Player ratings as late Pereira strike seals semi-final spot

Leicester did some serious work for themselves when they came from behind to beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Thursday and seal a place in the Europa Conference League semi-final.

The Foxes wasted in front of goal, but two late goals from James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira were enough to guide them into the final four.

Mario Gotze was a real danger from the start, but it was Leicester who got the first real chance of the game. Jonny Evans was right to take a corner and his header found Wesley Fofana, who did not see the ball coming and saw it ricochet off his head and over the crossbar from close range.

Soon after, Gotze pulled off an excellent save from Kasper Schmeichel, who did well to react to the German’s ferocious volley and deflect it over the crossbar. It was a winger-to-wing opening, with Harvey Barnes failing to convert when he scored PSV’s goal almost immediately afterwards.

The first goal ended up coming from an error by Leicester. Youri Tielemans missed a pass and allowed PSV into goal, and veteran striker Eran Zahavi made no mistake when he fired through Schmeichel and into the lower corner via a deflection.

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