It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination but Leicester City will live to fight another day in the UEFA Champions League, despite being thoroughly and utterly outplayed by Sevilla on Wednesday night.
In the club’s first ever knockout round match in the illustrious tournament, the Foxes put up little resistance against third place team in La Liga...but somehow only managed to get beat by one goal in the 2-1 affair.
Jamie Vardy scored a vital 73rd minute tap-in to give Leicester an away goal that it desperately needed, effectively giving the return leg at the King Power Stadium meaning.
The domination that later would result in a whopping 72% possession for the home side began early as shot after shot peppered Kasper Schmeichel’s goal. He was forced to face a penalty early as well following some shambolic defender by his center backs Robert Huth and Wes Morgan. A failed clearance by the German led Morgan to dive in on a slide tackle that was quickly whistled.
Much to Leicester’s delight, the attempt from Joaqin Correa was saved easily by Schmeichel as he fell to his right to keep the score at 0-0.
Sevilla would take the lead just over 10 minutes later as Pablo Sarabia expertly dispatched a long headed attempt following an exquisite cross from Sergio Escudero.
The lead would be doubled on the other side of halftime when former Manchester City star Stevan Jovetic was able corral the ball on the break and deftly touch to Correa who finished past Schmeichel to extend the lead to 2-0 in the 62nd minute.
Vardy would get himself on the scoresheet just over 10 minutes later finishing the feed from Danny Drinkwater in the most unexpected of tallies from Leicester who were nearly played off the part in the match’s first two thirds.
A nervy ending came to a close and Leicester head into the second leg in a relatively good position, all things considered. Up first however is a meeting with Liverpool on Monday from the KP.