America MG

16' Norberto | 19' Luan | 32' Ruy | 75' Messias

4-2

Figueirense

58' N. Careca | 90' Henan

Santa Cruz

44' J. Paulo

1-1

Boa

71' Thaciano

Luverdense

17' P. R. de Souza

1-1

Parana

58' Alemao

Goytacaz

-

Barra Mansa

Diaz

29' R. Prieto | 73' R. Leichtweis

2-1

Cerro Porteno

45' G. Velazquez

Sport Victoria

-

Defensor La Bocana

Sport Loreto

-

Santa Rosa PNP

Carlos Manucci

-

Cienciano

Club Sando

-

North East Stars

Nyva Ternopil'

-

Arsenal Bila Tserkva

Polessya

-

Nyva Vinnytsya

Podillya Khmelnytskyi

-

Teplovyk

Ahrobiznes Volochysk

-

Lviv

Bukovyna

-

Skala Stryi

Cherkaskyi Dnipro II

-

Ternopil'

Orlando City

0-1

Atlanta United

86' H. Villalba

New York Cosmos

?-?

Valencia

Barcelona Atletico

?-?

Cibao

S. Wanderers

22' F. Pina | 83' B. Cerezo | 90' E. Gutierrez

3-0

Cobresal

New York Red Bulls 2

27' V. Bezecourt

1-0

Toronto FC 2

Champions League: Sevilla defeats Leicester 2-1

Sevilla welcomed Leicester City for their Champions League last-16 first leg tie at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Wednesday evening.

Sevilla came to the match in good form following two wins and a draw in their previous three games in La Liga. However Leicester are having a terrible run of form, during which they only managed two wins in their last 10 games. With one of them coming in the FA Cup against Championship side Derby County after extra time.
It meant that all odds were on Sevilla’s side, who were expected to register a convincing victory over the defending Premier League champions.

The two sides

Sevilla: Rico – Escudero, Rami, Lenglet– Mariano, N’Zonzi, Vitolo, Nasri, Sarabia – Jovetic, J. Correa
Leicester City: K. Schmeichel – Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs – Drinkwater, Ndidi – Albrighton, Mahrez, Musa.

As it was expected, Sevilla started the game better, and took control of the tie from the first minute.
Leicester were struggling to cause any danger, and even struggled to keep the ball for more than a few touches.

It seemed that the pressure would pay off for the Andaluzians, as Wes Morgan committed a foul in the box. Joaquin Correa stepped behind the ball, but his weak and not too well-placed shot was saved by Kasper Schmeichel. The result did not remain 0-0 for so long, as Sevilla took the lead thanks to a header from Pablo Sarabia. Leicester couldn’t have any complaints, as Sevilla fully deserved to end the half with a one-goal advantage.

The overall picture of the play did not change in the second half either, as Schmeichel kept Leicester in the game.
Later in the game Sevilla scored again through Correa, who missed a penalty earlier in the match. Despite having more chances throughout the game, Sevilla could not score the third. It was punised in the 73th minute by Jamie Vardy, who scored his first goal in 2017. Sevilla were visibly shocked by the goal, while it gave confidence to Leicester players.

The Foxes grew into the game, with both sides having chances to score in the remaining 20 minutes, but neither could so, which meant the game ended as a 2-1 victory for Sevilla.

Despite the defeat, Leicester City can be fully satisfied with the result, and can be thankful to Kasper Schmeichel for keeping them in the game.
The result means that we can be prepared for an exciting match in Leicester. With the Foxes struggling in the Premier League, their only hope to save their season is a good run in the Champions League. Altough any kind of result in the CL will be overshadowed in case they get relegated at the end of the season, which seems to be a possible scenario, given their current form.

Reactions

Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli: “It is difficult to imagine such a big difference [between the sides] in a Champions League game.

“I am happy with how the game went because we had chances, but disappointed with the result because we deserved more.”

 

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: “We knew they are better than us, they have high quality in possession. We suffered. They showed their quality but we showed our heart. We showed belief and never game up. That makes me satisfied.

“Kasper Schmeichel and everybody had a good game. Kasper saved the penalty and gave lot of support to his defenders.

“For us, it is important to continue to show our performance and our football.”