Atletico Madrid advance to Champions League semis

Redacción Agencias | 4/19/2017, 7:26 a.m.
Atletico Madrid advance to Champions League semis
El Atlético Madrid y el Real Madrid están en las semifinales de la Liga de Campeones | Foto Cortesía

Saul Ñiguez's goal in the 26th minute turned out to be all Atletico Madrid needed here Tuesday to defeat Leicester City 2-1 on aggregate and reach the Champions League semifinals for the third time in four years.

The Colchoneros, who started the contest with a 1-0 advantage after last week's first leg in Madrid, dominated possession in the early going, though it was host striker Shinji Okazaki who got the first chance of the night in the 21st minute, only to send the ball over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Saul beat Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with a perfect header after taking a great cross from Filipe Luis.

The visibly deflated Foxes found themselves unable to respond and the half ended with Atleti leading 2-0 on aggregate.

But Leicester coach Craig Shakespeare began the second half by making a double-substitution: Leo Ulloa for Okazaki and Ben Chilwell for Yohan Benalouane.

The Foxes, looking more like the Cinderella team that beat 5,000-1 odds to win the Premier League last season than the squad that just weeks ago was flirting with relegation, pulled level on the night with a goal in the 61st minute by Jamie Vardy.

Leicester kept Atleti pinned in their own zone and were relentless on the attack, but the visitors remained tenacious on defense and managed to see out the match.