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Leicester City’s Champions League dream ended in disappointment at the quarter-final stage, Atletico Madrid quelling all of their hopes for another underdog story.

The Foxes dominated for much of the game, but wasn’t given much to work with after Saul Niguez’s 26th-minute header, adding to Atletico’s one-goal advantage from the first leg in Madrid.

Needing three second half goals, Leicester was defiant and equalised when Jamie Vardy scored at the far post just after the hour.

They kept battling until the end as Atletico survived several scrambles, but the La Liga superpower held on and the Premier League’s interest in the tournament ended.

Leicester City was aplauded and given much credibility after making it to the last eight of the Champions League as England’s last surviving representatives.

In the final reckoning, the lack of an away goal and a controversial first-leg penalty scored by Antoine Griezmann left them with a hurdle that was just too tough to surmount.

There was disappointment inside the King Power Stadium at the final whistle but it was masked by a fully deserved standing ovation for Leicester’s players.

SCORELINE

Leicester City
Vardy (61′ minutes)

Atletico Madrid
Ñíguez (26′ minutes)

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