Football: Leicester City thrash Randers to progress in Conference League

Harvey Barnes celebrates scoring Leicester's first goal. PHOTO: REUTERS

RANDERS (REUTERS) - Leicester City completed the job away to Danish side Randers to reach the last 16 of the Europa Conference League, winning Thursday's (Feb 24) knockout stage playoff second leg 3-1 to complete a 7-1 aggregate win.

Harvey Barnes curled in the opening goal in the second minute and James Maddison smashed in a free kick and a long-range effort from open play in quick succession to further stretch the Premier League side's advantage.

Randers got a late consolation through Stephen Odey after a howler from Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Elsewhere, PSV Eindhoven overcame Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1 on aggregate by earning a 1-1 draw in Israel although the game was in danger of being abandoned early in the second half after objects were thrown on the pitch.

The referee took both teams off with the match goalless and headed down the tunnel but the officials and players soon returned and the match resumed, Maccabi's Enric Saborit scoring in added time to cancel out Yorbe Vertessen's 84th-minute strike.

Olympique de Marseilles won 3-0 at Qarabag to progress 6-1 on aggregate while Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt beat Celtic 2-0 to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory over the Scottish Premiership leaders.

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