Kasper Schmeichel keeps Leicester City in it but Ahmed Musa flops
Leicester City rode their luck in Seville, but a resurgent second-half display saw Jamie Vardy score a vital away goal to give the Foxes a real chance of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals. The 2-1 loss at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan certainly felt like a victory.
Leicester recovered superbly from a shaky first half in which they were lucky not to fall three or four goals down. Vardy also scored for the first time in the Champions League ending a 12-hour drought.
Leicester needed to go two down just to wake up. For an hour, the back four looked in disarray. The Foxes gave Sevilla too much respect and as soon as they ventured forward, and pressed a little harder, they not only got the away goal but made the hosts rethink their high-line. The Foxes can't allow the Spanish side to boss the midfield quite so easily in the second leg.
Manager rating out of 10
5 -- Ranieri's 4-2-3-1 formation didn't work. Riyad Mahrez had no impact down the middle and Ahmed Musa was out of sorts all night. It was too big a game to trial such an untested system. The Italian realised this at the break and once he brought on Demarai Gray, City looked more balanced. Ranieri should have also put the feud between himself and wantaway striker Leonardo Ulloa behind him and utilised the Argentine in some capacity. It was a match screaming for a striker who could hold up the ball.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Kasper Schmeichel, 9 -- Leicester's man-of-the-match and most vocal leader. Made a string of top draw saves and kept out Joaquin Correa's tame penalty.
DF Danny Simpson, 7 -- Leicester's best defender, but was let down by a lack of support by City's other right-sided players.
DF Robert Huth, 5 -- Had two chances to clear the ball before Sevilla's first goal, including a poor header which he should have got more distance on.
DF Wes Morgan, 5 -- Put in a careless challenge for Sevilla's penalty and looked like a deer in headlights for much of the first half. Improved after the break.
DF Christian Fuchs, 6 -- Caused problems with his long throw and blazed an early effort over the bar, but looked susceptible at the back.
MF Wilfred Ndidi, 7 -- Went about his business quietly yet effectively. Extremely tenacious in the second half and unlucky that his well hit volley went straight at Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico.
MF Danny Drinkwater, 6 -- Delivered a delightful cross for Vardy's goal, redeeming an otherwise abject performance.
MF Ahmed Musa, 4 -- Deployed as a right midfielder in a move that backfired. Didn't track back for the opening goal and failed to make his pace tell. Had one promising run, but simply carried the ball out of play following a heavy touch.
MF Riyad Mahrez, 6 -- Only really came to life in the final 20 minutes, but should have a more telling role to play in the second leg.
MF Marc Albrighton, 6 -- Didn't see too much of the ball and found himself mostly defending. Worked his socks off but never looked a threat.
FW Jamie Vardy, 7 -- Scored a typical Vardy goal from last season with his only meaningful chance. Hopefully it's the start of a scoring spree, but if that's to happen he still needs more touches in the box.
DF Demarai Gray, 7 -- Can feel hard done by not to have started and certainly gave City a spark from the bench.
MF Daniel Amartey, N/R -- Made a late cameo as City turned to a three-man central midfield in order to protect a one-goal deficit ahead of the second leg next month.
Ben Jacobs is ESPN FC's Leicester City blogger. Follow him on Twitter @JacobsBen.