CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LEICESTER FALL 2-1 AT SEVILLA BUT ARE STILL IN TIE AFTER VARDY STRIKE
JAMIE VARDY finally ended his goal drought to keep the Foxes’ Champions League dream alive.
A vital strike in Seville was his first in 12 hours and 39 minutes — and only his second shot on target THIS YEAR.
It was also the first time he has scored since his son Finley Jaiden was born on January 10.
Boss Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League champs have not scored in the league this year — but Vardy’s strike gave them a precious away goal in this last-16 first leg tie.
And the England striker hailed his first Champions League goal by sucking his thumb in honour of Finley.
Vardy, 30, said: “That celebration was for little Finley.
“He’s probably asleep and didn’t know what was going on — but that was for him.
Pablo Sarabia headed the home side in front midway through the first half after Kasper Schmeichel saved Joaquin Correa’s 13th-minute penalty.
But midfielder Correa did find the net in the second half to leave Leicester’s hopes hanging by a thread before Vardy popped up on 73 minutes.
Keeper Schmeichel said: “It was very tough up against a good side.
“We were hurting and wanted to put in a good display.
“We lost and we’re disappointed — but they’re a very good team and it was a good result.
“That away goal is massive, it was something we hoped we could get, because going back to the King Power anything could happen.
“It’s a joy to play in these games and you can see everyone ran so hard.
“We’re definitely not celebrating. But losing 2-1 away in the Champions League, we’ll take that.”
The second leg is on Tuesday March 14.
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