Foxtrotting to Cardiff

We take a look back at this week’s second legs from the UEFA Champions League 1st Knockout Round

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Following a 2-1 defeat in Spain, the Foxes had it all to do on Tuesday night. They made a good start to the game, holding their own against the La Liga side. Leicester took the lead on away goals in the 27th minute as they made it 1-0 on the night. A Riyadh Mahrez free kick, was somehow put over the line by unmarked Captain Wes Morgan. Craig Shakespeare’s men took the lead into the second half. Sevilla came close in the early stages of the second half with chances to retake the lead on aggregate. However, in the 54th minute Marc Albrighton sent the King Power into absolute pandemonium as he made it 2-0 and gave Leicester the lead on the night and on the aggregate scoreline. Albrighton capitalised on a poor defensive clearance as he took the ball on the edge of the box and drilled it low into the back of the net. Samir Nasri was sent off for the visitors after an off the ball altercation with Jamie Vardy in the 74th minute. Sevilla won the chance to try get back into the game after Kasper Schmeichel brought down forward Vitolo in the box and recieved a yellow card for his troubles. However, Schmeichel made amends immediately as he managed to save what was a poor effort from Steven N’Zonzi from the resulting penalty. Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli was even sent off for persistently protesting the referee’s decisions.

A heroic Foxes performance just like we’ve seen all season in the Champions League and two very important penalty saves from Kasper Schmeichel across the two legs were enough to ensure The Foxes progression into the Champions League 1/4 Finals for the first time ever.

Juventus-Porto

Juventus came into this tie on Tuesday night with a comfortable 2-0 lead. Juventus dominated this game for the most part as they never really looked in any major trouble. They took the lead thanks the a penalty in the 42nd minute. After Maxi Periera dived back towards goal to keep out Gonzalo Higuain’s shot and he was judged to have handled the ball. Although from a goal keeping perspective it was a great save. Periera was sent off by the referee, Paulo Dybala stepped up confidently to convert the penalty to ensure a 1-0 win for the Serie A Champions.

Strong performances in both legs ensured an easy passage through to the 1/4 Finals of the Champions League for Juventus.

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