AEK Athens 1-2 Leicester: Jamie Vardy becomes Foxes’ oldest European scorer

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Jamie Vardy is now Leicester’s oldest goalscorer in Europe, aged 33, 292 days old

Jamie Vardy became Leicester City’s longest-serving European goalscorer, beating AEK Athens to two out of two Europa League victories.

The 33-year-old gave them the advantage on the penalty spot after being fouled by goalkeeper Panagiotis Tsintotas.

The Foxes looked at ease as Hamza Choudhury doubled the advantage with a smart finish.

But Muamer Tankovic gave hope to AEK after finding himself behind the Fox defense moments after he stepped off the bench.

The former Fulham player nearly equalized two minutes later but smashed his 10-yard shot on the crossbar.

Cengiz Under, on his first start for Leicester, nearly restored the two-goal lead, but his curling effort hit the woodwork.

In the end, they wouldn’t need another lens.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers revealed ahead of the game that defenders Jonny Evans and Timothy Castagne are injured with the latter likely out until the international break in November.

Vardy is the key to Leicester again

Vardy’s pace and finish make such a difference for Leicester and it was again evident in the Greek capital.

It was his return to the starting lineup after a calf injury – although he came off the bench this weekend to score the winner against Arsenal.

He made his own piece of history in Athens as he ran over James Maddison’s deep ball and bypassed the keeper, who shot him.

Tsintotas hit Vardy’s kick but he was too powerful to stay away.

He takes Wes Morgan’s record as the oldest player to score for Leicester in Europe. Vardy is 33 years and 292 days old, while Morgan was 240 days younger when he scored in the Champions League against Sevilla in March 2017.

The former England forward has won (four) and scored (five) more penalties in all competitions than anyone playing in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

Maddison was also impressive and his corner led to second base. AEK Athens couldn’t clear and Wesley Fofana got the finishing touches before running to Choudhury, who finished confidently.

AEK hasn’t won a home game in a European group stage in 13 games in 10 years, but they put the Foxes to work for their victory after Tankovic’s lively participation in the second half.

“The pitch was horrible” – manager’s reaction

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “The guys have to deal with all the injuries and the games and continue to deliver great results.

“It was a great victory considering all the circumstances and all the players we were missing. They are still producing and doing very well.

“It was never going to be a quick game because the pitch was horrible. It was a surface the players couldn’t really trust. It was very difficult to play football very fluently. “

AEK Manager Massimo Carrera: “Considering the performance of the guys, feelings are mixed. It’s a bit bitter. In the first half we were a bit reserved and in the second we were very decisive.

“What we need to do is work hard on the right spots and improve.

“In life and in football, you can’t turn things around and go back in time. We were playing well in the second half so there was no need to change anything. “

Player of the match

VardyJamie Vardy

AEK Athènes

  1. Squad number5Player nameNedelcearu

  2. Squad number17Player nameTankovic

  3. Squad number28Player nameShakhov

  4. Squad number53Player nameMacheras

  5. Squad number88Player nameVasilantonopoulos

  6. Squad number11Player nameAnsarifard

  7. Squad number22Player nameInsúa Zapata

  8. Squad number44Player nameSabanadzovic

  9. Squad number20Player nameMantalos

  10. Squad number6Player nameKrsticic

  11. Squad number18Player nameNélson Oliveira

  12. Squad numberdixPlayer nameLivaja

  13. Squad number24Player nameSvarnas

  14. Squad number2Player nameBakakis

  15. Squad number3Player nameBright Lopes

  16. Squad number1Player nameTsintotas

Leicester City

  1. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  2. Squad number19Player nameBelow

  3. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  4. Squad numberdixPlayer nameMaddison

  5. Squad number5Player nameMorgan

  6. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  7. Squad number20Player nameChoudhury

  8. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  9. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  10. Squad number28Player nameFuchs

  11. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  12. Squad number33Player nameThomas

  13. Squad number24Player nameMendy

  14. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  15. Squad number26Player namePraet

  16. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

Line-up

AEK Athènes

  • 1Tsintotas
  • 2BakakisReplaced byVasilantonopoulosat 86 ‘minutes
  • 24Svarnas
  • 5Nedelcearu
  • 22Insúa ZapataBooked at 73 minutesReplaced byMacherasat 86 ‘minutes
  • 28ShakhovReplaced bySabanadzovicat 86 ‘minutes
  • 6KrsticicBooked at 59 minutes
  • dixLivajaReplaced byTankovicat 45 ‘minutes
  • 20MantalosBooked at 21 minutes
  • 3Oliveira Lopes
  • 11AnsarifardReplaced byOliveiraat 45 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Laci
  • 17Tankovic
  • 18Oliveira
  • 26Hnid
  • 30Athanasiadis
  • 40Myths
  • 44Sabanadzovic
  • 52Christopoulos
  • 53Macheras
  • 70Botos
  • 88Vasilantonopoulos
  • 99Theocharis

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 3Fofana
  • 5Morgan
  • 28FuchsReplaced byThomasat 45 ‘minutesBooked at 78 minutes
  • 11Albrighton
  • 8Tielemans
  • 20ChoudhuryReplaced byMendyat 66 ‘minutes
  • 2Justin
  • 19BelowReplaced byPraetat 66 ‘minutes
  • dixMaddisonReplaced byBarnesat 74 ‘minutes
  • 9VardyReplaced byIheanachoat 70 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 12district
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 15Barnes
  • 17Pérez
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Praet
  • 33Thomas
  • 35Jakupovic

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