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 came through his own net to leave the tie perfectly balanced at 1-1 before the two teams met in Italy next week.

Roma took the lead after 15 minutes at Leicester through Lorenzo Pellegrini after an incisive through ball from Nicola Zalewski gave the visiting captain the chance, who slid his shot through the legs of goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The home side then dominated but had to wait until midway through the second half to equalize as Harvey Barnes burst into the box and his goal-line cross 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 away before regaining the lead against Marseille with a 3-2 win at Rotterdam.

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

But Marseille pulled one back with a thunderous 25-yard strike from Bamba Dieng which 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 in the 40th minute.

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

Additional Reuters reporting.

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