0304 hrs IST: FULL TIME! It has finished 2-1 for Sevilla against Leicester City. Not the result Sevilla would have hoped for but Leicester would be happy with the away goal and the outcome considering a poor first half. In the other game, 114 seconds of goals have Juventus firmly in control of the tie.
0302 hrs IST: Three minutes added on after the 90 minutes.
0300 hrs IST: OFF THE WOODWORK! Rami is on the end of a Sarabia corner and the header is off the top of the crossbar even as Schmeichel leaps fully
0259 hrs IST: Second change for Leicester as Daniel Amartey goes off, very slowly, to allow Marc Albrighton to run off into the area to defend a corner.
0257 hrs IST: Gray goes across on a lung-bursting run for Leicester City that starts from their own edge of the area and the England junior international is capable of those but his run is stopped with a strong defensive effort. Plenty of promise in that but doesn’t come to anything
0255 hrs IST: STATS AFTER THAT VARDY GOAL:
380 – Jamie Vardy scored with his first shot on target in 380 minutes for Leicester
748 – Jamie Vardy has scored his first goal in 748 minutes of football across all competitions
0249 hrs IST: Meanwhile in Portugal, the floodgates have opened. Two goals in three minutes has Juventus in the lead and with two away goals as well. First there is Pjaca with the goal and now Dani Alves. Alex Sandro’s cross picks out Dani Alves. He chests down and stabs the ball home to double Juventus’ lead.
0247 hrs IST: With that Rico’s run of not conceding in over six hours of football comes to an end.
0246 hrs IST: GOAL!! Finally something for the travelling fans to cheer about. Danny Drinkwater with a low cross from the left and Jamie Vardy gets there ahead of Sergio Rico to slot it in and his duck in the Champions League is broken. Leicester have an away goal!
0233 hrs IST: GOAL!! As Leicester look for the equaliser, Correa scores to double Sevilla’s advantage. Jovetic with the precision to control a long ball and draw two defenders, but with nowhere to go, he passes to Correa and he is on hand to score past Schmeichel and compound Foxes’ worries even further
0230 hrs IST: First change for Leicester City too as Demarai Gray comes on to replace Ahmed Musa. It is 58 minutes placed and 1-0 to Sevilla
0227 hrs IST: Clement Lenglet is injured for Sevilla and that forces the first change for the Spaniards as Daniel Carriço comes in as a substitute for the debutant.
0225 hrs IST: SEVILLA HIT THE WOODWORK! From the most acute of angles Vitolo manages to squeeze the ball between Schmeichel and his near post, with the ball dribbling across the line and out to the right touchline.
0219 hrs IST: Second half underway in both games. Leicester City start with some positive intent as Vardy closes down Sergio Rico quickly and then Ahmed Musa has a go from distance but it is rather woeful in the end and goes away from the target rather tamely. Now Riyad Mahrez with some nifty and quick feet movement to try and put in a cross but it is blocked and falls into Rico’s hands easily. Here’s Ndidi with a shot from distance and it is right down Rico’s through. Sweetly struck volley from straight down the middle
0202 hrs IST: HALF TIME! It is half time in both games in Spain and Portugal. Sevilla go into the break with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Pablo Sarabia header and prior to that a Correa missed penalty. In Portugal, it is 0-0 between Porto and Juventus with Alex Tellas sent off for a second bookable offence in two minutes
0201 hrs IST: With a minute added on, Sevilla have a chance to double the advantage but Vitolo heads it over.
0154 hrs IST: Juventus dominating possession and playing plenty of the game in the Porto half but the stat that matters remains unchanged since the start. It is 0-0 on the giant screen with 40 minutes played
0152 hrs IST: Correa tests Schmeichel from distance and it is 1-0 to Sevilla after 37 minutes played in Spain. Kasper’s unbeaten run of 385 minutes without conceding in Europe coming to an end earlier courtesy that Sarabia headed goal.
0143 hrs IST: In Portugal, things have become miserable already for Porto. Alex Telles has picked up his second yellow card and is sent off
0140 hrs IST: GOAL! It has taken 25 minutes but Sevilla have the lead! Cross from the left by Escudero and Pablo Sarabia is unmarked inside the box to head it in off the post. Sends it across Schmeichel and the Leicester goalkeeper stands no chance in stopping that. Sensational cross that.
