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Europa Conference League: Match previews and how to watch the semi-final second legs on BT Sport
Leicester, Roma, Marseille and Feyenoord are dreaming of reaching the inaugural Europa Conference League final in Tirana - and every minute of the semi-final second legs is exclusively live on BT Sport.
The Europa Conference League semi-finals are in the balance ahead of the second legs on BT Sport.
Leicester, Roma, Marseille and Feyenoord are vying to reach the showpiece in Tirana, Albania on Wednesday 25 May.
Read on match previews and broadcast details for both second legs.
Roma vs Leicester (agg 1-1): BT Sport 3 HD, 7.15pm (8pm KO) - Live stream
Leicester face an enthralling second-leg shootout with Roma after an entertaining 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.
In a match that Roma boss Jose Mourinho described as too good for the Europa Conference League, the visitors struck first when captain Lorenzo Pellegrini beat Kasper Schmeichel, before the Foxes fought back valiantly and deservedly equalised when Ademola Lookman bundled home after 67 minutes.
Leicester dominated for large periods and could have been in a much stronger position for the trip to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.
A much-changed Roma were held to a goalless draw by Bologna on Sunday, their fourth match without victory and a result that means the Giallorossi have failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Mourinho decided to rest the likes of Lorenzo Pellegrini, Rick Karsdorp, Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of Thursday’s clash which the legendary Portuguese managed has billed as “a final played in Rome”.
They will feel they are well-placed to progress after frustrating the Foxes last week.
Leicester also made wholesale changes, eight in total, for Sunday’s loss against Tottenham. Key players James Maddison and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall should be available after getting over slight niggles, while Jamie Vardy is in contention to start.
Manager Brendan Rodgers spoke of the significance of Thursday’s second leg to the club in his pre-match press conference. “This is another chapter in the story,” he said.
“Our main objective is to keep the story going. Like we did in the FA Cup, now we can aim for our first piece of silverware in Europe.”
His players will have to cope with a fervent atmosphere at the iconic Olimpico to seal their first appearance in a European final.
Marseille vs Feyenoord (agg 2-3): BT Sport ESPN HD, 7.45pm (8pm KO) - Live stream
Marseille and Feyenoord are set to do it all again after a pulsating first-leg tie in Rotterdam ended in a 3-2 win for the Dutch side.
The hosts raced to a two-goal lead following goals from Cyriel Dessers and Luis Sinisterra, but went in level at the break after Bamba Dieng and Gerson hit back for Jorge Sampaoli’s visitors.
Dessers, who is on loan from Genk, had the final say though when he scored the winner just nine seconds into the second half at a deafening De Kuip.
Feyenoord routinely exploited Marseille’s high defensive line in the first leg and are unlikely to approach the return leg with a more conservative approach.
“They play with a fairly high last line and stay upfield a long time before going back,” said coach Arne Slot. “That’s why we often got one-on-one with their keeper. But they have a very good team.”
They consolidated third place in the Eredivisie with a comfortable 3-1 win over Fortuna Sittard on Sunday and go into Thursday’s tie in excellent form having won five consecutive matches in all competitions.
There was a sense of missed opportunity among the Marseille camp after individual mistakes cost them in the first leg.
The French giants still created several chances - and have the excellent Dimitri Payet in their ranks - but looked very susceptible at the back.
“In this sort of competition, you can’t make mistakes like we did [in the first leg],” said Sampaoli. “We weren't able to play, and the frustration that created led us to make mistakes.”
It was a similar story on Sunday when Marseille missed some glorious chances before succumbing to a dispiriting 3-0 home defeat to Lyon in Ligue 1.
These two sides are unlikely to take a backwards step when they renew acquaintances at Stade Velodrome with a place in the final at stake.