Leicester 3-1 Legia Warszawa: Player rating

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Leicester took a big step towards qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League by defeating Legia Warsaw at King Power Stadium on Thursday night.

Patson Daka became the fox’s leading scorer of all time in Europe with five goals when he swung and shot in the bottom corner, before James Maddison doubled his lead and made a great effort beyond guest goalkeeper Cezary Miszta.

However, their advantage was halved when Wilfred Ndidi was punished for handball. Mahir Emreli’s weak penalty was kept out by Kasper Schmeichel but Filip Mladenovic reacted the fastest to stop the return.

The rocking rhythm of the first half continued as Leicester made it 3-1, with Ndidi improving to nod in from Maddison’s corner.

The second period was a much calmer affair, with Brendan Rodger’s team happy to watch the match and make sure they go to the final match day in a good position.

Group C is still in progress, with all four teams – Spartak Moscow and Napoli making up the rest of the group – still with a chance to finish among the top two. Leicester travel to Naples in December for their final match in this phase of the competition.

Schmeichel in action on Thursday / Naomi Baker / GettyImages

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 7/10 – Saved the penalty and was unlucky that Mladenovic reacted faster than his teammates in Leicester. A small moment of miscommunication with Amartey but was largely stable throughout the evening.

Timothy Castagne (RB) – 6/10 – Come back well to clear a flicky nod near the back stick.

Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – 6/10 – His nod nodded into Ndidi for the penalty. Made an important clearance on the line to prevent a goal.

Daniel Amartey (CB) – 4/10 – Almost got a shot diverted from him and past Schmeichel. Tried to push the ball back to his goalkeeper at one point and let Legias Ernest Muci come in, but Soyuncu saved his side from trouble. Was a late exchange for the injured Jonny Evans, so that might explain his distorted performance.

Luke Thomas (LB) – 7/10 – Galloped forward well from time to time and almost got a goal with low drive. He did not escape his defensive duties and made five tackles. Was booked.

Ndidi scored from a corner / Chloe Knott – Danehouse / GettyImages

Boubakary Soumare (CM) – 6/10 – Played his role in some nice floating Leicester moves. Kept things ticking over without being too conspicuous.

Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – 8/10 – Maybe he felt insulted for being punished for the punishment, but his hand was raised. Correct things regardless with a good nod to 3-1.

James Maddison (AM) – 8/10 – Good finish to double Leicester’s lead and helped restore that two-goal advantage when his swinging corner was deflected by Ndidi. Be very in the mood before he was replaced after getting a knock.

Daka grabbed the opener / Chloe Knott – Danehouse / GettyImages

Ademola Lookman (RW) – 6/10 – Great pass picked out Maddison before Leicester’s second goal of the evening. Was decent but maybe did not do enough to get a Premier League start this weekend.

Patson Daka (ST) – 7/10 – Made brilliant to create some space for himself to bag the opener. Was early electric and produced a good performance overall, although he missed some good opportunities. Is now Leicester’s leading goal scorer in Europe.

Harvey Barnes (LW) – 7/10 – His determined work led to Daka’s strike. Had a great chance to get his team’s fourth but hit the side netting. There was a power broadcast all evening.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (CM) – 6/10

Ayoze Perez (AM) – 5/10

Marc Albrighton (RW) – 5/10

Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – 6/10

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