Roma vs Leicester City live: Score and latest updates from Europa Conference League semi-final second leg

by 24britishtvMay 5, 2022, 8:20 p.m. 13
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Having gone on an incredible journey as a club since being promoted from the Championship eight years ago, Leicester now have a shot at European glory.

Well, fine, yes, maybe "European glory" is a bit strong given that Brendan Rodgers admitted he didn't know anything about this tournament after his side exited the Europa League at the group stage in December. Winning the first edition of the Europa Conference League would still be an impressive feat, however, and would go down as another underdog triumph alongside winning the Premier League in 2016 and the FA Cup last season.

This semi-final is nicely poised, with Leicester snatching a 1-1 draw against Roma at the King Power Stadium last week thanks to an unfortunate own goal from Gianluca Mancini. Rodgers' side had the better chances following Lorenzo Pellegrini's early opener but, nonetheless, they arrive at the Stadio Olimpico knowing that they will need to win outright in the second leg to reach the final in Tirana.

Rodgers has done his best to make up for his initial scepticism towards Europe's third tier. "There was disappointment when we came out of the Europa League, but when you saw the level of the teams you knew it was a prestigious competition," he said earlier this week.

"I'm pretty sure that was the notion of Uefa when it was put together. That's the desire we're carrying as we look to get to the final.

"This is another chapter in the story and our main objective is to keep the story of this club going.

"We're playing in a one-off game and I know we have been able to do a good job against difficult teams.

"We know how to get the job done, so we go to Roma with no fear."

Much has been made of Rodgers' reunion with his former mentor, Jose Mourinho, whom he worked under at Chelsea. Mourinho has been highly complimentary about his opposite number, calling him a "perfect fit" at Leicester, but whether that magnanimity will last until the final whistle this evening is yet to be seen.

After a difficult third full season at Leicester, with his side currently 11th in the Premier League, Rodgers knows this is a chance to cement his legacy at the club. "It is a very young team playing at this level and we will gain from the experiences," he added.

"Can we pick up the club's first piece of silverware in Europe? Now this is another chapter for us to write in our history."

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