Leicester City got their Europa League campaign off to a frustrating start on Thursday night after blowing a two-goal lead to draw with Napoli at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes started the Group C encounter in strong fashion, taking the lead through Ayoze Perez after he connected perfectly with an inch-perfect Harvey Barnes cross.
Summer signing Patson Daka then thought he’d secured his first goal for his new club before it was eventually ruled out for offside, but the Midlands outfit weren’t to be denied. Just after the hour mark, Barnes turned from creator to finisher, doubling Leicester’s lead and putting Brendan Rodgers’ side firmly in the driving seat.
However, a late collapse from the FA Cup holders saw Napoli earn themselves a deserved point at the King Power Stadium. Nigeria international Victor Osimhen’s reduced the deficit with a delightful touch past Kasper Schmeichel, before he completed the comeback with a header in the 87th minute.
It was a night of mixed emotions for Leicester, although they’ll be left ruing what could have been had their defensive unit put in a better performance against the Azzurri.
One member of the back four was arguably more at fault than any other. As per SofaScore, Jannik Vestergaard received a match rating of just 5.9 out of 10, by far the worst handed out to any player on the pitch.
The Denmark international was brought in by Rodgers to firm up his backline following an injury to Wesley Fofana, but the former Celtic boss won’t have been impressed by what he saw last night.
Vestergaard lost six of his eight duels against Napoli, was dribbled past on four occasions and only picked out a teammate with two of his five attempted long passes (SofaScore).
The 6 foot 5 beast will need to improve and adapt to his new surroundings quickly in order to keep his place in the starting XI, and Rodgers will be hoping he does just that over the weekend when Leicester take on Brighton.
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