Roma and Leicester City meet in the Italian capital in the crucial second leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-final with everything to play for after the England team, seeking to reach a European final for the first time, came from behind to draw. The first leg is 1-1.
• Despite taking only one point from Bodo/Glimt in their fall encounter, losing dramatically 6-1 away and drawing 2-2 at home, Roma outperformed their Norwegian rivals at the top of Group C in the UEFA European Conference League, scoring 18 A goal – the most of any team in the group stage – before beating Vitesse in the Round of 16 (1-0a, 1-1h). Paired again with Bodo/Glimt in the quarter-finals, Jose Mourinho’s side lost again in Norway, 2-1, but recovered to win 4-0 in Rome, with Tammy Abraham scoring first before Nicolo Zaniolo’s superb hat-trick.
• Leicester finished third in UEFA Europa League Group C during the fall, two points behind Spartak Moskva and Roma rivals in southern Italy Napoli, after losing 3-2 in Naples in the sixth round. Showdowns, first in some rest against Randers (4-1h, 3-1a), second and third after tight competitions against Rennes (2-0h, 1-2a) and PSV (0-0h, 2-1a) Respectively, late goals from James Madison and Ricardo Pereira in the Netherlands secured the club’s historic progression to the semi-finals.
Roma vs Leicester: the latest in the game
• Roma scored their first goal at Leicester City on April 28, as captain Lorenzo Pellegrini put his team ahead with a composed shot in the 15th minute, but the hosts, who controlled the ball, got the equalizer in the 67th minute with Roma defender Gianluca Mancini, under Pressed by Ademola Lookman, Harvey Barnes’ cross turned into a net.
• This is Roma’s first European confrontation against the English opposition since losing to Manchester United in the semi-finals of the European League last season, losing 6-2 in the first leg at Old Trafford before winning the Olympic Stadium 3-2. It was the aggregate defeat for the eighth consecutive matches in UEFA’s home and away matches against English clubs after victories in the first three matches.
• Roma have won 12 of their 20 UEFA matches in Rome against the English visitors (D4 L4), including six of the last seven, despite their last three victories there in knockout matches – 1-0 against Arsenal in 2008/09 Champions League Round of 16, 4-2 against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the same competition ten years later, and last season’s 3-2 win over Manchester United – all were not enough to turn the game around after defeats in the first leg in England. After being lost on penalties at the Olympic Stadium by Arsenal, this was also the fate of the Giallorossi in the 1984 European Cup final against Liverpool after a 1-1 draw.
• Leicester have never met an Italian opponent in UEFA competition until their two UEFA Europa League group matches against Napoli earlier this season, in which Ayoze Pérez and Barnes put the Foxes 2-0 in a 2-2 home draw in Round 1, Jonny Evans and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall netted in a 3-2 away defeat in the sixth round.
• Roma ranked seventh in the Italian league last season, 29 points behind the champion Inter, to become the first representative of Italy in the European League. After topping their group in the 2020/21 Europa League, which included Young Boys, CFR Cluj and CSKA-Sofia, Paulo Fonseca’s side eliminated Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and Ajax in the knockout stage, only to leave against Manchester United in the semi-finals. .
• Now under the leadership of another Portuguese coach, Mourinho, Roma have won the first leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League match against Trabzonspor, and although Bodo/Glimt outperformed them in their Group C head-to-head encounters, the Giallorossi took the maximum number of points on the Both CSKA-Sofia (5-1h, 3-2a) and Zorja Luhansk (3-0, 4-0h) to finish one point over their Norwegian rivals at the top of the group – before being eliminated from them in the quarter-finals.
• This is Roma’s sixth appearance in the UEFA semi-finals. They have won two of the previous five but lost the last two – both against English opponents – with last season’s Europa League exit at the hands of Manchester United three years earlier with a 7-6 aggregate defeat in the UEFA Champions League against Liverpool (2-5A). , 4-2 h). Roma’s last victory in the European semi-final came against Brondby in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup (0-0, 2-1 hour).
• The 0-2 defeat against defending champions Real Madrid in the 2018/19 Champions League group stage is the only one of the last 28 European matches that Roma have lost in the Italian capital, winning 20 matches. The quarter-final win over Bodo/Glimt means they are now undefeated in 18 UEFA matches at Olympique (W12 D6). Their European record this season is W4 D2.
• Roma won the first six of the eight UEFA encounters in which they drew in the first leg, including the 1990/91 UEFA Cup semi-finals against Brondby and three others when the score was 1-1, but lost the last two matches – both in identical fashion, with defeat 0-3 at home after a 1-1 away draw, against Italian counterparts Fiorentina in 2014/15 UEFA Europa League Round of 16 and Porto in 2016/17 UEFA Champions League qualifiers. . In both home losses, Roma sent off two players – one against Fiorentina, and two against Porto.
