Sevilla’s early penalty miss and two goals from Sabaria and Correa put the LA Liga side firmly in control until Vardy scored an important away goal to keep the tie alive.
Sevilla began the game as anticipated on a front foot and were everywhere on the opponent half and the work rate of Steven N’zonzi proved how well he has grown from the player every Leicester City fan will remember in his days at Stoke when his decision making and clumsy challenges brought nothing but cards for him into one of the best midfielders in LA Liga and in this season Champions League. He stifled every Leicester City attack and controlled the midfield in the first half.
Leicester City have their goalkeeper to thank because the match would have ended with a basketball scoreline. Sevilla overwhelmed them with their creativity and speed of thoughts and that proved to be correct when Leicester City captain Wes Morgan brought down Correa in the box. Kasper Schmeichel was equal to the task and dived correctly to his right to save Correa’s penalty much to the relieve of the Leicester City players. The penalty miss did not put any break on Sevilla’s attack as they continued pressing. Their efforts was rewarded when Nigerian international Ahmed Musa who had a night to forget was dispossessed by Vitolo, he passed to Sergio Escudero who put it a perfect cross which Christian Fuch missed only for Sabaria to head into the far right corner of Schmeichel’s post to give Sevilla a deserved lead in the 25th minute. Sevilla exert more pressure on Leicester City with shots from Escudero and Jovetic but Kasper Schmeichel was really good and saved lots of it to keep his team in the tie.
On the restart, it was a question of how many Leicester City will concede but football has a way of dashing such hopes like when Leicester City themselves against all odds last season lifted the prestigious premier league title. When Correa atoned for his earlier penalty miss and scored to give Sevilla two-goals advantage, it was clear that more was coming but Ranieri introduced Gray for Musa, Leicester City looked like a different team. Gray did justify the manager’s faith in him and worked very well on the left side to find Drinkwater who put in a good ball for Jamie Vardy to score his first Champions League goal and vital away goal. Sevilla had opportunities to make it three or four-one especially Vitolo whose shot hit the ever present Schmeichel who blocked his near post.
Leicester City survived the attacks and live to fight another day at king power stadium. Ranieri will be pleased with his team second half resilience and will hope it will form a spring board for them in the league.
In the other result, Porto lost at home to Juventus (Porto 0 Juventus 2).