Brendan Rodgers insists there is still ‘all to play’ in the Europa League despite Leicester playing at home against Spartak Moscow on another frustrating Thursday for the Foxes.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers remains confident his team can reach the knockout stage of the Europa League despite a frustrating 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow.
Jamie Vardy’s second-half penalty miss proved crucial as the Foxes took place at King Power Stadium.
They were forced to come from behind after Daniel Amartey canceled Victor Moses’ shock starter.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is confident his team can reach the knockout stage
The draw left Leicester third in Group C, two points behind leader Napoli, with two games to play and just three points separate the four teams.
Napoli’s 4-1 win at Legia Warsaw puts them in pole position, but if Leicester win their last two games, at home to Legia in three weeks and in Naples in December, they will lead the group.
Rodgers said: ‘It’s all for play. If we win, most importantly, next time, that will put us in a good place for the last game.
“It was always going to be the case, I have said about winning both games at home, we have not, but it is very clear: we won both games and we won the group.”
“Napoli will be a difficult game away from home, but we played well here to be 2-0 up (before the 2-2 draw) and we know that if we play at our highest level we can win.
‘I thought that in terms of performance we played reasonably well. We created more than enough chances to win the game, and a moment in which we lacked concentration and the ability to run cost us.
“Our reaction was good and we had other chances to win the game. Not winning it is a bit frustrating. Jamie has saved the team and the club so many times that (the missed penalty) was unfortunate. ”
The Foxes dominated the first half, not making a breakthrough, and Boubakary Soumare moved closer when he hit the crossbar from 25 yards.
The Limited Spartak was second best, but surprised the hosts by taking the lead after 51 minutes.
Moses started the move before running wildly to meet Mikhail Ignatov’s right-wing cross and watch his first goal of the season past Kasper Schmeichel.
However, Leicester trailed for just seven minutes, and Amartey leveled as he headed after Ayoze Perez hit Ryan Bertrand’s corner.
It should have been the catalyst for victory, but substitute Vardy blew the chance from the spot with 15 minutes to go.
It was only five minutes into the game when Moses threw Ademola Lookman into the box, but Aleksandr Selikhov comfortably saved her poor penalty shot.
Kelechi Iheanacho hit the post in the final 10 minutes, after blocking Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s header.
Spartak boss Rui Vitoria said: “It was a difficult match, we had strong opposition, but it was very important for us to show good defense and we are well organized.
“We knew we wouldn’t have many moments to score and that’s why we focused on defending well. We didn’t give them many chances to score.
“It was a close match and we have shown our strategy and our defense.
“It was very intense because our rival is very intense and it is very natural for them, it is not easy to play in such a dynamic team. We are trying to eventually achieve such intensity. “