Leicester were up all Thursday against PSV Eindhoven but were unable to find the go-ahead goal in these Europa Conference League quarter-finals.
Brendan Rodgers’s men enjoyed plenty of possession and a number of shots on target, but only three of them hit the target and PSV held on to a comfortable draw.
Kasper Schmeichel was called up after two minutes to keep out Mario Gotze, who had timed his run perfectly to get on goal.
The Foxes quickly regained their composure and began to cause PSV problems, but the Dutch side were a constant threat at half-time and were apparently happy to play this game more like a basketball game.
Kelechi Iheanacho had his team’s first real chance in the 20th minute. He went toe-to-toe with Yvon Mvogo, but his chip deflected off the post.
Another 20 minutes passed for the game’s next real shot. This time, it was Harvey Barnes who found his way into the box and unleashed a hard-hitting strike that crashed just outside Mvogo’s post to send the two sides into half-time level at 0-0.
PSV came out fast in the second half and calmly called for a penalty when Ricardo Pereira appeared to trip up Cody Gakpo. The referee was not interested and there were no major appeals, and without VAR his decision stood.
Again, Leicester struggled to regain control and Iheanacho again came close to opening the scoring, only to drag out his long-range effort.
Leicester pushed and pushed but they lacked quality in the final third, while PSV deserve credit for keeping them at bay for the most part. Mvogo was virtually a spectator in the second half and watched as Leicester realized they weren’t going to get the win they perhaps deserved.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 6/10 – A good stop early on to deny Gotze, but otherwise very much a bystander.
Ricardo Pereira (RB) – 7/10 – A regular threat down the right flank. He didn’t have much to defend.
Wesley Fofana (CB) – 7/10 – Really impressive throughout the game. His return to form is huge for Leicester.
Jonny Evans (CB) – 7/10 – He used his experience in major games to sniff out any danger before it really started.
Timothy Castagne (LB) – 7/10 – Such a force on his side of the field. He seemed desperate for a goal or an assist.
Youri Tielemans (DM) – 6/10 – Deployed in a deeper role, but wasn’t really asked to do much defense. Not as creative as you’d like, but maybe that was part of his role.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CM) – 8/10 – The true star of this Leicester midfield. He played with such energy and kept Leicester in front at all times.
James Maddison (CM) – 7/10 – Given the license to throw deep and collect the ball. It seemed dangerous in the future.
Marc Albrighton (RW) – 5/10 – He got a lot of exposure, but his impact on the game was minimal.
Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – 6/10 – Some really good link plays, but his finishing wasn’t good enough. He should have scored.
Harvey Barnes (LW) – 7/10 – Very encouraged by the band, but found it difficult to reach the goal. He could have scored in the first half.
James Justin (RB, 67′ for Justin) – 6/10
Ademola Lookman (ST, 67′ by Iheanacho) – 5/10
Patson Daka (ST, 81′ by Albrighton) – 6/10