Griezmann gives Atletico slender Leicester lead
Antoine Griezmann's penalty handed Atletico Madrid a slender 1-0 advantage over Leicester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
In a game of very few chances, Griezmann proved decisive as it was he who also won the penalty with a lung-busting run from well inside his own half before being brought down by Marc Albrighton midway through the first half.
The French international put his previous penalty demons behind him to convert from the spot and put Atletico in the driving seat for a third semi-final in four seasons.
However, Leicester still have reason to believe their dream run on their first appearance in the Champions League can continue when the sides meet again on April 18. And manager Craig Shakespeare claimed his side were undone by referee Jonas Eriksson as he believed Griezmann was fouled outside the area. "I think we were hard done by," said Shakespeare.
"I think it is one of the major decisions in the game. It is a definite foul but it is outside the box." Atletico coach Diego Simeone lamented his side's inability to kill the tie, but lauded Leicester's defensive effort. The behaviour of Leicester's travelling fans was in the spotlight after 10 were arrested in violent clashes with police on Tuesday night and on Wednesday before kick-off. However, the 3,000 travelling supporters high in the rafters of the Calderon were largely silenced by Atletico's dominance of the match. Unusually for Simeone's men they were in almost complete control of possession, but largely limited to shots from long range. Leicester had been enjoying their best spell of the half when suddenly they were caught short-handed at the back on 27 minutes. Griezmann collected the ball outside his own area and ran to just inside the Leicester box before being crudely barged over by Albrighton. Griezmann sent the Dane the wrong way from the spot to register his 24th goal of the season.
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