Ndidi, Iheanacho and Lookman help Leicester reach Europa Conference League Round of 16 – Reuters



The Nigerian trio of Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ademola Lookman were in action as Leicester City beat Randers 3-1 (7-2 on aggregate) at Cepheus Randers Park in Denmark to reach the last 16 of the Europa Conference League.

While Ndidi and Iheanacho provided assists in two of Leicester’s goals, another Nigerian, Stephen Odey, scored Randers’ consolation goal in the Danes’ 3-1 home defeat.

The goal was Odey’s first for Randers since October 2021 and his 11th in all competitions this season.

Ndidi set up Harvey Barnes for the opener in just two minutes with a pass halfway with the England striker calmly heading home.

James Maddison scored two beauties as Leicester made light work of Randers with a 7-2 rout on aggregate.

Brendan Rodgers’ men entered this play-off round having finished third in their Europa League group but sailed with few problems.

Holding a 4-1 lead from the first leg, it took just 100 seconds for Leicester to extend their advantage as Harvey Barnes broke clear and curled a delicious finish into the far corner.

The England international could have added another in the second half but fired wide from a sharp angle.

Countryman Maddison then scored twice in the space of four minutes with a free kick into the top corner and a sumptuous curling strike from 25 yards out.

Randers scored a late goal when Kasper Schmeichel’s heavy touch on the ball allowed Odey to sneak in and convert a giveaway from close range.

The Europa Conference League draw will take place today when the Foxes are drawn against a group winner.

UEFA’s newly created third club competition represents Leicester’s only chance to win silverware this season after suffering a shock exit in the FA Cup, being knocked out of the Carabao Cup and sitting in the bottom half of the Premier League.

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