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Leicester survive penalty scare to keep European hopes alive after entertaining draw with PSV at King Power Stadium


Leicester have everything to do in the second leg of their Europa Conference League quarter-final with PSV Eindhoven after being held 0-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were the better side throughout the first leg at home, creating several chances that could have tipped the tie in their favor.

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Gotze almost opened the scoring after being played by Pereira

Leicester survive penalty scare to keep European hopes alive after entertaining draw with PSV at King Power Stadium

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Barnes came awfully close to giving the Foxes a first-leg lead as he shook the crossbar with a powerful effort

Kelechi Iheanacho took advantage of his key first chance of the game but missed his effort after being played behind the defense, while James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall created plenty of problems for the visitors.

Their best chance, however, came from Harvey Barnes who shook off the crossbar with a fine effort that nearly found the top corner of the net.

Leicester certainly didn’t have it their way.

Mario Gotze came very close to giving PSV the lead in the opening minutes after being played by Ricardo Pereira, before being denied by a fine save from Kaspar Schmeichel.

Pereira nearly got caught again in the second half after appearing to bring down Cody Gakpo, who had attracted interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, in the Leicester area.

Despite muted calls, the Foxes looked lucky to get away with an awkward challenge that could have easily resulted in a VAR check, had the system been in play in the quarter-finals.

Leicester survive penalty scare to keep European hopes alive after entertaining draw with PSV at King Power Stadium

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Gakpo was unlucky not to win a penalty after a challenge from Pereira


Revitalized after capitalizing on their chance, Leicester moved forward during the second half but struggled to create many clear chances against the second-placed Eredivisie side.

A draw in the first leg against PSV is certainly not a bad result, far from it.

However, with a trip to Eindhoven’s Philips Stadium just seven days away, there’s no doubt Rodgers will be somewhat disappointed that his side couldn’t turn their dominance into a tangible advantage before what should be a tricky second. . leg next week.

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