There was no awakening from Leicester City’s nightmare season as they went down 2-1 at Sevilla in their Champions League last-16 first-leg meeting, but Jamie Vardy’s away goal stirred old senses again for the Foxes.
This continental trip offered the Foxes distraction from domestic dismay that lurched from slipping into a Premier League relegation fight to FA Cup elimination at the hands of Millwall on Saturday.
Given their woeful form, a trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan was the last thing Claudio Ranieri needed and Sevilla – without the suspended Jorge Sampaoli on the touchline – routinely found gaps in a porous and passive defence.
Kasper Schmeichel was the only visiting player to provide resistance, saving Joaquin Correa’s early penalty and numerous other efforts, but Pablo Sarabia’s firm header had Sevilla ahead at half-time and Correa atoned for his miss with a goal after the break.
Schmeichel’s saves largely looked to be in vain, but a Sevilla lapse opened up space for Danny Drinkwater to tee up Vardy’s first Champions League goal and send a Leicester following that has become increasingly browbeaten to dream again.
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