Leicester lead Europa League group after beating Legia Warsaw

Leicester took control of their Europa League destiny with a deserved 3-1 victory over Legia Warsaw.

Patson Daka, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi sent the Foxes to the top of Group C ahead of next month’s final game against Napoli.

A victory in Napoli would reserve Brendan Rodgers’ side an automatic place in the last 16.

Filip Mladenovic scared the Foxes when he continued after Kasper Schmeichel saved Mahir Emreli’s penalty, but it was ultimately a comfortable night.

Yet in the stands, Legia supporters were embroiled in a second half battle with the police as they attempted to reach Leicester fans, having already set off several flares.

Napoli’s 2-1 surprise loss to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday left the squad wide open and as the Foxes started the night low they knew the victory would propel them to the top.

Pre-game, Rodgers had called the prospect in the middle of the Foxes’ inconsistent season. He was scoring a point, having won the club’s first FA Cup in May and clinching two fifth consecutive places in the Premier League, but his side were due to deliver in Europe on Thursday.

Two draws at home – and September’s 1-0 defeat in Warsaw – had hampered their chances of making it into Group C, but with the visitors on their worst run in 85 years, Rodgers admitted Leicester had no excuse .

Their plans were met early after Jonny Evans retired after the warm-up to be replaced by Daniel Amartey, but the Foxes made the decision to take the lead after just 11 minutes.

Harvey Barnes’ mad run ended when the winger found himself in a bind, but he got lucky and the ball deflected towards Daka at the edge of the area for the Zambian to expertly pierce Cezary Miszta.

It made history when Daka became the Foxes’ European top scorer with his fifth goal of the competition.

Legia, who fell to Ekstraklasa’s second bottom after seven straight losses, was a compliant victim and Maddison added a second after 21 minutes.

The midfielder recovered Ademola Lookman’s pass in the box and, after dodging a lackluster defense, shot from 12 yards.

Still, Leicester’s tendency to self-destruct this season threatened to derail them five minutes later when Ndidi unnecessarily manipulated the surface.

Kasper Schmeichel only saved Emreli’s penalty for Mladenovic to cover the rebound – but it was just a blow to the Foxes who made the game safe before the break.

Seven minutes later, Ndidi atoned for his mistake when he took advantage of a miserable defense from Legia to peek into Maddison’s corner.

It was decisive and the Foxes played the second half with a certain comfort, despite the improvement of the visitors.

Barnes and Timothy Castagne tested Miszta, but attention turned to Legia fans, who were involved in battles with the police midway through the second half.

Around 100 supporters tore the net that separated them and home fans, with police forced to arrest them.

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