Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, after which Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager, Leicester scored through Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton as they qualify for the quarter final in UEFA Champions League game.
It gave them a 3-2 aggregate win and continued a remarkable turnaround under new manager Craig Shakespeare, who has won three games in a row since stepping up from his role as Ranieri’s assistant.
Unrecognizable in the defense of their miraculous Premier League title, Leicester have found solace in the Champions League and have now won all four of their home matches in the competition.
Sevilla, winners of the last three Europa Leagues, saw Samir Nasri sent off late after he was shown an extraordinary second yellow card for aiming a headbutt at Jamie Vardy.
N’Zonzi might yet have taken the game to extra time after Schmeichel was penalised for catching Vitolo after the forward had dinked a shot past him. But the Dane redeemed himself with a save low to his left, thwarting Sevilla’s hopes of reaching the last eight for the first time since 1958.
The back-to-back 3-1 wins against Liverpool and Hull City overseen by Shakespeare had restored Leicester’s self-belief and the stadium crackled with anticipation prior to kick-off.
A carpet of blue and white flags greeted the teams, while Leicester’s fans unveiled a giant banner of Shakespeare, accompanied by the rousing William Shakespeare quote: “Let slip the dogs of war.”
For all the sound and fury generated by the home support, it was Sevilla who procured the first two sights of goal.
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