0128 hrs IST: Correa goes down inside the box with Wes Morgan making a last ditch lunge to defend but it results in a PENALTY! Correa steps up to take it and it is in Schmeichel’s hands. Leicester keeper moves to his right and smothers it to save it. Stays 0-0!
0122 hrs IST: Nearly comedy of errors results in the first goal of the night. Fuchs tries to head the ball behind to Schmeichel but the Dane is moving away from the ball and has to readjust his footing at the last second. He’s none too pleased about that defensive job.
0118 hrs IST: Fuchs has a go from distance but the effort is always going over. Early attempt to get some quick advantage but nothing yet. At the other end, the Leicester defenders stand back as Pablo Sarabia has a left footed whack from distance himself with the effort hitting the top of the net and then going into the crowd.
0115 hrs IST: KICK OFF! Sevilla get the game going against Leicester.
0113 hrs IST: Incredible atmosphere at Sanchez Pizjuan as always – plenty of noise, plenty of fireworks before the game outside the stadium. Can Sevilla players replicate that on the field of play? They’re on and kick-off is not far off!
0107 hrs IST: In a big result from La Liga, Valencia have beaten Real Madrid 2-1 in a well contested game. Big defensive effort from Valencia in the second half to hold off wave after wave of Real Madrid attacks and they’ve stood strong in the end. A big three points for them and the game in hand for Madrid has seen a loss. That makes things mighty interesting in the race for the Spanish league title.
0055 hrs IST: Recent result coming into the game for both teams:
Sevilla beat Eibar 2-0 with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Vitolo. For Leicester, it was a demoralising 1-0 defeat away to Milwall in the FA Cup to crash out of the domestic competition.
0042 hrs IST: Ranieri before the game: “When you play in the UEFA Champions League, players are always focused. We’re underdogs, but we’re strong and want to show our football.”
0041 hrs IST: Some stats as we wait for kick-off:
23 – Sevilla have not lost any of their last seven home games, scoring 23 goals in the process
289 – Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico has not conceded a goal in 289 minutes of football
0025 hrs IST: All done in the Europa League games. No more goals added from the last update. Manchester United through to last-16 with a 4-0 win on aggregate. Schalke and Krasnodar join them in moving forward
0021 hrs IST: Starting lineups (Porto vs Juventus)
Porto: Casillas – Pereira, Marcano, Felipe, Telles – Danilo, Neves, Herrera, Brahimi – Soares, Silva
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain
0017 hrs IST: Starting lineups (Sevilla vs Leicester City)
Sevilla: Sergio Rico; Mariano, Lenglet, Rami, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Nasri; Sarabia, Correa, Vitolo; Jovetic.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Musa, Mahrez, Vardy
0012 hrs IST: Meanwhile plenty of football in Europe tonight with an hour until kick-off in the Champions League. Nearing full time in the second leg of Europa League where Manchester United are on the verge of moving forward. They lead 1-0 against St. Etienne with a goal by Henrik Mkhitaryan and are 4-0 up on aggregate. In the other two games, Fenerbahce and Krasnodar are 1-1 with the Russian side leading 2-1 on aggregate; Schalke and PAOK Thessaloniki FC are 1-1 on the night too but the German side are 4-1 ahead on aggregate. In league football, Real Madrid went down 2-0 in the first ten minutes to Valencia, as Simone Zazza scored a peach of a goal, before Cristiano Ronaldo draw them back with the game at half time right now.
0010 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League. Today’s action sees Sevilla host Leicester City and Juventus travel to Porto. Last night we saw an astonishing 14 goals with Manchester City beating Monaco 5-3 and Bayer Leverkusen going down 2-4 to Atletico Madrid. I would eat my hat if we have the same flurry of goals happen once again tonight.
Things are going incredibly woefully for the English Premier League champions Leicester City. They are languishing near the drop zone in the league, were sent out of the FA Cup over the weekend and to make matters even worse, they are finding it tough to find the back of the net. They’ve been unable to find the goal in the last six of eight games with just five goals coming in this process – both against Derby County. Their opponents tonight – Sevilla are trying to replicate their heroics of Europa League into the Champions League. After three straight Europa League titles, they are hoping to make the quarterfinals with a good start at Sanchez Pizjuan.
In the other game on the night, two giants of European football and behemoths of their respective nations come together in what is likely to be a cagey affair. Porto host Juventus and that will also see another meeting of the goalkeeping legends Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon.
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