Sunday, 10 April 2016

Leicester City book place in Europa League after victory over Sunderland

Leicester City have officially qualified for European football next season following their 2-0 win over Sunderland. 

The victory at the Stadium of Light took Claudio Ranieri's men onto 72 points, meaning they now cannot finish any lower than fifth in the Premier League which books a place in the group stage of the Europa League.
Leicester City book place in Europa League after victory over Sunderland
Leicester celebrated another Premier League win.
The Foxes last played in Europe in the 2000-01 UEFA Cup, and have never previously gone beyond the first round in continental competition in three campaigns.

Their debut appearance came in the 1961-62 European Cup Winners' Cup, when they beat Glenavon in the preliminary round before losing 3-1 on aggregate by Atletico Madrid in the first round. They then lost to Atletico again, 4-1 on aggregate, in the 1997-98 UEFA Cup.

In 2000-01, they were knocked out 4-2 on aggregate by Red Star Belgrade.

Leicester will be assured of their place in the Champions League playoff round should Manchester United lose at Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's later fixture, but they will have to wait until next weekend to confirm their place in the group stage proper via a top-three finish.

If Leicester win the Premier League they will be seeded in next season's Champions League group stage draw along with the champions of Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Russia and the title holders.

At present only fifth in the Premier League is assured of a Europa League place, though that will become sixth unless Manchester City finish seventh or lower.

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