Leicester City overturned a 2-1 deficit to stun Sevilla and progress to the Champions League quarterfinals.

By SI.com Staff
March 14, 2017

On the heels of its unlikely Premier League title, Leicester City is still going in the Champions League, overturning a 2-1 first-leg deficit to Sevilla in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinals.

Despite being thoroughly dominated by Sevilla in the first leg in Spain, Jamie Vardy's away goal gave Leicester a pulse entering Tuesday. Plenty changed since that last meeting, with Claudio Ranieri being fired, and caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare taking Leicester's reins for at least the remainder of the season. The Foxes' play in the Premier League has improved since the shakeup, and they saw the same kind of response in the Champions League at King Power Stadium as well, winning 2-0 on Tuesday to cap a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton scored, and Kasper Schmeichel made a heroic penalty save late to preserve the triumph and send Leicester through.

Schmeichel made a massive save early too, denying Samir Nasri from close range in the fourth minute to prevent Sevilla from nicking an early away goal.

That was made even bigger in the 27th minute, when Morgan put Leicester ahead on the day with a goal off Riyad Mahrez's free kick. The captain knew little of the ball that glanced off his thigh and in, but it's of no matter to him, given that the goal put Leicester ahead via the away goal tiebreaker, with the teams level 2-2 on aggregate.

Sevilla nearly went back in front after Sergio Escudero hit the underside of the crossbar with a blast from long distance early in the second half.

Leicester made good on its let-off, though, as Albrighton tucked a low shot from inside the box inside the right post, doubling Leicester's lead on the day and giving the Foxes a 3-2 aggregate lead.

For Albrighton, who has no goals in Premier League play this season, the goal was his second of the Champions League (the other coming vs. Club Brugge in the group stage).

The task became more difficult for Sevilla with about 20 minutes to go and Sevilla possessing in Leicester's final third. Vardy delivered a slight push to Nasri, and he retaliated with a head butt to Vardy's skull.

The act drew his second yellow card and reduced Sevilla down to 10 men.

Sevilla was gifted a golden opportunity to pull level, though, when Vitolo was taken down by Schmeichel in the box, with the referee ruling for a penalty with 11 minutes to go. Schmeichel denied Steven Nzonzi on the spot-kick, though, preserving the aggregate lead and coming up with his second penalty save of the series.

Making matters worse for Sevilla was manager Jorge Sampaoli getting send off in the final 10 minutes. The fiery Argentine had missed the first leg due to a previous ban, as well.

Leicester joins the more storied likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus in the final eight of Europe's most prestigious competition.

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