Leicester and Roma draw, Feyenoord edge Marseille in Conference League

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Premier League’s Leicester City and Jose Mourinho’s Roma played out a 1-1 draw in their European Conference League semi-final first leg on Thursday.

The energetic Foxes were stunned when Nicola Zalewski found space on the left to set up Roma captain Lorenzo Pellegrini for an opener against the run of play in the 15th minute.

But Ademola Lookman met a cross from Harvey Barnes in the 67th minute to force an own goal from Gianluigi Mancini which secured parity on the night for Brendon Rodgers’ side.

“I thought I took a gash on it and maybe it hit him afterwards,” Lookman told BT Sport. “They are a strong team, very good defensively but we played well today.

“It will be a difficult match (in Rome), the away game, the atmosphere, their fans, we will need our fans behind us.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge – we’ll go there to try and win the game.”

Mourinho’s Roma, however, will be confident of finishing the job in front of their own fans in next week’s second leg to reach the May 25 final in Tirana.

“The second leg is going to be a tough game, but we’ll play it at home, in front of our fans,” Pellegrini said.

“We will be motivated to do our best.”

The former European champion Feyenoord is the slight favorite to progress to the final after winning a thrilling five-goal 3-2 against Marseille in the other game of the last four.

Cyriel Dessers netted the opener and the winner for hosts Rotterdam who also had Luis Sinisterra on the scoresheet.

Bamba Dieng and Gerson equalized Marseille at the break but Dessers pounced on an error early in the second half to give the Dutch a slight lead.

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