Antoine Griezmann scores controversial penalty to defeat Leicester

Rachel Hardy
April 14, 2017

Atletico ran out 1-0 winners in Wednesday's game thanks to a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty, with referee Jonas Eriksson awarding a spot kick despite Griezmann appearing to be fouled by Marc Albrighton outside the area. Speaking during his post-match press conference, Shakespeare admitted the decision was a hard one to take.

"I've just told him in there that when we get back to the hotel, he's getting his kit on, going to the gym and making sure he does a session", he said. Vardy and Riyad Mahrez likely will come off the bench at Selhurst Park if they are used at all, and there could be changes throughout the lineup that will make Saturday's starting XI look markedly different from the one that put forth a game effort Wednesday. It's a definite free-kick but it's out of the box.

Leicester were beaten 2-1 away at Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 tie but earned a 2-0 victory in the second leg to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Andy King's introduction at the halftime interval did seem to spark some life into Leicester's attack, but they still didn't create too many clear-cut chances.

"The second leg? I think they'll have more of the ball and take more risks, so we'll have to be ideal defensively". We know that. But it's the key decisions that you want correct.

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A Leicester spokesman said: "We are working with UEFA and the local authorities to establish the full facts of what took place and the reasons for the police response".

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare says his team were let down by a poor refereeing decision in their loss to Atletico.

The home side weren't looking to slow down with the Vicente Calderón behind them, and came close again moments later.

Replays showed contact was made outside the box but Griezmann duly stepped up to send Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way. Indeed, they've lost four of their last six Champions League away knockout games since 2014/15 and while they faced the likes of Bayern and Barca in that time, we're looking to take them on at the prices. I don't believe anyone we work with believes we're already in the semifinals.

"They have some big players out, the pressure of playing league games at the end of the season, these are the challenges you face at this stage of the competition".

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