
  • 5Cruz Jerónimo Sequeira
  • 47de Sousa Esgaio
  • 8Al MusratiBooked at 64mins
  • 88Castro PereiraSubstituted forLuz Hortaat 87′minutes
  • 90do Nascimento Galeno
  • 45Picanco MedeirosSubstituted forRodrigues Barbosaat 77′minutes
  • 21da Luz HortaSubstituted forMelo da Silvaat 69′minutes
  • 20Dias FernandesBooked at 84minsSubstituted forSchettine Guimaraesat 87′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 2Teixeira Lopes dos Reis Gonçalves
  • 6Pires da Fonseca
  • 7Barradas Novais
  • 9Ruiz
  • 12
  • 15Luz Horta
  • 27Rodrigues Barbosa
  • 34Melo da Silva
  • 71Infande
  • 79Duarte Couto
  • 93Veiga Santos
  • 95Schettine Guimaraes


  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2Justin
  • 6EvansBooked at 53mins
  • 28FuchsSubstituted forFofanaat 45′minutes
  • 11AlbrightonBooked at 52mins
  • 26PraetSubstituted forTielemansat 45′minutes
  • 20Choudhury
  • 33Thomas
  • 19ÜnderSubstituted forVardyat 62′minutes
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forMaddisonat 62′minutes
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forPérezat 69′minutes


  • 3Fofana
  • 5Morgan
  • 8Tielemans
  • 9Vardy
  • 10Maddison
  • 12Ward
  • 17Pérez
  • 24Mendy
  • 35Jakupovic

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