By Tatenda Choto
English Champions Leicester City sailed through to the last 8 of the UEFA Champions league as they beat Sevilla 2-0 in a night filled with drama at King Power Stadium in England last night. The match started with Sevilla dominating possession and containing their opponents to maintain the goal aggregate at 2-1 which was favouring them.
The match was too physical and gained momentum especially in the middle of the park before Samir Nasri was booked for crudely tripping the impressive Ndidi after his effort was pushed away from goals by Leicester’s Kevin Schmeichel.
The physical nature of the game led to Leicester City winning a free kick along the touch line which Riyadh Mahrez delightfully crossed to find Wes Morgan’s thigh in to the back of the net in the 27th minute. The Foxes opener boosted the teams moral and confidence and became even more offensive which stressed Sevilla till the first half was brought to an end.
Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli desperate for a goal brought in two double substitutions straight at the beginning of the second half bringing on Jovetic and Mariano. In the 54 minute, Marc Albrighton produced a thunder bolt from his left foot beyond the reach of Sergio Rico Gonzal.
After the second goal the match raised more emotions with hard tackling and shirt pulling which led to Samir Nasri receiving his second and a red card. Nasri was dismissed after an encounter with Jamie Vardie which led to both receiving yellow card.
The second half was filled with action, with Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedde striking from a distance to heat the cross bar before Sarabia went for the birds on a rebound. Opportunities flowed Sevilla’s way but they failed to capitalise. One great chance to push in to extra time came in the early seventy minutes of the match when Vitolo was brought down by Leicester goalkeeper but N’zonzi poorly executed it in to the gloves of Schmeichel.
Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli was sent off to the stands after protesting against most referee decisions which were against his side.
Sevilla escaped another goal after Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy came on counter attack but Vardy’s effort failed to put the final nail on the coffin.
Meanwhile Juventus scored from the spot kick after Porto’s Maxi Pereira blocked Gonzalo Higuain’s effort at goal by hands before he received his marching orders. Paolo Dybala bravely converted the kick in to the left corner of goal to secure his team a place in the last eight.
Leicester City, Juventus join Borussia Dortmand, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona for the quarter finals with other two teams qualifying today to make the list.