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Leicester 2-0 Sevilla: Foxes reach last eight of Champions League

Leicester overturned a first-leg deficit to stun 10-man Sevilla and book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Foxes continue to stun Europe's football elite after turning around a 2-1 first leg deficit to win 2-0 on the night at the King Power Stadium - and 3-2 on aggregate.

Craig Shakespeare's first game in full time charge ended with last season's shock Premier League champions keeping their European adventure alive.

They were helped when Samir Nasri all but ended Sevilla's hopes after he was sent off having squared up to Jamie Vardy.

Kasper Schmeichel also saved Steven Nzonzi's penalty - his second spot-kick stop of the tie - and Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands to cap his wretched night.

The tie should have been over in Spain but Sevilla failed to take their chances and their hopes of reaching the last eight for the first time since 1958 were damaged when Morgan opened the scoring in the first half.

Leicester's relentless determination ensured Shakespeare maintained his 100 per cent record as the Foxes recorded one of the biggest wins in their history.

Shakespeare, appointed as manager until the end of the season on Sunday, kept faith with the side which had won his two previous games in charge and he was indebted to Schmeichel after just three minutes.

The goalkeeper was one of the Foxes' heroes from the first leg, saving Joaquin Correa's penalty and making several saves, and he continued his own personal duel with the Spanish side when his smart saved denied Nasri at the near post.

The hosts scored with their first effort of the game in the 27th minute.

Vardy was brought down just outside the box and when Riyad Mahrez swung in a deep free-kick Morgan stuck out his leg to divert it in from six yards as Gabriel Mercardo dozed off.

It was Morgan's 26th career goal and came almost exactly 14 years to the day when he scored his first - for Kidderminster against Cambridge in the old Division Three.

Schmeichel tipped over Gabriel Mercado's mishit cross but space began to open up for the Foxes.

Christian Fuchs and Albrighton continued to combine well while Vardy's pace threatened to open the visitors up.

Since Nasri's early chance, though, Leicester had closed ranks and Sevilla struggled to carve a meaningful opening and Sampaoli responded by bringing on former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic and Mariano Ferreira at the break.

The visitors almost found a route back after 54 minutes when Escudero 30-yard drive smacked off the underside of the crossbar, with Wissam Ben Yedder firing the rebound over.

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It was a let-off Leicester heeded and they immediately doubled their advantage.

Again Sevilla's defending was their undoing as they failed to clear Mahrez's cross which fell to Albrighton and he buried low past Sergio Rico from 16 yards.

There was little way back for the Spanish side and Vardy almost finished them off but miscued his 66th minute volley.

And any hopes of a comeback were over when Nasri walked for a second yellow card and Schmeichel saved Nzonzi's penalty in five nightmare minutes for the visitors.

First, Nasri was dismissed after 74 minutes when he and Vardy squared up - the pair clashing heads - with the Manchester City loanee needing to be ushered off before Nzonzi wasted Sevilla's best chance.

Schmeichel brought down Vitolo in the box but made amends when he easily claimed the former Stoke midfielder's poor 79th-minute penalty.

Then, with eight minutes left, Sampaoli was sent from the touchline by referee Daniele Orsate to compound Sevilla's woes.

Vardy should have finished the tie with three minutes left but fired wildly over and the Foxes survived a scare in injury time when Correa shot over - before the full time whistle was met with wild celebrations.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Wow! Just Wow!" - former Leicester striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) after Albrighton scored the second.

STAR MAN

Schmeichel. Watched by his father Peter, a Champions League winner 18 years ago with Manchester United, the goalkeeper denied Nasri in the opening moments and saved a penalty from N'Zonzi which would have forced extra-time.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Shinji Okazaki's shot was blocked and the ball looped to Riyad Mahrez. Adil Rami failed to deal with the cross, heading to Albrighton. Three touches later it was in the net as Albrighton showed the composure of a striker to finish with aplomb.

He controlled it on his chest, played it out of his feet then tucked the ball in left-footed. Leicester were 3-2 ahead in the tie and Foxes fans were in raptures. The celebrations were matched when Schmeichel saved N'Zonzi's spot-kick.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Leicester supporters waved blue flags and white ones, but refused to accept defeat. A banner depicting Craig Shakespeare with a Doberman dog was unfurled at the Kop, accompanied by the words 'Let slip the dogs of war'.

That is a line spoken by Mark Anthony in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar after the main protagonist is stabbed in the back. Shakespeare has replaced another Roman hero, Claudio Ranieri, and last week had a 92 per cent approval rating in a poll in the local newspaper. Leicester showed plenty of energy and bite, leaving Sevilla whimpering.

