Leicester City 2-0 Sevilla (agg: 3-2): Foxes storm into Champions League quarter-finals – 5 things we learned

Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester City re-wrote history on Wednesday night after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton scored as the Foxes overturned their first leg deficit to win 2-0 on the night and 3-2 overall.

Sevilla pressed for an away goal but were hampered when Samir Nasri was sent off after a confrontation with Jamie Vardy earned him a second yellow card.

The Spaniards were given a golden opportunity late on when they were awarded a penalty but, just as he did in the first leg, Kasper Schmeichel came to the rescue. Steven N’Zonzi’s effort was low and weak and Schmeichel duly kept it out.

Our man James Nursey was at the game, here are five things he learned…

Wes Morgan bundles in the opener
(Photo: Michael Regan)
Kasper Schmeichel celebrates
(Photo: REUTERS)

1. Dubai break helped

Leicester did not kick a football on their recent bonding trip to the gulf.

It was a real old school break – some a few gym sessions , some r and r and a few drinks.

But few can argue with the trip after this as Leicester impressed back in the saddle after 10 days without a match.

They led 1-0 at the break after an exciting first half when they showed no rustiness.

Sevilla players look dejected after conceding
(Photo: Michael Regan)
Samir Nasri goes close in the first half
(Photo: REUTERS)

2. Claudio still remembered

“We’re all going on a European Tour, Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong,” sang the home fans.

The banner of Italian Ranieri as the Godfather has been removed at The King Power but the memories live on from last season’s title triumph.

And there was no greater reminder than the performance itself as Leicester reproduced more of the form and spirit which took them to the title.

N’Golo Kante watches from the stands
(Photo: Leicester City FC)
Jamioe Vardy in action with Sevilla’s Adil Rami
(Photo: Rex Features)

3. Vardy rediscovers fighting spirit

After spending much of the season playing more like Lee Chapman than Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s No.9 has rediscovered his fighting spirit.

The England striker sprinted from end-to-end, harrying the opposition and proving a constant thorn in their side.

Vardy was a thorn in Sevilla’s side
(Photo: Laurence Griffiths)
Samir Nasri and Vardy ‘clash heads’
(Photo: Laurence Griffiths)

4. Sevilla’s run ends

After previously winning the Europa League for the past three seasons, the Spaniards arrived in Leicester having won their last 12 two-legged European knockout ties.

But they probably hadn’t counted on Leicester being as tough a challenge are they are now after rediscovering their title-winning pomp.

It extended Sevilla’s recent woes from La Liga, where they drew twice in a week, including 1-1 at home against struggling Leganes, after which they were booed off.

Italian referee Daniele Orsato shows Nasri the red card
(Photo: AFP)
Nasri is forced off by his team-mates
(Photo: Rex Features)

5. Shakespeare’s 100 per cent run continues

It is fair to say Leicester’s new boss until the end of the season is hands-on.

He even drilled the side in the warm up which you don’t see Jose or Arsene doing.

But what Shakespeare lacks in managerial experience in his own right, he has made up for by having the firm backing of the Leicester players.

This was his fourth game as a manager in his own right – including one as caretaker of West Brom – and he has won the lot.

Craig Shakespeare gives instructions to Robert Huth
(Photo: Plumb Images)
Steven N’Zonzi has his penalty saved
(Photo: REUTERS)
Kasper Schmeichel dives the right way
(Photo: REUTERS)

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