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Ndidi Makes UCL Debut As Leicester Peg Back Sevilla

Ndidi Makes UCL Debut As Leicester Peg Back Sevilla

By James Agberebi:

Nigerian duo Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa were in action for Leicester City who lost 2-1 to Sevilla in their first leg, round 16 UEFA Champions League clash in Spain on Wednesday night.

It was Ndidi's debut in the Champions League for Leicester, while Musa was replaced by Demarai Gray on 58 minutes.

Pablo Sarabia put Sevilla in the lead in the 25th minute after heading in Sergio Escudero's cross.

Joaquin Correa doubled Sevilla's lead on 62 minutes, hitting the ball on to the roof of the net after good hold-up play by Stevan Jovetic.

Leicester got a lifeline in the 73rd minute as Jamie Vardy got to Danny Drinkwater's low cross to make it 2-1.

Kasper Schmeichel who was outstanding for Leicester made a 14th minute penalty save off Correa.

The win was Sevilla's second against an English team in five Champions League clashes, their only win coming against Arsenal at home in November 2007.

In Portugal also on Wednesday night, Juventus defeated 10-man FC Porto 2-0.

Marko Pjaca gave Juventus the lead on 72 minutes before former Barcelona defender Daniel Alves made it 2-0 on 74 minutes.

Porto were reduced to 10 men in the 27th minute following the sending off of Alex Telles.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 1
  • Leicester will not qualify for the q-final of the Champions league. Not that I wish them bad, but I am judging from their display yesterday. They were just too ordinary that I wonder how they even manage to score that goal. I predicted 5-0 home&away for Sevilla, aggregate 10-0. Even with the 2-1 score line, I am convinced Sevilla will quàlify for the q-final. Of course anything can happen in football. Musa should not start the 2nd leg at all, even from the bench. He should not be part of the 2nd leg. I was ashame of his play and yet he is Super Eagles’ vice-captain and one time captain during the Sunday Oliseh era. Morgan and Huth are past their active era and they should be replaced as a matter of urgency whether they are relegated or they manage to stay in the EPL. This weekend match vs Liverpool will define if they will be relegated. All been said, if Leicester quàlify for the q-final at the expense of Sevilla, it should enter the record books as one of football unusual miracles. Then the fairy tale should continue till the Champions league trophy is lifted. I wish them this, sincerely speaking, but “if wishes were horses, Leicester will ride” on to the finals and beyond.