Wesley Fofana made a dream return after seven months out with injured as helped Premier League side Leicester City edge past Ligue 1 side Rennes and move into the Europa Conference League quarter-finals. Leicester won the first leg 2-0 at the King Power Stadium but their advantage was halved inside eight minutes when Benjamin Bourigeaud finished from Martin Terrier’s low cross.
Wesley Fofana Scores on Return from Injury to help Leicester City
21-year-old central defender Fofana, who made his first appearance since breaking a leg in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal in August, then glanced in a header from Nigerian International Ademola Lookman’s corner. The Frenchman ran and hugged boss Brendan Rodgers in emotional scenes, although that was not the last of the goals.
Ligue 1 side Rennes regained the lead on the night through substitute Flavien Tait’s low strike into the bottom corner in the 75th minute of the game with the hosts needing one more goal to force extra-time. They almost got it, but Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made a superb save with his legs to deny Serhou Guirassy in the 85th minute.
The Foxes held on to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory to move into the last eight of a European competition for only the second time in their history, after they lost to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League fat back in 2017. The draw for the next round takes place will be taking place on Friday in Switzerland.
In the past two years they have been pushing for Champions League qualification and finished fifth in successive campaigns before winning the FA Cup for the first time last season. They dropped to the Uefa Conference League after failing to make it in the Europa League. They finished third in their group, they dropped into the third-tier European competition which is the Europa Conference League.