Champions League - 2nd Leg
LeicesterLeicester City1Atl MadridAtlético Madrid1

Leicester City 1-1 Atlético Madrid

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at the King Power Stadium
Saul Niguez scores for Atletico Madrid
Saul Niguez's header was only the second home goal Leicester have conceded in the Champions League this season

Leicester City's Champions League adventure ended in disappointment at the quarter-final stage despite a spirited second-leg display against Atletico Madrid.

The Foxes dominated for much of the game at the King Power Stadium, creating numerous chances throughout, but were left with too much to do after Saul Niguez's 26th-minute header added to Atletico's one-goal advantage from the first leg in Madrid.

Needing three second half goals, Leicester responded with splendid defiance and equalised on the night when Jamie Vardy scored at the far post just after the hour.

They kept battling until the end as Atletico survived several scrambles, but the La Liga superpower held on and the Premier League's interest in the tournament ended.

The Foxes go down fighting

Second-half shots: Leicester v Atletico Madrid - on target (green), off target (red), blocked (yellow)
Leicester (left) had 17 shots to Atletico Madrid's two in the second half at the King Power Stadium

Leicester City have gained huge credit and credibility in making their way to the last eight of the Champions League as England's last surviving representatives.

And even in defeat over two legs to this battle-hardened Atletico Madrid side - twice losing finalists in recent seasons - the Foxes can be proud of another monumental effort that just came up short.

Craig Shakespeare's side were second best as Atletico looked a cut above for the first 45 minutes to lead through Niguez's header, which left Leicester needing those three goals against a miserly defence.

The hosts could have been forgiven for throwing in the towel but instead came out fighting, invigorated by Shakespeare's positive half-time changes. He sent on Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa for Shinji Okazaki and defender Yohan Benalouane, flooding Vardy with greater support.

Vardy's goal was no more than they deserved and for a time they had Atletico rocking, giving the King Power Stadium belief that another miracle was on the cards. They almost added a second in goalmouth scrambles, especially when Stefan Savic blocked Vardy's goal-bound shot.

In the final reckoning, the lack of an away goal and a controversial first-leg penalty scored by Antoine Griezmann left them with a hurdle that was just too tough to surmount.

There was disappointment inside the King Power Stadium at the final whistle but it was masked by a fully deserved standing ovation for Leicester's players.

When last season's Premier League champions started their Champions League journey, many believed reaching the knockout phase would represent success - so once again they defied the odds.

Atletico tough it out

Atletico players celebrate in front of Jamie Vardy (laid out on the pitch)
Atletico Madrid have conceded three goals in their past 10 matches in all competitions

Atletico Madrid are a side built in the image and likeness of their manager Diego Simeone - talented, uncompromising and streetwise.

And in the end it was that combination of qualities that made it just too tough for Leicester City to take their journey a step further into the last four.

Atletico showed their quality in the first half to score that crucial away goal, then demonstrated the resilience that has taken them to two Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016 [both lost to arch-rivals Real Madrid].

It needed a mixture of defiance and desperation but in the end it was enough to send them into another Champions League semi-final.

The King Power rises to the occasion

The King Power Stadium just before kick-off
Leicester fans waved blue, yellow and white flags before kick-off

This may be the last Champions League night at the King Power for some time - and if it is, Leicester City made sure it left plenty to remember them by.

The pre-match ceremonials were raucous and spectacular, with pyrotechnics, dry ice and fireworks whipping the home fans into a noisy frenzy.

Atletico were unmoved by the atmosphere early on but certainly felt its force as they were penned back in the second period.

The King Power has proved to be the perfect environment for Leicester City's Champions League adventure - and so it proved once more here.

Man of the match - Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

Diego Godin (left)
Diego Godin made 17 clearances in Tuesday's game - more than any other player on the pitch

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare, speaking to BT Sport: "In the first half we played really well but the goal changes the game plan - we knew we had to score three - so I had to make the change.

"There's no discredit to lose to a team of that calibre.

"In terms of effort, commitment, application - as a group we were tremendous.

"The momentum was with us when Jamie [Vardy] scored but it just wasn't to be.

"I think the whole club, the supporters, owners and players, can be immensely proud of what they've achieved.

"I've just said to the players 'you should want more of this'."

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone: "I'm full of emotion and pride at the performance of my team.

"I also have to say, what a great performance from our opponents. It was almost a pleasure to compete against them."

Atletico hit 100 Champions League goals

  • Only Edinson Cavani (four) and Robert Lewandowski (four) have scored more away goals than Saul Niguez (three) in the Champions League this season.
  • Saul's goal was the 100th Atletico Madrid had scored in the Champions League, in their 68th match in the competition.
  • Filipe Luis has provided back-to-back assists in all competitions for Atletico for the first time since October 2013.
  • Jamie Vardy is the first English player to score in a Champions League quarter-final since Frank Lampard in 2012.
  • Both of Vardy's Champions League goals have come in the knockout stage of the competition.
  • The Foxes had 16 shots in the second half of this match, while Atletico had two.
  • Leicester exit the Champions League unbeaten at home in their first campaign (W4 D1).

What next?

Leicester return to Premier League action with an away game at Arsenal on Wednesday, 26 April, followed three days later with another away game at West Brom.

Atletico Madrid are also away from home in their next match - a trip to Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday (19:45 BST).



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17Simpson
  • 5MorganSubstituted forAmarteyat 84'minutes
  • 29BenalouaneSubstituted forChilwellat 45'minutes
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26Mahrez
  • 25Ndidi
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 11Albrighton
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forUlloaat 45'minutes
  • 9Vardy


  • 3Chilwell
  • 7Musa
  • 10King
  • 13Amartey
  • 21Zieler
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Torres BelénSubstituted forHernándezat 55'minutes
  • 15Savic
  • 2Godín
  • 3Filipe LuísSubstituted forCorreaat 74'minutes
  • 8Saúl
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 24Giménez
  • 6Koke
  • 10CarrascoSubstituted forTorresat 69'minutes
  • 7Griezmann


  • 1Moyá
  • 9Torres
  • 11Correa
  • 19Hernández
  • 21Gameiro
  • 22Partey
  • 23Gaitán
Gianluca Rocchi

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamAtl Madrid
Shots on Target

Live Text

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    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Atlético de Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Savic following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by José Giménez.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Stefan Savic.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

  9. Post update

    Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Amartey (Leicester City).

  13. Post update

    Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ángel Correa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfred Ndidi.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Daniel Amartey replaces Wes Morgan because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Wes Morgan (Leicester City) because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.


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