Roma vs Leicester
UEFA Europa Conference League
Semi-finals, 2nd leg
After the stalemate at the King Power stadium in the 1st leg, last night’s fixture was everything to play for. It was a classic Mourinho tactic that paid off.
The hosts were ahead in the tie in no time through Tammy Abraham’s 11th minute attempt. Following this, the Romans were happy to stay back and defend. Thanks to the near flawless defending, Giallorossi will have the opportunity to win their first major European trophy.
Roma vs Leicester: Match report
Full time score: Roma 1-0 Leicester (agg: 2-1)
Roma: Rui Patrício; Mancini, Smalling, Ibañez; Karsdorp, Cristante, Sérgio Oliveira, Pellegrini, Zalewski (Viña 84); Zaniolo (Veretout 78), Abraham (Shomurodov 88)
Goal: Abraham 11′
Leicester: Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira (Castagne 69), Fofana, Evans, Justin; Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall (Pérez 77); Lookman (Amartey 46), Vardy, Barnes (Iheanacho 46)
Post match reaction
Tammy Abraham, Roma goalscorer: “I have no words for the team and the fans. It’s a dream come true. Roma have deserved a final for a long time: I’m happy we reached it, for me and everyone.”
José Mourinho, Roma coach: “We had a fantastic game, the players are great and deserve this final. In 180 minutes our goalkeeper had just two saves to make.”
Brendan Rodgers, Leicester manager: “Of course when you lose the second leg of a semi-final it’s disappointing. The second half, we were much better. We forced the game and imposed our way into the game. We had to make changes, I thought we weren’t aggressive enough in the first half.”
Jonny Evans, Leicester defender: “Going behind to a Mourinho team, you knew it was going to be difficult to break them down anyway. Losing that goal in the first-half to a set piece, which has been a problem for us, we didn’t really find a way back in.”