Leicester snatch draw with Roma to leave Conference League semi-final in the balance


eicester snatched a draw to open their Europa Conference League semi-final with Roma on Thursday night.

Gianluca Mancini put through his own net to leave the tie perfectly poised at 1-1 ahead of the two teams reconvening in Italy next week.

Roma took the lead after 15 minutes at Leicester through Lorenzo Pellegrini after an incisive through ball from Nicola Zalewski set up the chance for the visiting captain, who slipped his shot through goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s legs.

The home side dominated after that but had to wait until midway through the second half for an equaliser as Harvey Barnes burst into the box and his cross from the byline was turned into his own net by Mancini under pressure from Ademola Lookman.

In the other semi-final, Feyenoord let a two-goal lead slip before wrestling back the advantage against Marseille with a 3-2 victory in Rotterdam.

Feyenoord scored twice in as many minutes early in the first half to take the upper hand in their tie at De Kuip. Cyriel Dessers and Luis Sinisterra provided the reward for a positive start in which the hosts mounted wave after wave of attacks.

But Marseille pulled a goal back with a thunderous strike from 25 yards from Bamba Dieng that flew past Ofir Marciano at his near post in the 28th minute and they were level before the break as the keeper could only parry Matteo Guendouzi’s cross and Gerson fired into the net from in the 40th minute.

Dessers put Feyenoord back in front straight after the break as Duje Caleta-Car left his back pass to keeper Steve Mandanda short and Nigeria international Dessers stole in to score and give the Dutch side the advantage ahead of their trip to France.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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