• Leicester booked consecutive matches in the UEFA Europa League group stage by winning the FA Cup for the first time in its history last May thanks to a 1-0 victory in the final against Chelsea. However, in a repeat of the previous season, Brendan Rodgers’ side missed out on the UEFA Champions League, finishing fifth in the Premier League after spending nearly all of the season in the top four.
• The Foxes won the UEFA Europa League group last season on their debut in the tournament, but were eliminated in the round of 32 by Slavia Braha (0-0, 0-2 hours). This season they have won twice, drawn twice and lost two of their six Group C matches with Napoli, Legia Warszawa and Spartak, marking a 4-3 win in Moscow as Patson Dhaka scored all four goals. The East Midlanders’ subsequent record in the UEFA European Conference League is W4 D2 L1 F13 A6.
• This is Leicester’s first European semi-final, in only the sixth season of the UEFA competition. The 2021/22 campaign is the club’s longest running campaign in Europe; This is their fourteenth game.
• The quarter-final victory in Eindhoven was Leicester’s sixth only in 19 away matches in the UEFA competition (D3 L10) and only their second European win outside England during the spring (D1 L3), their first victory in February at Randers in a knockout playoff round. . Leicester have scored in all of their last five away matches in Europe – 12 goals in total – having failed to score in any of the previous three.
• The Foxes lost each of the previous matches in the European Football Association in which they drew 1-1 at home in the first leg – against Atlético Madrid in the second round of the 1961/62 European Cup Winners’ Cup (0-2a) and Crvena Zvezda in the 2000/01 round The first of the European Cup (1-3) – but in their only other home game in the first leg, against PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-finals of this season, they emerged victorious.
Links & Trivia
• Roma have three Englishmen in their squad – defender Chris Smalling (Fulham 2008-10 and Manchester United 2010-20), midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal 2014-, Ipswich loan 2015/16, West Bromwich Albion loan 2021) and striker Abraham (Chelsea 2016-21, Bristol City 2016/17, Swansea loan 2017/18, Aston Villa loan 2018/19).
• Other Roma players who have appeared in the Premier League are Jordan Veritot (Aston Villa, 2015/2016), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United 2016-18, Arsenal 2018-20) and Rui Patricio (Wolves 2018-21).
• Mkhitaryan scored for United in the 3-0 win over Leicester in the 2016/17 Premier League.
• Roma coach Mourinho has a lot of experience in English football, having coached Chelsea (2004-2007, 2013-15), Manchester United (2016-18) and Tottenham Hotspur (2019-21). He won seven major titles with Chelsea, including three Premier League titles, and a double League/European League Cup with United in the 2016-2017 season.
• Leicester coach Rodgers was youth coach and reserve coach at Chelsea during Mourinho’s first tenure at Stamford Bridge.
• Mourinho has not lost in his first five Premier League encounters with Rodgers (W4 D1), the first four of them for Chelsea against Liverpool, including a famous 2-0 win at Anfield eight years ago, but he lost the last time before the first leg of This equalizer, when Leicester beat Tottenham 2-0 on December 20, 2020 with Jamie Vardy on the score sheet.
• Mourinho’s only other defeat in ten Premier League matches against Leicester (W7 D1) was a 2-1 loss away as Chelsea manager on 14 December 2015 – a result that prompted his dismissal three days later. His next match against Leicester, his first as coach of Manchester United, netted a 2-1 win at Wembley in the FA Shield the following August. Vardy scored for Leicester in both matches.
• Leicester player Timothy Castagne played in Italy with Atalanta between 2017 and 2020. He scored in both Serie A matches against Roma during 2018/19, and a 3-3 draw, making Roma the first goal he scored against. professional profession.
• Roma defender Roger Ibanez was a teammate of Castanet at Atalanta in 2018/19, although he only appeared once with Bergamo FC.
• Roma Sergio Oliveira and Ricardo of Leicester played together for Porto in the 2017/18 season, both of whom are Portuguese internationals alongside Rui Patricio.
• Felix Avena Gyan (Roma) and Daniel Amarty (Leicester) started together in the home and away matches in the final play-off match of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that Ghana won against Nigeria.
• Abraham is the joint leading scorer in the UEFA Europa Conference League with eight goals, equal to Cyriel Dessers of Feyenoord.
• Although Roma won the Intercity Fair Cup in 1961, they never won the UEFA club competition, losing two finals – the 1984 European Cup on penalties to Liverpool after a 1-1 draw in Rome, and the 1991 European Cup over two The confrontations between Inter (0-2a, 1-0h).
• Roma’s record in four penalties in UEFA is W1 L3:
4-2 vs Norrkoping, 1982/83 UEFA Cup Second Round
3-4 vs Liverpool, 1983/84 UEFA Champions League Final
3-4 – Real Madrid Zaragoza 1986/87 first round in the European Cup Winners’ Cup
6-7 vs Arsenal, 2008/09 UEFA Champions League Round of 16
• Leicester has not yet participated in the penalty shootout in the European Football Association.