Roma vs. Leicester City live score, updates, highlights, lineups from Europa Conference League semi-final second leg

Roma and Leicester City meet for the second time in seven days on Thursday when Jose Mourinho continues his pursuit of his first trophy as Giallorossi boss against Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes, who held the Italian heavyweights to a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium in the first leg.

Lorenzo Pellegrini fired through Kasper Schmeichel’s legs to give Roma the lead in Leicester, and Mourinho was left frustrated after Ademola Lookman’s touch on a cross in the 68th minute went in via Gianluca Mancini for the equaliser.

These teams will battle for the right to face either Feyenoord or Marseille in the inaugural final of UEFA’s newest club competition.

If the return game can match the all-action entertainment of the initial clash, this should be a showdown worthy of its two illustrious clubs.

Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

Roma vs. Leicester City live score

  1H 2H Final
Roma 1
Leicester City 0

Goals:
None

Roma vs. Leicester City live updates, highlights from Europa Conference League clash

Half time – Roma 1-0 Leicester: Roma take a slender lead into the break, and Mourinho – who was squatting on the sideline as he instructed his players towards the end of the half – could not have asked for a more composed 45 minutes from his players.

Disciplined and persistently dangerous on the counterattack, the Serie A side looked comfortable despite Leicester having more of the ball. Rodgers will be tempted to make changes with a semifinal exit looming if Leicester cannot create more in the final third.

45 mins: Dewsbury-Hall raids down the left to such a faltering extent that Zaniolo almost chases him back into his own half with the ball, such is the forward’s tenacity. Leicester have had plenty of play inside Roma’s half but are running out of time if they are to make it count before the break.

42 mins: Barnes attempts to race into space and watches the ball run behind. That’s been the story for Leicester on the wings in this first half.

38 mins: Leicester have had 54 percent of the possession so far. Roma have had all three of the shots on target.

35 mins: Leicester have a spell of possession inside Roma’s half, looking neat on the ball before eventually losing it.

They build another attack from the back, culminating in Pereira swinging in a delivery from level with the penalty area on the right. Rui Patricio advances well off his line and clutches the cross to his chest.

32 mins: Roma continue to look more dangerous when they attack. Abraham shows neat footwork to move himself out of a tight spot deep in Leicester territory, setting up Zaniolo for a shot inside the penalty area on the right.

Fofana blocks the effort behind, and Abraham comes close to making contact with Pellegrini’s ensuing corner, which is a little high for him to connect with.

29 mins: Lookman, not for the first time tonight, tries to burst down the right without success. The scorer in the first leg pokes the ball ahead of himself and attempts to scamper free, finding himself thwarted by Ibanez as he chases down a corridor which ends in a Roma goal-kick.

27 mins: There are a few protests in the crowd after Vardy races after Ibanez and puts in a tough but fair-looking challenge for the ball. Characteristic determination from the forward, and possibly an expression of his frustration at the way the game has gone so far.

25 mins: Abraham’s goal was the 400th in the UEFA Europa Conference League in its maiden campaign. The former Chelsea striker has nine in 12 games in the competition.

He’s one behind Cyriel Dessers in the Conference League scoring charts. Dessers’ Feyenoord are currently drawing 0-0 at Marseille, retaining their 3-2 aggregate lead for the moment.

23 mins: Lookman tries to race onto an overhit through ball. Leicester are going to have to take chances now, which is a dangerous game when Roma are clearly ready to capitalise on space at the back.

19 mins: Maddison is fouled beyond the centre circle, ending up with a lick of white paint on his face. Pellegrini, continuing the theme, almost creates a scoring opportunity with a cross from the left, only for the offside flag to be raised.

17 mins: Roma are rampant down the left. This time, Zalewski plays a terrific first time pass from just inside the Leicester half, looping the ball over Leicester’s defenders and onto the run of Pellegrini.

Schmeichel is equal to the captain’s shot, beating the ball behind at his near post. That flank will be the early area of concern for Rodgers and the away fans.

14 mins: Maddison does little with another corner on the left. Leicester have had enough set pieces, squandering them in the opening 15 minutes.

12 mins: Leicester almost respond immediately, Dewsbury-Hall bending a blistering shot beyond the far post from the edge of the Roma penalty area on the right.

