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Leicester City drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium in the UEFA Champions League, as the Spanish side advanced 2-1 on aggregate to the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Saul Niguez broke the deadlock with a bullet header after 26 minutes as the visitors stunned the home side.

Jamie Vardy’s second-half finish lifted the roof off the King Power on the hour mark, with Leicester suddenly playing with tempo and aggression.  

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at the King Power stadium in Leicester on Apr

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However, the Premier League champions—despite an incredible effort—could not find the additional goals they needed as they constantly hammered on the door.

Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare was forced into a defensive change, with Robert Huth suspended for the second leg.

However, captain Wes Morgan returned after a six-match absence due to injury to add weight to the back four.

Atleti coach Diego Simeone made one change to his starting XI, drafting in Jose Gimenez into midfield as Fernando Torres dropped to the bench on his return to England.

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (back row L), stands with teammates for the official photograph ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at the King Power st

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The hosts began positively as they hunted opportunities to peg back the Spaniards’ first-leg advantage, but Simeone’s outfit remained resolute in defence—as they’ve become famous for.

As the game unfolded into a chess match, it was Atletico who stole the lead through Saul’s precision header.

Leicester’s centre-backs were caught cold as the 22-year-old prodigy took his chance with world-class confidence and ability.

B/R Football highlighted the brilliant effort:


Shakespeare’s side pressed forward, attempting to keep their faint hopes alive, but it was the La Liga giants who strutted off at half-time with the tie firmly under their control.

Sports journalist Tom Williams was undecided about Leicester’s chances: 


The hosts finally grabbed a lifeline in the second half, with Vardy finishing from close range on the hour mark.

The England international has found his scoring boots once more, and he confidently prodded his effort towards goal.

The strike added a sense of purpose to the occasion as the Foxes rolled up their sleeves and went for the throat.

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (R) scores his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at the King Power stadium in Leicester on April 18, 2

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Leicester were suddenly winning every second ball as they laid siege on Atletico’s penalty area.

Vardy should have claimed his brace as he slammed an effort straight at goalkeeper Jan Oblak, and it was the English champions who were in the ascendancy.

The Foxes penned back Simeone’s defence, dominating territory throughout the second half, but Oblak was in fine form as he cleared his lines.

Antoine Griezmann was ineffective for the Spanish team, with the English side playing with pace and vigour.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City celebrates after Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (not pictured) scored Leicester City's first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and

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However, Leicester knew they had to score twice in the final 10 minutes to save their European dream.

Morgan collapsed with an injury in the last moments, with the returning captain putting his body on the line for the benefit of his team.

Leicester were the superior team in the latter stages, but it was Atleti who advanced after a strong defensive performance.

The hosts remain unbeaten at home in the competition this term after their magnificent efforts at the King Power.



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