27 November 2020 14:38
Last updated on.From the section European Football Jamie Vardy extended his record as Leicester's oldest European goalscorer on the night Luke Thomas became their youngest Jamie Vardy scored a dramatic injury-time goal to send Leicester into the knockout stage of the Europa League with a draw against Braga. The substitute turned home Marc Albrighton's cross as the Foxes came from behind three times to draw. Al Musrati blasted Braga ahead and Harvey Barnes equalised before Paulinho netted for the hosts. Luke Thomas got the Foxes level and Fransergio looked set to win it for Braga before Vardy's late goal. Zorya Luhansk's 3-0 win at AEK Athens in the group's other game meant a draw was enough for Brendan Rodgers' side.
The Foxes were indebted to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for keeping them in the game at stages, before the visitors' substitutes turned the game round. Leicester's subs make the difference Leicester - perhaps buoyed from a comfortable 4-0 win in their previous meeting with Braga - kept many of their stars on the bench in case of emergency. In the end they needed them. Braga fully deserved their 2-1 half-time lead as Al Musrati drilled home and Ricardo Horta rounded Schmeichel before finding Paulinho. In between those goals, Barnes smashed home from a tight angle. Schmeichel denied Paulinho on three occasions and Horta on another. The turning point was the half-time introductions of Wesley Fofana and Youri Tielemans, and the 62nd-minute introduction of Vardy and James Maddison. Vardy had a goal ruled out for offside moments after coming on and Fofana started a move and Maddison crossed for teenager Thomas to score his first goal in professional football and become Leicester's youngest European goalscorer. Leicester's decision to look for a winner appeared to have backfired when goalkeeper Matheus caught a cross and started a quick counter which ended in Wenderson Galeno finding substitute Fransergio to put Braga 3-2 up in the 90th minute. But Vardy started a move which he then finished when he stabbed home Albrighton's cross at the back post. One more win will clinch the group for Leicester but Rodgers has the luxury of fielding a weak team in the final two games if that is not a major priority. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: "Our plan was to play the system we were in, and if we had to chase the game we would change the shape 3-1-4-2 and those players [Maddison and Vardy] would change the dynamic of the game. "They are highly gifted players and they made a big difference. "In the first half we were too slow in our movement, too static and we weren't aggressive enough. In the second half, we were outstanding. "Youri [Tielemans] came on and dictated the tempo of the game. In the second half we were excellent with the football and Youri and James [Maddison] were the catalysts for that." Line-ups Match Stats Live Text Line-ups Sporting Braga 1 Lima Magalhães 3 Tormena de Farias 36 Viana Willemen Da Silva 5 Cruz Jerónimo Sequeira 47 de Sousa Esgaio 8 Al Musrati Booked at 64mins 88 Castro Pereira Substituted for Luz Horta at 87' minutes 90 do Nascimento Galeno 45 Picanco Medeiros Substituted for Rodrigues Barbosa at 77' minutes 21 da Luz Horta Substituted for Melo da Silva at 69' minutes 20 Dias Fernandes Booked at 84mins Substituted for Schettine Guimaraes at 87' minutes Booked at 90mins Substitutes 2 Teixeira Lopes dos Reis Gonçalves 6 Pires da Fonseca 7 Barradas Novais 9 Ruiz 15 Luz Horta 27 Rodrigues Barbosa 34 Melo da Silva 71 Infande 79 Duarte Couto 93 Veiga Santos 95 Schettine Guimaraes Leicester 1 Schmeichel 2 Justin 6 Evans Booked at 53mins 28 Fuchs Substituted for Fofana at 45' minutes 11 Albrighton Booked at 52mins 26 Praet Substituted for Tielemans at 45' minutes 20 Choudhury 33 Thomas 19 Ünder Substituted for Vardy at 62' minutes 15 Barnes Substituted for Maddison at 62' minutes 14 Iheanacho Substituted for Pérez at 68' minutes Substitutes 3 Fofana 5 Morgan 8 Tielemans 9 Vardy 10 Maddison 12 Ward 17 Pérez 24 Mendy 35 Jakupovic Referee: Daniele Orsato Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Sporting Braga 3, Leicester City 3. Full Time Second Half ends, Sporting Braga 3, Leicester City 3. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross. Post update Jonny Evans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Conceded by Matheus. Booking Guilherme Schettine (Sporting Braga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Post update James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Post update Foul by Guilherme Schettine (Sporting Braga). goal Goal! Goal! Sporting Braga 3, Leicester City 2. Fransergio (Sporting Braga) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wenderson Galeno following a fast break. Post update James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Foul by André Horta (Sporting Braga). Post update Foul by Wesley Fofana (Leicester City). Post update Nuno Sequeira (Sporting Braga) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Guilherme Schettine replaces Paulinho. Substitution Substitution, Sporting Braga. André Horta replaces André Castro. Post update Attempt missed. Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner. Post update Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nuno Sequeira. Booking Paulinho (Sporting Braga) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Post update Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Page 1 of 5 rewind previous Navigate to the next page next Navigate to the last page forward