Jamie Vardy’s late goal and an inspired performance from Kasper Schmeichel gave Leicester City hope of a Champions League quarter-final as they battled to a 2-1 defeat against Sevilla.
Kasper Schmeichel saved an early penalty after Wes Morgan’s rash challenge, but Pablo Sarabia rose above Christian Fuchs to power a header into the far corner and give the hosts a deserved lead.
Despite a string of fine saves by Schmeichel, Joaquin Correa made up for his earlier penalty miss to double Sevilla’s advantage as the floodgates looked set to open on a tough night for the visitors.
Yet Demarai Gray came off the bench and gave Leicester new life, freeing Danny Drinkwater on the left to cross for Jamie Vardy who scored with only his second touch inside the Sevilla penalty area.
Claudio Ranieri’s side survived intense late pressure from the Spanish giants and will host the return fixture at the King Power Stadium with a real chance of progressing to the next round.
Read over the next few pages to see how Claudio Ranieri’s side rated on a testing night in Spain.
Kasper Schmeichel – Made his first penalty save in a Leicester shirt since 2013 from Correa’s early effort, and what a time to do so. Could only watch Sevilla’s opener find the corner, but he kept his side in the tie for long periods with save after save. Seemed like the only Leicester player willing to fight on Wednesday, but there’s only so much he can do when his defence is still so leaky. 9.