Leicester City 3-0 Zorya Luhansk: Harvey Barnes excels in Europa League win

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Harvey Barnes
Leicester had two Englishman (James Maddison & Harvey Barnes) score in a single European game for the first time since September 1961 against Glenavon in the Cup Winners’ Cup (Kenneth Keyworth, Hugh McIlmoyle & Gordon Wills)

England internationals James Maddison and Harvey Barnes scored their first European goals as Leicester marked their return to continental action with a comfortable home win.

The Foxes had looked set to secure Champions League football for the majority of last season but set about their task in the second-tier competition with zest after a sticky start.

Ukrainian visitors Zorya had their moments in the opening stages and Kasper Schmeichel was called into serious action with the score at 0-0.

But even without the injured Jamie Vardy, Brendan Rodgers’ side ultimately had too much.

Barnes, the standout performer on the night, curled a shot against the post and when Kelechi Iheanacho flicked the loose ball out, Maddison had a simple finish.

Barnes then ran through the heart of the Zorya defence to clip in a second and Iheanacho took advantage of a defensive lapse to score the third.

The match was also notable as Stephanie Frappart – who became the first female referee to officiate a major men’s European match when she took charge of last year’s Uefa Super Cup – made an immaculate Europa League debut.

Barnes offers cutting edge

With Vardy in the stands because of a calf injury, there was concern over where the Leicester goal threat may come from.

But, with replacement Iheanacho tending to drop deeper and get involved in some great link-up play, it was the pace of Barnes running in behind who stretched the game.

A constant threat throughout, Barnes ended the night with five shots on goal and created two chances, while his individual goal was sublimely taken.

At the other end, Schmeichel was one of just two starters who played in Leicester’s last game in Europe – the Champions League quarter-final of 2017 – and his early save from Vladyslav Kabaev was key.

Barnes and Maddison then took charge of the game as Leicester showed enough to suggest they could go deep in this marathon competition.

‘We can be better’

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on BT Sport: “It was a very good win, it’s nice to get the points on the board and a clean sheet. We had to work hard, there’s areas where we can get better.

“They play a diamond and it’s a system where they can hurt you on the inside. When they had the ball they were a threat but we killed the game in the second half.

“The players deserve a huge amount of credit. They can be better, we need more movement at the top end of the pitch because we could have got in more.”

Player of the match

IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho

Leicester City

  1. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

  2. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  3. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  4. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  5. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  6. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  7. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  8. Squad number24Player nameMendy

  9. Squad number28Player nameFuchs

  10. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  11. Squad number26Player namePraet

  12. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  13. Squad number5Player nameMorgan

  14. Squad number19Player nameÜnder

  15. Squad number20Player nameChoudhury

  16. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

Zorya Luhansk

  1. Squad number22Player nameKabaev

  2. Squad number15Player nameVernydub

  3. Squad number4Player nameCvek

  4. Squad number80Player nameYurchenko

  5. Squad number10Player nameKhomchenovskyi

  6. Squad number27Player nameNazaryna

  7. Squad number7Player nameKochergin

  8. Squad number45Player nameFavorov

  9. Squad number97Player nameCiganiks

  10. Squad number21Player nameIvanisenya

  11. Squad number8Player nameLunev

  12. Squad number9Player namePerovic

  13. Squad number50Player nameGryn

  14. Squad number11Player nameGladkiy

  15. Squad number30Player nameShevchenko

  16. Squad number5Player nameRufati

Maiden win for Foxes – the stats

  • Leicester have picked up their first victory in the Uefa Cup/Europa League at the fifth attempt (D1 L3).
  • English sides remain unbeaten against Ukrainian teams on home soil in European competition (P33 W26 D7).
  • James Maddison has scored twice in his last three appearances in all competitions, as many as in his previous 25 games for Leicester City.
  • Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho became the first Nigerian to assist two goals in a single Europa League game.
  • Leicester’s Jonny Evans made his first appearance in major European competition since December 2013, for Manchester United against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27CastagneSubstituted forJustinat 82′minutes
  • 3Fofana
  • 6EvansSubstituted forMorganat 82′minutes
  • 28Fuchs
  • 8TielemansBooked at 12minsSubstituted forChoudhuryat 71′minutes
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Praet
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forÜnderat 65′minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forPérezat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 17Pérez
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury
  • 35Jakupovic

Zorya Luhansk

  • 30Shevchenko
  • 45FavorovSubstituted forRufatiat 76′minutes
  • 15VernydubBooked at 77mins
  • 4Cvek
  • 10KhomchenovskyiSubstituted forCiganiksat 76′minutes
  • 21Ivanisenya
  • 27Nazaryna
  • 7KocherginSubstituted forGrynat 85′minutes
  • 80Yurchenko
  • 22KabaevBooked at 26minsSubstituted forPerovicat 64′minutes
  • 8LunevSubstituted forGladkiyat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Rufati
  • 9Perovic
  • 11Gladkiy
  • 20Abu Hanna
  • 23Vasilj
  • 50Gryn
  • 53Matsapura
  • 97Ciganiks

Referee:
Stéphanie Frappart

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