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Atletico Send Leicester Crashing Out To Secure Semi Final Spot

UEFA Champions LEague

Result: Leicester City 1-1 Atletico Madrid (1-2 on aggregate)

Date: 18 April 2017

Venue: King Power Stadium

English Premier League champions, Leicester City have crashed out of the UEFA Champions League after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid.

After a slow start to the encounter, Atletico carved out their first meaningful opening in the 15th minute as Saul Niguez fired just wide of the upright.

The La Liga outfit eventually broke the deadlock in the 26th minute as Niguez took advantage of some slack defending and headed home Felipe Luis' cross.

The Premier League struggle to carve out clear-cut chances in the opening 45 minutes and were restricted to efforts from distance, none of which troubled Jan Oblak.

Diego Simeone's charges were in control for most of the half, but the score remained 1-0 as the sides entered the halftime break.

The hosts opted for a double change at the start of the second half, as Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa replaced Benalouane and Okazaki

Leicester eventually leveled matters after 61 minutes, as Jamie Vardy smashed home from close range, after Chidwell's initial effort had been blocked.

Simeone opted for a change on 70 minutes as Yannick Carrasco made way for Fernando Torres.

The Foxes pushed for a go-ahead goal in the closing stages with Vardy going close on a couple occasions.

However, Atletico managed to see out the closing stages to secure their spot in the Champions League semi-finals. 

 

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