Sevilla dominated possession and chances but could only take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their Champions League tie with Leicester...
Sevilla dominated possession and chances but could only take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their Champions League tie with Leicester.
The struggling Premier League champions commanded just 27% possession against their Spanish hosts and managed just two shots on target, but thanks to Kasper Schmeichel’s first-half penalty save their last-16 tie still hangs in the balance.
Schmeichel denied Joaquin Correa from the spot after just 14 minutes, but he couldn’t prevent Pablo Sarabia firing Sevilla head 11 minutes later and Correa made amends on 62 minutes smashing home to double Sevilla’s advantage.
Leicester though pulled a goal back through Jamie Vardy (73) after good work between sub Demarai Gray and Danny Drinkwater to keep the tie alive.
But for Schmeichel’s first-half heroics Leicester would have been out of the tie before half-time with Sevilla’s lead failing to reflect their utter dominance.
The Dane pulled off a string of saves as the Foxes survived a first-half onslaught but hung on to set up a winner-takes-all showdown on March 14.
Without a Premier League win and goal in 2017, and having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Millwall on Saturday, Leicester were looking to Europe to gain momentum in their domestic relegation fight.
While they were outclassed at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, Ranieri’s men can take heart from the defeat.
Juventus struck twice in the second half to take control of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against 10-man Porto.
The Portuguese champions had their backs to the wall for much of the game following Alex Telles' 27th-minute dismissal and Juve's dominance finally paid off as substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves scored two minutes apart to seal a 2-0 win.
Porto looked to strangle the game after they had been reduced to 10 men, Telles booked for tripping Juan Cuadrado on the halfway line and dismissed for another caution just 74 seconds later for another touchline foul, this time on Stephan Lichsteiner.
Miralem Pjanic stung the palms of Iker Casillas with the game's first decent effort, with the Spanish goalkeeper then pushing an effort from his former Real Madrid teammate Gonzalo Higuan behind for a corner.
The visitors came close to taking the lead on the stroke of half-time as Paulo Dybala's long-range drive rattled the post.
Porto were frustrating the visitors after the interval as they battled resolutely despite being a man down.
With Juventus knocking on the door but unable to take the lead, Max Allegri looked to his bench with impressive results.
Pjaca replaced Cuadrado after 67 minutes and had the Serie A champions ahead less than five minutes later, finishing well for his first Juve goal after Dybala's pass was deflected perfectly into his path.
Alves needed even less time to double the advantage as he came on for Lichsteiner and struck just over 60 seconds after his introduction, controlling Alex Sandro's cross before rifling home.
MARKO PJACA! GOAL! pic.twitter.com/CLi4Xelayd— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) February 22, 2017
DANI ALVES! 2-0! pic.twitter.com/z4iHk07A0D— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) February 22, 2017