Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Antoine Griezmann gives Atletico narrow lead in Champions League tie

Antoine Griezmann gives Atletico narrow lead in Champions League tie

Replays show that the challenge occurred outside the area, but referee Jonas Eriksson pointed to the spot.

"To come here and still be in the game was the primary target", he said. It's a definite free-kick but it's out of the box.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone lamented his side's inability to kill the tie, but lauded Leicester's defensive effort.

"We were hard done by".

Andy King's introduction at the halftime interval did seem to spark some life into Leicester's attack, but they still didn't create too many clear-cut chances. "They bet everything on the second leg".

Before the fresh trouble yesterday, Spanish police reportedly said eight Leicester fans were arrested for "causing a mess" on Tuesday night.

Indeed, this is the first time Leicester have won three in a row against the Eagles in all competitions since March 1925 - they've never won four consecutively against them. It stings, of course, because the only goal came from a penalty that shouldn't have been, but when the Foxes pick themselves up and look for ways to overcome the deficit, they'll find there was plenty to learn from the game.

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Indeed, Guardian scribe Daniel Taylor posted a photo of UEFA's official stats, revealing that Vardy failed to complete a single pass during the 77 minutes he spent on the pitch, from a grand total of two...

Griezmann sent Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way from the spot after 28 minutes for his 24th goal of the season, while Fernando Torres missed a good chance to double the hosts' lead after the break.

But former Leicester manager Martin O'Neill, who commentated on the game for television, believes Leicester can emulate the 2-0 home win they managed against Sevilla.

Leicester could be down to the bare bones for the second leg with Yohan Benalouane, who played in Madrid, and Marcin Wasilewski the only recognised central defenders available.

Griezmann was the standout performer and almost added an assist to the only goal but Angel Correa couldn't quite stretch to reach his unsafe low cross 17 minutes from time.

Sections of the Madrid press criticised Atletico for not scoring more goals on the night, but Luis has insisted that his team played "a compete game" after scoring and keeping a clean sheet.

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