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Leicester City FC go down fighting against Sevilla FC in UEFA Champions League

Leicester City FC went down 2-1 to Sevilla in the first leg of an UEFA Champions league last 16 clash. Leicester Jamie Vardy scored in the away tie

football Updated: Feb 23, 2017 09:10 IST
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Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel saves a header from Sevilla's Vitolo during their UEFA Champions League clash.(REUTERS)

Jamie Vardy scored his first goal in the Champions League to give Leicester City some hope of staying in Europe’s elite competition despite a 2-1 loss to an utterly dominant Sevilla in Wednesday’s last-16 first leg.

Pablo Sarabia headed the hosts into a deserved lead in the 25th minute after Kasper Schmeichel had saved Joaquin Correa’s penalty. Argentine forward Correa made amends by netting in the 62nd after inspired play from Stevan Jovetic.

Leicester were outplayed by the home side, who had 80 percent of possession in the first half, and it took a number of brilliant saves from Schmeichel to keep them in the game, while Sevilla’s Vitolo hit the inside of the post.

Vardy made the most of a rare attacking opportunity for the struggling English champions by blasting in a cross from Danny Drinkwater from close range in the 73rd minute and Claudio Ranieri’s side were fortunate not to concede late on when Adil Rami’s header smashed against the crossbar.

The second leg in Leicester is on March 14.

First Published: Feb 23, 2017 09:00 IST