Soccer

Leicester beats Sevilla 2-0, makes Champions League quarters

  • Leicester's Wes Morgan, second left, celebrates with team mates after he scores a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Leicester City and Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Leicester's Wes Morgan, second left, celebrates with team mates after he scores a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Leicester City and Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leicester's Wes Morgan celebrates after he scores a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Leicester City and Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Leicester's Wes Morgan celebrates after he scores a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Leicester City and Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leicester's Marc Albrighton celebrates after he scores a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Leicester City and Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Leicester's Marc Albrighton celebrates after he scores a goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Leicester City and Sevilla at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)  (The Associated Press)

The fairytale rise of Leicester touched new heights on Tuesday when the English champion reached the Champions League quarterfinals with a 2-0 home win over Sevilla.

Leicester's 2-1 deficit from the first leg in southern Spain was turned into a 3-2 victory on aggregate at an atmospheric King Power Stadium thanks to Wes Morgan's close-range strike in the 27th minute and Marc Albrighton's goal in the 54th.

Sevilla, which had playmaker Samir Nasri sent off in the 74th minute for collecting a second booking for a headbutt, would have taken the game to extra time if Steven N'Zonzi had converted a penalty in the 79th. Instead, it was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, who made amends for giving away the spot kick.

Exactly two years ago, Leicester was in last place in the Premier League after a 0-0 home draw with Hull.

Now, as the unlikely champion of England after winning last season's Premier League at odds of 5,000-1, the previously unheralded club from central England can look forward to being involved in Friday's quarterfinals draw in the Champions League with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.

Juventus eliminated FC Porto in Tuesday's other game.

It was a sorry night for Sevilla and its frustrated coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was sent to the stands in the closing stages for complaining to the match officials. The Spanish side was looking to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time but couldn't match the intensity of the home side.

As for Leicester, life just gets better in its first season in Europe's top club competition. This was its third straight win since last season's title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri was fired, with the team fighting a relegation battle in its Premier League title defense.

Craig Shakespeare is Leicester's new coach and he has the chance to orchestrate another miracle.

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Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80