Leicester’s promising season has been dealt an enormous blow as they crashed out the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The Foxes, flying excessive within the Premier League and within the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, had been surprised by Slavia Prague on the King Energy, falling to a 2-Zero house defeat to exit European soccer for one more season.
Having secured a promising 0-Zero away draw within the first leg within the Czech Republic, Leicester had been favourites to make it to the round-of-16 by claiming a easy house win.
However Lukas Provod and Abdallah Sima each struck within the second-half to sentence Brendan Rodgers’ facet to a last-32 exit.
Rodgers has by no means reached the last-16 of the competitors after 4 earlier failures with Liverpool and Celtic and his newest miss on Thursday.
The wheels started to fall off Leicester’s Champions League hopes this time final season as they finally completed fifth they usually now should guarantee this blow doesn’t trigger lasting harm.
They continue to be third within the Premier League, additionally dealing with an FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United subsequent month, and the membership are on an upward curve however this defeat will damage.
Locked at 0-Zero from the primary leg the Foxes had been favourites however Slavia boss Jindrich Trpisovsky predicted a defensive begin and so it proved.
Leicester discovered possibilities arduous to return by towards the organised Czech champions – though they practically gifted Slavia a gap after 28 minutes.
Caglar Soyuncu miscued his clearance from Nicolae Stanciu’s lengthy ball and Sima raced onto it however his shot dropped vast with Kasper Schmeichel scrambling.
Solely Cengiz Beneath’s cross and low early drive saved Ondrej Kolar alert and Slavia had been ready to attend as they slowly gained a foothold within the recreation with Jan Kuchta heading vast six minutes earlier than the break.
With out the injured James Maddison’s creativity and Harvey Barnes’ driving runs – with the winger beginning on the bench – Leicester couldn’t spark any momentum and performed into the guests’ arms.
Jamie Vardy kicked an promoting board in anger as one cross was intercepted by Kolar to sum up the Foxes’ first-half frustrations.
Vardy has now scored simply as soon as in 11 video games – a present of a purpose from Alisson Becker towards Liverpool – with the striker but to search out prime gear earlier than and after a minor hernia operation in January.
And his woes grew when Slavia opened the scoring 4 minutes into the second half.
Stanciu hung a deep cross to the far put up and Provod arrived unmarked to brush a managed volley previous Schmeichel from seven yards.
It ended Leicester’s run of 234 minutes with out conceding within the Europa League and left the hosts needing to attain twice.
Rodgers aimed to repair the Foxes’ lack of penetration with the triple substitution of Timothy Castagne, Ricardo Pereira and Barnes on the hour.
However resilient Slavia resisted the contemporary legs and settled the tie with 11 minutes left.
Sima collected Peter Olayinka’s move and when Soyuncu failed to shut him down the ahead discovered the underside nook from 25 yards.