In the first leg of UCL 2016/17 round of 16, Spanish hosts Sevilla earned a 2-1 victory against the English side Leicester City. Pablo Sarabia (25’) scored the first goal for the hosts while Joaquin Correa (Sevilla FC) paid off his early penalty miss with a second half goal (61’). Jamie Verdy scored the important away goal for ‘The Blues’ on 73 minutes.
Sevilla started very positively but Kasper Schmeichel’s hands were continuously keeping away the visitor’s from conceding an early goal.
On 13 minutes, Sevilla got a penalty after Leicester defender Wes Morgan made a silly challenge on Correa inside the penalty box which made Correa fall. Correa, then, disappointed with his poor placement from the penalty spot, which was safely handed into the visitors’ goalie.
Finally, the hosts broke the deadlock on 25 minutes. Sergio Escudero’s excellent cross was headed by Sarabia which entered to the goal after hitting the bar.
After that goal, Sevilla continued playing attacking football while Schmeichel’s alertness denied any further joy for the visitors in first-half.
The first half ended 1-0 in favour of Sevilla. The Spanish side totally dominated in that half while Schmeichel’s desperate goalkeeping was the only positive talking point for the English side.
Five minutes in the second half, Leicester was able to put their first shot on target in this match. Niddi produced a fine volley which went straight into Sevilla’s goalie – Sergio Rico’s hands.
At the very next moment, Vitolo’s low shot beat Schmeichel and hit the post.
Sevilla later extended their lead to 2-0 just after the match completed one hour. Jovetic played a good ball for Correa who put into the net after hitting the underside of the crossbar.
On 73 minutes, Jamie Verdy raised hopes for English in this competition with his maiden Champions League goal. Drinkwater produced a great grounded cross for Verdy who finished that comfortably to open the scoreline for the English side.
Just two minutes before the completion of the 90-minute period, Rami headed from a corner which hit the bar and resulted in a goal-kick.
The match finally ended with 2-1 scoreline in the favour of the hosts. Despite achieving a well-deserved victory, the away goal of Leicester City has kept this tie in balance. Schmeichel’s superb goalkeeping was the highlight of this match.
On 14th March, they will meet again in the return leg at English side’s home ground (King Power Stadium) to decide who progresses to the next round.