Watch: Atletico Madrid finishes off Leicester to reach Champions League semifinals

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Tuesday April 18th, 2017

Atletico Madrid finished off Leicester City's Cinderella run in the Champions League, with the Spanish power earning a 1-1 draw in England after carrying a 1-0 aggregate lead to King Power Stadium, ousting the Foxes on a 2-1 aggregate triumph.

Antoine Griezmann's penalty kick was the difference in the first leg, but Leicester was hoping for a repeat of the round of 16, when it overturned a second-leg deficit against another Spanish team (Sevilla) in front of its raucous home crowd. Saul Niguez put a dent in those chances in the first half, though, with an away goal forcing Leicester into needing three to advance.

Leicester had a nice opportunity to pull level on aggregate in the 21st minute, with Jamie Vardy getting in behind and in position to cut back a cross. His attempt found Shinji Okazaki some six yards out, but the Japanese forward couldn't redirect his chance on frame.

Atletico Madrid made Leicester pay for the wastefulness soon after. Saul tallied off a header from Filipe Luis's cross in the 25th minute, scoring the massive away goal and forcing Leicester to need a miracle against one of Europe's most disciplined defensive units.

Vardy pulled one back for Leicester in the 61st minute, finishing from close range. The climb still remained, though, with Leicester needing two more in the final half hour to go through.

Those goals never came, and the Foxes bow out in the quarterfinal round with a draw, while Atletico Madrid reaches the semifinal round again. The club is eyeing a chance to play in the final for the third time in four seasons.

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