NUSADAILY.COM -JAKARTA- Leicester City and Bayer Leverkusen were knocked out of the Europa League after both suffered defeats to their respective opponents in the second leg of the round of 32.
Leicester, who host Slavia Prague at the King Power Stadium in England on Thursday local time (Friday GMT), were beaten 0-2 by the Czech Republic, UEFA’s official website notes.
After a week of failing to break through the Slavic goal and having to settle for goalless play, Leicester again missed the first half with six wasted chances including as if Marc Albrighton could be secured by goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.
Brendan Rodgers’ side found their goal four minutes into the second half as Lukas Provod’s left-footed shot completed Nicolae Stanciu’s pass.
Instead of retaliating, Leicester conceded again in the 79th minute when Abdallah Sima fired a long-range shot that goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel failed to anticipate.
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Slavia Prague closed out the match with a 2-0 win over Leicester to seal their move to the round of 16.
In another match that took place simultaneously, Leverkusen hosted Swiss side Young Boys at the BayArena, armed with three away goals despite losing 3–4 a week ago.
On paper, a 1-0 win was enough for Leverkusen to qualify for the round of 16, but instead they suffered a 0-2 defeat to their visitors.
Jordan Siebatchue broke the deadlock in the 47th minute with a close-range header to take the Young Boys to the lead over Leverkusen.
Leon Bailey almost equalised for Leverkusen when he curled into the box to complete Jeremie Frimpong’s pass, but his shot was saved by goalkeeper David von Ballmoos.
In the 80th minute Patrik Schik almost kept Leverkusen’s hopes of qualifying, but his header from Daley Sinkgraven’s pass was blocked by Von Balmoos.
Six minutes later, Christian Fassnacht ensured the Young Boys’ move into the round of 16 as he converted Marvin Spielmann’s through ball to seal a 2-0 win over Leverkusen. (sak/ant)