Griezmann scores from spot as Atletico beats Leicester 1-0

Antoine Griezmann converted a first-half penalty kick to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Leicester in their first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, keeping the Spanish club on track to make it to the final for a second straight season.

Griezmann coolly scored from the spot in the 28th minute by sending goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way with a firm strike into the left corner.

The penalty came after Griezmann was clipped by Leicester defender Marc Albrighton after making a long run down the left flank. Leicester players claimed Griezmann was still outside the area when he was fouled.

Diego Simeone's Atletico is trying to reach the semifinals for the third time in four seasons, while Leicester — the surprise Premier League winner last season — is looking to make another stunning title run in its debut in the Champions League.

The second leg is Tuesday in England.