Champions League: Shocking stat shows just how ineffectual Jamie Vardy was in defeat to Atletico Madrid

Ollie Knight
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​Leicester City put in a spirited display against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night, coming away from the Vicente Calderon with just a one goal deficit going into next Tuesday's second-leg. But it was a night to forget for Foxes striker Jamie Vardy, who in spite of his side's superb rearguard display ​failed to complete a single pass over 90 minutes. The 30-year-old did look dangerous on the counter-attack, testing Atletico's defence with his pace...

​Leicester City put in a spirited display against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night, coming away from the Vicente Calderon with just a one goal deficit going into next Tuesday's second-leg.

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But it was a night to forget for Foxes striker Jamie Vardy, who in spite of his side's superb rearguard display ​failed to complete a single pass over 90 minutes.

The 30-year-old did look dangerous on the counter-attack, testing Atletico's defence with his pace in-behind, only to fall short when the ball was at his feet.

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A first-half Antoine Griezmann goal, scored after a contentious penalty decision, was enough to swing the pendulum in the hosts' favour, but the tie is far from over against the side who knocked Sevilla out of the competition last round.

Vardy was eventually withdrawn 12 minutes from the end for Algerian striker Islam Slimani, who equally struggled to threaten Atletico's sturdy defence.

​​​​​Spanish newspaper AS hounded the England striker for his performance, giving him as well as Riyad Mahrez a 0/3 rating in their review of the match on Thursday morning.


Before facing Atletico in the second-leg next week Craig Shakespare's Leicester must travel to Selhurst Park in the Premier League to face a confident Crystal Palace team who beat Arsenal 3-0 on Monday night.

A win for Leicester, who are eight points above the drop-zone, is expected to be enough to see them avoid relegation this season.


Club Atletico de Madrid v Leicester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg
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