Sevilla edge Leicester 2-1 in first leg

Sevilla take a slight advantage into their Champions League last-16 second-leg after defeating Leicester 2-1 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Wednesday night.

  • Sevilla 2 Leicester 1
  • Correa sees his 14th minute penalty saved
  • Sarabia scores on 25 minutes
  • Correa adds a second on 62 minutes
  • Vardy pulls a goal back on 73 minutes

Match summary

Joaquin Correa had an early penalty saved before the home side opened the scoring as Pablo Sarabia headed home in the 14th minute.

Correa made up for his miss when he put the final touches to a good Sevilla move just past the hour mark before Jamie Vardy gave his side some hope with a solid finish on 73 minutes.

Full report

Sevilla started brightly with Sarabia seeing an early shot land on the roof of the Leicester net before Christian Fuchs fired high and wide at the other end from range.

Kasper Schmeichel had to be quick to readjust as a Fuchs back-header almost caught the keeper out on 10 minutes.

The hosts then should have taken the lead on 14 minutes from the penalty spot, but Correa, who was upended by Wes Morgan, saw Schmeichel get down low to his right to keep out his poor effort.

Morgan came close to getting on the end of a Mark Albrighton cross before Schmeichel made a good low save from a first-time Sergio Escudero shot from the edge of the box that was heading for the bottom corner of the net.

Vitolo saw his shot from the left blocked by Morgan but Sevilla were soon in the lead, with 25 minutes played, as Sarabia powered his header in at the back post, ahead of Fuchs, from a superb cross from Escudero from the left.

Schmeichel then had to be alert to get his fists to the ball as an audacious Stevan Jovetic shot, that took a massive deflection off Robert Huth, almost sneaked in under the crossbar.

Schmeichel had to affect another save as Sarabia floated a ball into a dangerous area from the right before doing well on 37 minutes to keep out a fierce Correa effort as he picked up a Vitolla pass on the edge of the 18-yard area after a mistake from Danny Drinkwater had gifted Sevilla possession.

And Vitolo was unable to direct his header on target when maybe Correa was better placed to attack the ball from just behind his teammate as Mariano whipped in a super ball from the right at the end of the first half.

Ahmed Musa wasted a rare attack for Leicester at the start of the second half as he shot well wide from 30 yards while Riyad Mahrez looked to cause trouble on the edge of the box before his cross was deflected into the arms of Sergio Rico moments later.

Wilfred Ndidi fired a shot straight at Rico after a good start for Leicester, but there was soon a scare for the visitors as Vitolo's shot from the left sneaked past Schmeichel at his near post, then scraped the woodwork before rolling right across the face of the goal.

Correa then erased memories of his missed penalty when he doubled his side's lead with a neat finish from the left on 62 minutes after Jovetic had done expertly well to bring a long ball down and pivot before feeding the goalscorer.

Vitolo saw a low cross from the left deflect off Morgan and across the face of goal as Mariano got ahead of Drinkwater to head clear a good Jamie Vardy cross from the right.

Vardy then sensationally popped up with his first Champions League goal in the 73rd minute, to give Leicester a lifeline as he slotted home a Drinkwater cross from the left.

As the tie wore down, Jovetic saw his appeals for a penalty waved away as Schmeichel denied Vitola with a header at his near post before Rami's 88th minute header hit the crossbar.