Leicester sink Seville to advance into Champions League Q/finals

English Premier League champions, Leicester City secured their spot in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, after claiming a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla.

Sevilla nearly broke the deadlock inside four minutes, but Kasper Schmeichel produced a fine save at his near post to deny Samir Nasri.

Leicester saw a lot of the ball in the opening 20 minutes and closed down the visitors whenever they did have possession of the ball.

The Foxes eventually broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick was bundled home by Wes Morgan.

Sevilla hardly threatened the Leicester goal for the rest of the first half, as the likes of Nasri and Vitolo were kept quiet.

The La Liga outfit opted for a double change at the start of the second half, as Stefan Jovetic and Mariano replaced Mercado and Sarabia.

Leicester then doubled their advantage in the 54th Marc Albrighton controlled well, before volleying the ball into the bottom corner, 2-0.

Sevilla were then reduced to 10 men when Nasri was shown a second yellow card after an altercation with Jamie Vardy.

However, the La Liga outfit were then awarded a penalty after 78 minutes when Schmeichel brought down Vitolo. However, Leicester goalkeeper redeemed himself by saving Steven Nzonzi’s spot-kick.

Sevilla pushed for an equaliser that would send the clash into extra time, but the Leicester managed out to hold out till the final whistle.

The Foxes have now qualified for the last eight in their debut in the Champions League, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate. – Africa Sports24.

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