This is some task facing the Premier League side now, attempting a comeback against a Roma team, as we mentioned earlier, on a foreboding run of 18 UEFA club competition games unbeaten at this iconic stadium.

11 mins: GOAL ROMA! Tammy Abraham! There were serious warning signs for Leicester before the goal, Zalewski again profiting on the left and Pellegrini firing in a shot from outside the penalty area that was deflected wide of Schmeichel’s right-hand post.

Pellegrini swings in a superbly inviting corner from the right, landing straight on the head of Abraham in front of goal, rising expertly above Pereira, who has had a torrid opening spell. Schmeichel has no chance with such a powerful header from that range. 1-0!

8 mins: Roma go close! Pellegrini curls a powerful shot towards the near post from the free-kick, which Schmeichel palms into the ground, likely watching with some relief as the ball spins up off the sodden turf and over the crossbar.

Smalling then heads over the crossbar from Roma’s corner on the right.

7 mins: Zalewski is fouled by Pereira right on the edge of the Leicester penalty area on Roma’s left-hand side. This is a real opportunity for the hosts.

5 mins: A VAR check appears to take place. Smalling appeared to have his arms around Fofana inside the penalty area as that corner came in, and the Foxes defender went to ground.

In another area of the pitch, that might well have earned a free-kick. There doesn’t seem to have been enough in it to merit an early penalty, despite Leicester’s protests.

4 mins: Leicester have a corner on their left following that robust intervention from Oliveira. Maddison swings it in, hanging the delivery over the heads of everyone.

2 mins: Justin has a first run at the Roma defence through the centre on the left. Oliveira dispossesses him, sending the defender tumbling awkwardly.

The medical team are attending to Justin while Maddison takes a swig of some orange liquid. The physio attending to him appears to ask the referee for a moment.

1 min: Leicester, in mint, start us off! Their first attack, from left to right, is wayward, sailing out for a Roma goal-kick.

The atmosphere being created by the 60,000 or so Roma fans is sensational at a rainy Stadio Olimpico. Splendid scenes.

5 mins from KO: The teams are in the tunnel. The obligatory fireworks and music display is taking place. Claudio Ranieri is here. The flags are waving. We’re almost ready to go!

15 mins from KO: Rodgers looks excited. “It’s brilliant – the Olympic Stadium in Rome, the pitch looks really good. It’s a great environment for the game,” he tells BT Sport, gazing around and being interrupted by what he describes as a “great noise.”

“You’ve got to be careful of their counterattack. It’s one where [Justin] will do well – he’s super-fast. Jose’s great strength is finding a cause – and if he can’t find one, he manufactures one. It’s a great game, a great occasion and we’re looking forward to it.”

30 mins from KO: A wolf wants the Foxes to fail tonight: Romolo has been parading around the edge of the pitch and encouraging home fans.

Roma’s devoted wolf mascot was originally introduced in 1999 but did not become a regular until they were reinvented in 2019.

45 mins from KO: Looks like Roma fans have given their team a more-than-warm welcome.

Mourinho’s men are currently fifth with three league games to go of his first season in charge – a position that would send them into the Europa League next season, although they are only above Lazio on goal difference and can’t catch fourth-placed Juventus.

The toughest-looking remaining Serie A game of their campaign is on Monday at Fiorentina, who are three points behind Roma in seventh. They also host bottom side Venezia and travel to Torino, who are currently tenth.

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1 hour from kickoff: “We controlled the game and it sets it up nicely,” says Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. “But we obviously need to be ruthless.

“We need to tighten up in those moments. They had two chances and they scored one of them. We have to eliminate that and be clinical when we get ours.”

1 hour 10 mins from kickoff: Mourinho goes for a 4-3-2-1 or 3-4-1-2 system. Competition top scorer Abraham and his teammates have gone for personal style tactics of smart casual this evening: they’ve arrived at the stadium wearing black suits and trainers.

1 hour 15 mins from kickoff: The teams are in! Leicester make two changes from last week, Justin and Barnes replacing Castagne and Albrighton. Rodgers appears to be adopting a 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1 formation, with Vardy as the spearhead.

