Atletico Madrid reached a third Champions League semi-final in four seasons as Leicester City’s dream run came to a halt following a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.
Having claimed a 1-0 first-leg triumph courtesy of Antoine Griezmann’s controversial penalty, Diego Simeone’s side were typically efficient in Tuesday’s return leg – Saul Niguez’s first-half header rendering Jamie Vardy’s goal immaterial.
As shock Premier League champions last season, the Foxes have rarely wilted in the face of improbable odds, but the requirement of another two goals against a side so tactically astute and defensively disciplined proved beyond Craig Shakespeare’s men.
Leicester had won all four home games in this season’s Champions League, conceding only once in the process, and they tried gamely to protect that proud record, with a vociferous crowd treated to a spirited showing.
But, having switched off in defence to allow Saul to nod in a crucial away goal after 26 minutes, Vardy’s close-range finish proved their only tangible reward for a resilient second-half performance that merited at least a win on the night.
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