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Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez 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 April 18, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez 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 April 18, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Koke (L) and Atletico Madrid's Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (R) vie with Leicester City's English defender Danny Simpson 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Koke (L) and Atletico Madrid's Belgian midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco (R) vie with Leicester City's English defender Danny Simpson 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (R) reacts following a challenge with Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (R) reacts following a challenge with Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid (L/obscure) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid (L/obscure) celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez (C) 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 April 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez (C) 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 April 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City is tackled by Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester City is tackled by Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Christian Fuchs of Leicester City goes down injured during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Christian Fuchs of Leicester City goes down injured during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez (R) vies with Leicester City's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez (R) vies with Leicester City's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez (2L) vies with Leicester City's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki (C) 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez (2L) vies with Leicester City's Japanese striker Shinji Okazaki (C) 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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Leicester City's Daniel Drinkwater (right)and Atletico Madrid's Kasmirski Filipe Luis during the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 18, 2017. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Leicester City's Daniel Drinkwater (right)and Atletico Madrid's Kasmirski Filipe Luis during the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 18, 2017. See PA story SOCCER Leicester. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

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Stefan Savic of Atletico Madrid and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Stefan Savic of Atletico Madrid and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City battle for possession during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Atletico fans wave scarves ahead of 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, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Atletico fans wave scarves ahead of 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, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

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Leicester City fans wave flags prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Leicester City fans wave flags prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin (C) warms up with teammates ahead of 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin (C) warms up with teammates ahead of 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, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAMIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images

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Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City look on during the warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City look on during the warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on April 18, 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Security check the stands before the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PA

Security check the stands before the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PA

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Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez 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 April 18, 2017. AFP/Getty Images

Leicester have been knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, losing 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals following a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy's second-half goal secured a 1-1 second-leg draw but could not force a stunning comeback after Saul Niguez's opener.

Atletico reached the semi-finals 2-1 on aggregate but only after they survived a scare following the Foxes' second-half bombardment at the King Power Stadium.

The visitors controlled the tie until Vardy struck and the hosts were reinvigorated as Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Riyad Mahrez all went close to adding a second.

Saul's header proved crucial though as Diego Simeone's side - beaten finalists in two of the last three years - squeezed into the semi-finals in search of their maiden Champions League crown.

And Leicester may now be without captain Wes Morgan - who returned after a six-game absence with a back injury - for the rest of the season after he limped out late with an apparent hamstring injury.

The hosts brought out the pyrotechnics and smoke before kick-off but Atletico remained unmoved and engineered a nerveless start where neither side fashioned an opening.

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Noticeably they looked to get players behind the ball when Leicester were in possession, condensing the space and refusing to offer the Foxes a high defensive line to exploit.

Strikers Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann showed flashes of a partnership but it was the hosts who created the first chance when Shinji Okazaki prodded Vardy's cross high and wide after 20 minutes.

The Foxes were encouraged but the life was sucked out of the King Power Stadium after 26 minutes when Atletico took the lead on the night.

There had been nothing to suggest either side would break the deadlock but Atletico grabbed a crucial away goal when Filipe Luis crossed and Saul, having lost Marc Albrighton, produced a brilliant low header from 16 yards which dropped into the corner.

Leading 2-0 on aggregate, Atletico could relax knowing they had conceded just seven times in their previous 17 Champions League outings.

Mahrez volleyed straight at Jan Oblak as the Foxes tried to respond but the visitors began to offer the kind of European masterclass Leicester had not experienced this season.

Their second string lost 5-0 in Porto in December but this time they came up against a force in Atletico whose game management rendered the Foxes impotent in the first half.

Atletico looked like they could pick Leicester off at will as they kept the ball and almost killed the tie with Griezmann's exceptional work rate underpinning their performance.

The France international was a class above and he almost created a second for Carrasco five minutes after half-time when he breezed past four defenders only for his cross to drift ahead of his strike partner.

Soon afterwards Ben Chilwell, on for Yohan Benalouane at the break, volleyed over before Leicester kept their hopes alive by levelling on the night after 61 minutes.

Again, as in Seville in the last 16, it was Vardy who came up with the goods when he rammed in from close range after Chilwell's deflected drive bounced into his path.

Tails up, the fighting Foxes went for it and Ulloa's goalbound drive was blocked as they pinned Atletico back.

For the first time Atletico were flustered and Vardy nearly grabbed a second in the 67th minute, only for Stefan Savic to throw a leg out at his snap shot.

A different game emerged from one Atletico had so much control over as Leicester rediscovered their belief and Mahrez bent a free-kick just over.

The Foxes relentlessly pressed but could not find another goal and, with Atletico content to rely on their away goal, the visitors offered little going forward.

It was ultimately enough as Craig Shakespeare's Leicester gallantly bowed out.


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