Leicester's Champions dream ends; Real ousts Bayern
- 19 Apr 2017 at 03:48
- WRITER: REUTERS
Leicester City's Christian Fuchs, dejected after the match. (Reuters photo)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Leicester City's fairytale Champions League journey came to an end at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid, who reached the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons with a 2-1 aggregate win.
A first-half goal by Saul Niguez proved enough to ease the Spanish side through to the last four despite Leicester's spirited revival in the second half when Jamie Vardy equalised on the night.
Diego Simeone's side, who won the first leg in Madrid 1-0, had the better of the opening exchanges, but after Leicester finally found their feet, Shinji Okazaki firing over from close range, Saul extended Atletico's overall lead in the 26th minute, heading home powerfully from Filipe Luis's superb cross.
The Premier League champions, in their first Champions League campaign, responded strongly, dominating the second half, and England striker Vardy equalised on 61 minutes after Ben Chilwell's shot was blocked, but it was not quite enough.
In the day's other match, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the semi-finals with a 4-2 extra-time win against 10-man Bayern Munich, sealing a 6-3 aggregate victory in controversial circumstances.
A bizarre Sergio Ramos own goal forced the extra period in the Bayern-Real Madrid match, after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern from the penalty spot and Ronaldo equalised.
Marcelo twice cleared off the line for Madrid and Jerome Boateng did the same for Bayern in a thrilling game, which was tilted in Madrid’s favour by Arturo Vidal’s dismissal for two yellow cards, the second of which was harsh.
Ronaldo put Madrid level at 2-2 on the night in the first period of extra time when he scored his 100th Champions League goal, from a clearly offside position, before he wrapped up his treble and Marco Asensio added a fourth.
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