Leicester 2-0 Sevilla player ratings: Jamie Vardy shows he's more than just goals with tireless display

Leicester City beat Sevilla 2-0 at the King Power stadium as they continued to make history by reaching the Champions League quarter finals for the first time.

The Foxes trailed their Spanish opponents 2-1 from the first leg, but goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton secured a 3-2 aggregate win and a passage into the next round.

Leicester – rejuvenated under caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare – took the lead midway through the first half when Riyad Mahrez’ free-kick was bundled home by captain Morgan following a scramble in the box.

Wes Morgan opens the scoring for Leicester
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Sevilla coming closest to an away goal just after half time when Sergio Escudero’s long range strike cannoned off the underside of the crossbar.

Marc Albrighton then doubled Leicesters lead early in the second half with a low left-footed drive from the edge of the box, sparking jubilant scenes at the King Power.

Sevilla were then reduced to ten men when ex-Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri was sent off for the visitors for two bookable offences.

Despite Nasri’s red card Leicester had to withstand heavy pressure in the closing stages with Kasper Schmeichel saving Steven N’zonzi’s tame penalty after the Dane had fouled in the box, but they held on to progress to the quarter finals.

John Cross ran the rule over the performers, here are his player ratings…

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LEICESTER

Schmeichel 8

Super early save from Nasri set the tone for a big night and great win.

Simpson 7

Excellent defensive display, worked hard and stuck to his task.

Huth 7

Solid and hard. Clattered Rami early on to remind him who was boss.

Leicester City’s Robert Huth in action with Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder
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Morgan 8

Scored priceless opening goal. He’s back to being superhuman again.

Fuchs 8

Brilliant display, got forward well and defended brilliantly. Superb.

Albrighton 7

Terrific second goal, lovely cool finish, back to his very best.

Ndidi 7

Great energy, got around the pitch, we’re now seeing his potential.

Jamie Vardy is tackled by Sevilla’s Adil Ram
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Drinkwater 8

Superb. Covered every blade of grass, snapped and tackled brilliantly.

Mahrez 7

Terrific deliveries, his free kick led to the first and caused chaos on second.

Okazaki 7

So unselfish and tireless, worked incredibly hard to support Vardy.

Vardy 9

MotM. His work rate and determination set the tone. Incredible display.

Subs

Silimani, for Okazaki, 64 mins, 6

Leicester players celebrate Wes Morgan’s opener
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SEVILLA

Rico 6

Good distribution, good on the ball, less convincing as a keeper.

Pareja 6

Found Vardy a real handful, was never given a moment’s peace.

Mercado 5

Hooked at half time, possibly for losing Morgan on the opening goal.

Rami 5

Poor headed clearance led to Albrighton’s second goal. Poor.

Dejected Sevilla players look on after going a goal down
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Escudero 6

Smashed incredible 40 yard shot against the underside

N’Zonzi 7

Has improved so much from his days at Blackburn and Stoke.

Iborra 6

Conceded the foul on free kick which led to Leicester’s opener.

Sarabia 5

Went close with one effort, but largely quiet and subbed at half time.

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Nasri 6

Booked. Went close early on and got a yellow for a brutal foul on Ndidi.

Vitolo 6

Booked. Leicester kept him quiet, he got very little change out of Fuchs.

Yedder 6

Had a decent effort, the pint sized forward worked hard for Sevilla.

Subs

Ferreira, for Mercado, 46 mins, 6

Jovetic, for Sarabia, 46 mins, 6

Referee: Daniele Orsato

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