Griezmann gives Atleti slender advantage

Griezmann

Atletico Madrid will go into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Leicester City with 1-0 lead thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s penalty.

  • Atletico Madrid 1 Leicester City 0
  • Koke hits the post early on
  • Griezmann penalty gives Atleti the lead
  • No clear-cut chances in the second half

Match Summary

Los Colchoneros started the match on the front foot and Koke fired an early warning shot when he hit the post from 25 yards out.

Diego Simeone's side did take the lead in the 27th minute when Griezmann scored from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Marc Albrighton.

The pace dropped off in the second stanza and the game finished with Atleti keeping their slender advantage.

Full Report

The hosts, as expected, were dominant from the start and had their first effort on goal in the fourth minute when Fernando Torres was played in by Griezmann, but the Spain striker shot tamely at Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Not long after, Atletico came even closer as Koke unleashed a fierce shot from more than 25 yards that had Schmeichel beaten but rattled the post.

The visitors were then their own worst enemies as Robert Huth only partially cleared a cross from Filipe Luis, although Yannick Carrasco failed to take advantage as he blasted his effort wide.

One sensed that a goal was coming and, ironically, it was a Leicester corner that was the catalyst for the opener in the 27th minute as Griezmann raced clear from the counter-attack and was brought down in the penalty area by Albrighton.

The awarding of the spot kick was contentious as the France international looked like he was fouled outside the box, but he picked himself up to coolly slot past Schmeichel.

The Foxes barely made the Atleti defenders sweat as the Spanish team went into the half-time break with their narrow lead.

The opening phase of the second half was fairly quiet as both clubs made a slow start. The first talking point came on the hour mark when Riyad Mahrez found space in the box and went down easily looking for a penalty after a soft challenge from Gabi but the ref waved play on.

The pace and intensity of the match dropped off alarmingly in the second half with both keepers not being tested for large parts.

With seven minutes remaining, the hosts nearly doubled their lead when Juanfran got in behind the Leicester defence and looked to roll the ball into the path of Griezmann inside the six-yard box, but it was cleared in the nick of time by Yohan Benalouane.

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