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Leicester City beat Sevilla 2-0 to advance to the Champions League Quarterfinals

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Did that really happen?

Leicester City v Sevilla FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Leicester are into the Quarterfinals of the Champions League on the back of a spectacular 2-0 win (3-2 agg.) over Europa League Champions Sevilla. The Foxes showed heart and desire from the kickoff and came out deserved winners, leaving Foxes fans wondering, could it happen?

Sevilla meant business from the whistle. Kasper Schmeichel was called into action a mere 4 minutes in, producing a World Class save at his near post to deny Samir Nasri from close range.

Despite that early warning shot, Leicester held firm, knocking the ball around quickly and confidently, with Jamie Vardy's movement causing problems for Sevilla's backline. The striker attempted to cut in on from left but was brought down on the edge of the area, giving Leicester a free kick in an excellent position.

Riyad Mahrez made sure to capitalize, swinging in a viscous ball towards the back post that bounced off the thigh of Wes Morgan and into the back of the net to give the Foxes the 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.

Sevilla were quick to respond, but their pressure amounted to nothing as Leicester went into the half with the lead, and as it stood, a place in the Last Eight courtesy of an away goal.

The visitors came out of the half immediately looking to change that, with the game becoming an end-to-end affair. Sergio Escudero nearly grabbed an equalizer after his spectacular 30 yard strike was denied by the woodwork in the 53rd minute.

Just over a minute later and Leicester had their second, courtesy of Marc Albrighton after the winger found himself on the edge of the area with acres of space to drive a deflected Mahrez cross into the back of the net, giving the Foxes the 3-2 lead on aggregate.

The visitors continued to push for an away goal, having their fair share of possession as the half progressed and carving out a couple of dangerous chances. A goal for the visitors was looking increasingly likely as they positioned themselves in and around the Leicester area, with no Foxes player getting a touch for almost 2 minutes. While this was all unravelling, Nasri and Vardy were at each other's throats. After some theatrics from Vardy, Nasri received his second yellow card of the match, leaving his team with 10 men and a mountain climb for the remaining 15 minutes.

Leicester City v Sevilla FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Even with a man down Sevilla continued to press and were eventually awarded a dubious penalty for their efforts in the 78th minute. Vitolo dinked a shot up and over a racing Schmeichel from close range, only for the effort to be cleared off the line by Robert Huth. But the referee was quick to pull it back for a penalty, as Schmeichel's momentum brought down the Spaniard, mind you, only after the ball had been played.

Steven N'Zonzi stepped up to take and level the tie, but his low strike was tame at best and easily saved by Schmeichel. And from there it was well and truly over for Sevilla.

The fairytale continues for Leicester, with a place amongst the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona in the Last 8. With the spirit of the team at an all-time high, who's to say the Foxes couldn't make a run at a Semi-Final place? Crazier things have definitely happened.