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Maddison hails ‘brilliant’ Leicester City

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Maddison hails ‘brilliant’ Leicester City

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James Maddison hailed Leicester City’s second-half fightback as “brilliant” after the Foxes reached the first European semi-final in their history.

A last-four clash with Jose Mourinho’s Roma awaits Leicester as their Europa Conference League campaign gathers steam, with Thursday’s 2-1 win at PSV highlighting their class.

Maddison scored a 77th-minute equaliser in Eindhoven after Eran Zahavi’s opener in the 27th minute for the Eredivisie hosts.

Ricardo Pereira then hit the winning goal in the 88th minute after Patson Daka had a shot blocked, carrying Brendan Rodgers’ team into uncharted territory.

The first leg between the teams had finished goalless.

Maddison told LCFC TV:

“I’m so proud of the boys and everyone here.

“These nights, there’s such a significant build-up, and you get that big-game feeling.

“We started a bit slow, probably, and we played a lot better once they scored.

“We settled a little more when we were one goal behind, which is not ideal but how it went.

“In the second half, I thought we were brilliant, so intense, playing on the front foot, penning them in, and we scored two quality goals to win the game, and I think we were deserved winners.

“I’m really happy and really proud of the lads.”

Maddison’s goal was his third of the season in the competition, the most by a Leicester player.

“I got the goal at a perfect time,” said the England international. “It was brilliant from Ayoze Perez to chop the guy and lay it on a plate for me.

“From then, I felt it, like we were going to go on and win the game, wherever it was going to come from. It felt we were fitter, more intense, and we go there in the end with Ricky at the back post.”

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