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Atlético stop Leicester’s Champions League fairytale

Atlético stop Leicester’s Champions League fairytale
April 19
07:28 2017

Atlético Madrid ended Leicester City’s dream of advancing to the semi-final of the Champions League on Tuesday night at the King Power stadium.

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The English Premier League champions were knocked out on a 1-2 aggregate scoreline after playing a 1-1 draw in the 2nd leg quarter-final match at the King Power stadium.

Leicester was the last England club in the Champions League.

Atletico went into the game with an away goal advantage while Leicester were determined to bounce back from the controversial penalty that gave their Spanish opponents the upper hand.

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Hence, players of both sides fiercely contested the ball in every area of the pitch.

But Atletico took the lead in the 26th minute after Filipe Luis curled a delicious deep cross which Niquez Saul connected with and headed past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

After the goal, the intensity of the game increased with both sides seeing much of the ball but failing to have clear cut chances.

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Leicester had to score three unanswered goals to win the game and sail into the semis, so the English side kept probing.

In the 61st minute, a blocked Ben Chilwell’s shot fell to Jamie Vardy and he wasted little time in smashing it into the roof of the net to keep Leicester’s hope alive.

But there were to be no more goals in the game.

Vary is the first English player to score in a UCL quarter-final since Frank Lampard in 2012.

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Atlético have now scuppered Leicester’s hopes in three of their four European campaigns to date, knocking them out of the first round of the 1961-62 Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1997-98 Uefa Cup.

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