Leicester City’s remarkable renaissance under Craig Shakespeare continued as Kasper Schmeichel’s late penalty save preserved a 2-0 win over 10-man Sevilla and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
After Schmeichel had kept the Foxes alive with a string of saves, Jamie Vardy’s goal in the 2-1 first-leg defeat – which proved to be Claudio Ranieri’s last game in charge – provided hope coming into Tuesday’s meeting at the King Power Stadium and the momentum from subsequent back-to-back domestic wins was continued here in dramatic fashion.
Wes Morgan’s scrappy effort just prior to the half-hour put the Premier League champions ahead via the away-goals rule, before Marc Albrighton’s low drive had them 3-2 up on aggregate.
Sevilla, Europa League winners in each of the past three seasons, played the final 15 minutes a man light after Samir Nasri was shown a second yellow card for an altercation with Vardy but the visitors only needed one goal to force extra time.
And, with 10 minutes to go, Schmeichel’s foul on Vitolo presented the Spanish side with the perfect opportunity to salvage a lifeline, only for the Dane to redeem himself from Steven N’Zonzi’s weak effort, while Sevilla’s frustrations were summed up when livewire coach Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands late on.