1 hour 30 mins from kickoff: Rodgers has cited Mourinho as a major influence on his career as a result of their time together at Chelsea, and the former Champions League winner voiced his delight at the Leicester boss buying him a very expensive bottle of Portuguese wine last week.

In return, Rodgers has asked for a gift of tea tonight. “To be honest, I bought him a very nice gift,” revealed Mourinho. “But because he wants tea, I can keep the gift for me and I can give him tea. That’s no problem.”

Jose Mourinho AS Roma

1 hour 45 mins from kickoff: That unbeaten 18-game run for Roma in UEFA competition games at home includes 11 wins and seven draws, including a 4-0 win over Bodø/Glimt in the quarterfinals.

The Norwegian club had been a bogey side for Roma in the competition this season, beating them in the group stage and in the first leg of their knockout stage tie.

“There’s no doubt that we’ve built a bond between ourselves and the fans,” says Roma manager Jose Mourinho, who has issued a rallying cry to the home supporters at the Stadio Olimpico, which has a capacity of more than 70,000. “We have been together for more or less 10 months now, in the good moments and the bad. But we’ve stayed together, with a real spirit between us.”

2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of one of the most tough-to-call, enticing games remaining on the European calendar this season. Leicester dominated last week’s first leg by almost all measures except the scoreline, although their eight shots off target to Roma’s one tells a story of wastefulness that they could rue in Rome.

The Premier League side now need to do something no visitors have managed in the last 18 UEFA club competition matches at Roma’s Stadio Olimpico: win.

MORE: Leicester vs. Roma result: Foxes battle back in Conference League semifinal draw

Roma vs. Leicester City line-ups

Roma are without Armenia star Henrikh Mkhitaryan after he was forced off injured in the first leg. Jordan Veretout is a candidate to replace him in the starting lineup, although Mourinho hinted he could alter his system to make up for Mkhitaryan’s absence.

The former Manchester United boss rested a string of key names for their 0-0 weekend Serie A draw with Bologna ahead of the visit of Leicester.

Roma line-up (3-4-1-2): Patricio (GK) — Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez – Karsdorp, Sergio Oliveira, Cristante, Zalewski – Pellegrini – Zaniolo, Abraham

Subs: Fuzato, Vina, Carlos Perez, Shomurodov, Spinazzola, Maitland-Niles, Veretout, Bove, Diaware, Afena-Gyan, El-Shaarawy, Kumbula

Rodgers makes two changes, Justin and Barnes coming in for Castagne and Albrighton. Maddison and Dewsbury-Hall are fit to start following fitness concerns earlier in the week.

Leicester City (4-3-3): Schmeichel (GK) — Justin, Evans, Fofana, Pereira — Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall — Lookman, Vardy, Barnes.

Subs: Soyuncu, Albrighton, Ward, Iheanacho, Ayoze, Amartey, Choudhury, Vestergaard, Castagne, Daka, Thomas, Soumare

How to watch Roma vs. Leicester City

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date May 5 May 5 May 5 May 6
Time 20:00 BST 3:00 p.m. ET 3:00 p.m. ET 5:00 a.m. AEST
TV channel BT Sport 3 CBS
Streaming BT Sport Paramount+/fuboTV DAZN Stan Sport

In the US, televised Europa Conference League games are available on fuboTV, which also offers a free trial to new subscribers.

In Canada, all Europa Conference League games are streamed live on DAZN.

MORE: Premier League top goal scorers 2021-2022: Updated golden boot rankings

Roma vs. Leicester City betting odds

This tie is evenly poised ahead of the second leg, especially with away goals no longer a factor, but both sides are winless in their past four games in all competitions (Leicester’s run actually stands at five games).

Roma look well placed to seal a Europa League spot via Serie A this season, but Leicester’s Premier League woes place them in an all-or-nothing situation, and Rodgers’ side have won both of their away second-leg games in the knockout stages of this season’s Europa Conference League.

  UK
(Sky Bet)
USA
(DraftKings)
Canada
(Sports Interaction)
Roma win 11/10 +110 2.12
Draw 23/10 +240 3.31
Leicester City win 23/10 +240 3.36
More than 2.5 goals 1/1 +100 2.01
Both teams to score 8/11 -130 1.74

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