By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was in action for 90 minutes on Tuesday night as Leicester City reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League at the King Power Stadium after their 2-0 win in the round of 16, second leg match of the competition, advancing 3-2 on aggregate.
Nigeria star Ahmed Musa unlike his compatriot was however not listed to face the Spaniards. Musa played in four of Leicester’s six matches in the group stages and was in action for 58 minutes when the Foxes lost the first leg of the Round of 16 fixtures.
Captain Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton got Leicester’s goals, while Samir Nasir was sent off for Sevilla.
Leicester were the underdogs but sensed a real opportunity to pull off a major upset on the night following their 2-1 away defeat in Seville, but it was Sevilla who first threatened.
Nasri received a precise pass in the fourth minute and was given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the bottom right corner. Kasper Schmeichel guessed his intention and denied him with a fine save.
Nasri was booked in the 18th minute by referee Daniele Orsato for a cynical tackle on Ndidi before an altercation with Vardy led to the Frenchman’s dismissal.
Morgan scored in the 27th minute to make it 2-2 on aggregate. A cross from the freekick was whipped deep into the box by Riyad Mahrez and skipper Wes Morgan was available to shoot the ball into the bottom right corner.
Albrighton made it 2-0 in the 54th minute while Kasper Schmeichel saved Steven Nzozi’s penalty in the second half much to the delight of his father and Manchester United legend, Peter, who was in the crowd watching.
Ndidi, who was one of the best players on the night, was yellow-carded in the 84th minute for dangerous play with his elbow.
At the Juventus stadium in Turin, Maximiliano Allegri led Juventus to reach the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win. The Old Lady had won the first leg 2-0.
Porto had been victorious in just two of four away Champions League games this season but could not conjur the result away to qualify for the next round.
Paulo Dybala converted a 42nd minute penalty after Porto right-back Maxi Pereira controversially handled the ball in the box and was sent off.
Both sides did not score in the second half but created chances which were not converted.