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Friday 28 July 2017

Foxes snare Sevilla to keep their European dream alive

Leicester City 2 Sevilla 0

Mark Albrighton celebrates. Pic: Getty
Mark Albrighton celebrates. Pic: Getty

Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton fired Leicester to a glorious victory over Sevilla - and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Foxes continue to stun Europe's football elite after turning around a 2-1 first leg deficit to win 2-0 on the night at the King Power Stadium - and 3-2 on aggregate.

Craig Shakespeare's first game in full time charge ended with last season's shock Premier League champions keeping their European adventure alive.

They were helped when Samir Nasri all but ended Sevilla's hopes after he was sent off having squared up to Jamie Vardy.

Kasper Schmeichel also saved Steven Nzonzi's penalty - his second spot-kick stop of the tie - and Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands to cap his wretched night.

The hosts scored with their first effort of the game in the 27th minute.

Vardy was brought down just outside the box and when Riyad Mahrez swung in a deep free-kick Morgan stuck out his leg to divert it in from six yards as Gabriel Mercardo dozed off.

Schmeichel tipped over Gabriel Mercado's mishit cross but space began to open up for the Foxes. Since Nasri's early chance, though, Leicester had closed ranks and Sevilla struggled to carve a meaningful opening and Sampaoli responded by bringing on former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic and Mariano Ferreira at the break.

The visitors almost found a route back after 54 minutes when Escudero 30-yard drive smacked off the underside of the crossbar, and Leicester immediately doubled their advantage.

Again Sevilla's defending was their undoing as they failed to clear Mahrez's cross which fell to Albrighton and he buried low past Sergio Rico from 16 yards.

And any hopes of a comeback were over when Nasri walked for a second yellow card and Schmeichel saved Nzonzi's penalty in five nightmare minutes for the visitors.

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