PLAYER RATINGS

Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel: 8 (out of 10)

Danny Simpson: 6

Christian Fuchs: 7

Wes Morgan: 7

Robert Huth: 7

Danny Drinkwater: 7

Wilfred Ndidi: 7

Shinji Okazaki: 7

Jamie Vardy: 6

Riyad Mahrez: 7

Marc Albrighton: 8

Substitutes

Islam Slimani (for Okazaki, 64 minutes): 6

Daniel Amartey (for Mahrez, 89): 5

Sevilla

Sergio Rico: 6

Gabriel Mercado: 5

Nicolas Pareja: 5

Adil Rami: 4

Pablo Sarabia: 5

Sergio Escudero: 7

Vicente Iborra: 6

Steven N'Zonzi: 6

Wissam Ben Yedder: 5

Samir Nasri: 4

Vitolo: 5

Substitutes

Mariano Ferreira (for Mercado, 46): 5

Stevan Jovetic (for Sarabia, 46): 6

Joaquin Correa (for Ben Yedder, 68): 5

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West Ham v Leicester (Premier League, Saturday, March 18)

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Match preview

Foxes can win the Champions League, insists Craig Shakespeare

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare insists the Foxes can win the Champions League.

They host Sevilla in the last 16 on Tuesday, trailing 2-1 from last month's first leg, in Shakespeare's first game as full-time manager.

Shakespeare won his first two matches in charge - before Sunday's confirmation he would be boss until the end of the season - following Claudio Ranieri's February sacking.

A 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium would send the Foxes into the last eight on away goals and, after last season's shock 5,000-1 Premier League triumph, Shakespeare said Leicester must believe they can win the competition.

"Why not? We are in it, we have to try to be competitive in every game," said the 53-year-old, who was Ranieri's assistant. "For me there is no free game in football, you have to try to win every game you go in to and show that determination and competitiveness and we need to show that in abundance tomorrow night.

"We know the importance of getting that goal. It is going to be a huge task but hopefully with the crowd - and we make a good atmosphere here - we can go through."

Jamie Vardy's away goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium gave the Foxes hope after Kasper Schmeichel made a number of saves, including from Joaquin Correa's first-half penalty, to keep them in the tie.

Ranieri was dismissed just 24 hours after the defeat in Spain but Shakespeare believes Vardy's strike gives the tie a different complexion.

He said: "Evan after the first game we knew by getting the away goal we had given ourselves a great opportunity.

"The atmosphere will be electric and I'm expecting the team to take momentum from the two results (wins over Liverpool and Hull) and the confidence gained from that and really play on the front foot.

"That is not to say we will be open as we know Sevilla have world-class players but it makes for an interesting game because of their away goal.

"I'm quite calm and collected. Hopefully I'll stay calm so the players aren't over-emotional. Of course I'll be excited. We have to compete for the 90 minutes or extra-time. I understand the massive challenges ahead, no more so than tomorrow."

Nampalys Mendy is out with a knee injury, although Shakespeare is hopeful he will be fit for Saturday's Premier League trip to West Ham, while Robert Huth and Islam Slimani are a booking away from a ban.

The Foxes have also practised penalties in case of a shoot out at the King Power Stadium.

"We have, we are trying to leave no stone unturned - and by the way they were good, hopefully we can carry that on," Shakespeare added.

Danny Drinkwater is expected to start in midfield and he backed Sunday's appointment of Shakespeare, who was also assistant to former boss Nigel Pearson.

The England international said: "On behalf of all the players I think all of us would like to see him get the job long term.

"It's a great appointment. It's a good fit. We haven't got much time to turn things around but there's no better person for the job.

"I don't think it's changed an awful lot. He needs to take control more as manager and any changes he's made have been positive for the players.

"He's been a pleasure to work with as manager - but he's taken different roles as a coach. He helps us enjoy the football. It's not only for the players and manager but one of the biggest games in the club's history."

Sevilla boss Sampaoli ready for Foxes

Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli believes Craig Shakespeare has Leicester playing like champions again.

The Argentinian, who turned 57 on Monday, has been impressed by the Foxes' revival ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday.

He also revealed his surprise at Claudio Ranieri's sacking which came just 24 hours after Sevilla beat the Foxes 2-1 in the first leg last month.

Shakespeare, installed as manager until the end of the season, has won his two games since Ranieri's exit and Sampaoli sees similarities from last season's 5,000-1 Premier League triumph.

He said: "It looks like the same set-up as when they won the league. The change is in terms of their emotion and morale - they seem a lot more decisive now, they are going for it again.

"With the side that came to Sevilla there was a bit more confusion but now they are back to the team that won the league. They will try to harness the passion to create a great atmosphere."

Ranieri left Leicester a day after their defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and Sampaoli admitted he was disappointed to see the Italian go.

He said: "I found it very, very surprising, when you look at the role and what Claudio achieved, he basically changed the course of history for this team. It's a little bit painful for me to think about what has happened to Claudio.

"You always base someone's performance on the memories and what they have achieved. The fact he won the title in perhaps the toughest league in the world maybe it has soured that memory a little."

Sampaoli is expected to recall Manchester City loanee Samir Nasri and Vitolo after resting them recently and wants to see an improved performance after two straight draws in LaLiga knocked their title hopes.

"I think all teams go through bad patches, it happens to all teams. Sunday's game wasn't our best this season but in Vitoria (against Alaves) we were good in patches," he added, with Sevilla third and five points behind leaders Real Madrid.

"The performances haven't been as consistent but we need to make sure the real Sevilla turn up and we show our best game."

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