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Griezmann gives Atletico Madrid narrow first-leg victory over Leicester City

Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium Disputed Griezmann penalty gives Atletico edge over Leicester
Montrelle Montesinos | 20 Abril, 2017, 13:47

Leicester City remain a surprise guest at the top table of European football but a place in the Champions League semi-finals beckons if they can overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid. It's a good win for us but the second leg will be hard.

Arturo Vidal sent Bayern ahead in the 25th minute of the contest, but the Chilean missed a penalty on the stroke of the interval, before Cristiano Ronaldo's double in the second period turned the last-eight tie around. "We've got so much technology available to us now that I find it unusual we can't be offering help to officials with video evidence". "We have a very good record at (home), the fans really enjoy these Champions League nights, although we know we'll have to create more chances than we did tonight".

He told BT Sport, as quoted by the BBC: "I think 1-0, we would have taken that before the game".

"Leicester knew what they wanted (here) and didn't change the way they played".

Atletico are bidding to reach the last four for the third time in four seasons following their losses to city rivals Real Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 finals. "It is one of the major decisions in the game - a definite foul but outside the box".

"As players you have to get the right balance, but I think I've got that within the squad", said the Leicester manager, whose side lost to a disputed Antoine Griezmann penalty in the first leg.

"It's a good break [by Atletico] and we spoke about that beforehand, but we'd like a chance to defend the free-kick instead of defending the penalty".

With Griezmann's converted penalty proving to be crucial in the outcome of the first leg, Shakespeare says that referees should be taking advantage of video assistance in such high profile fixtures.

However, there was a blow when defensive linchpin Robert Huth was booked for a foul on Griezmann which rules him out of Tuesday's second leg at the King Power Stadium. We had quite a few players on yellow cards, it was quite a tightrope.

"To come here and still be in the game was the main objective", Leicester midfielder Andy King said.

"In the last six or seven games, they've been very close to their best form from last season's title win".