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Advantage Atlético as Griezmann downs Leicester

Antoine Griezmann converted a first-half penalty as Atlético edged closer to a third semi-final in four seasons but battling Leicester clung on to keep their hopes alive.

See how Griezmann penalty gave Atlético first-leg lead

Antoine Griezmann converted a first-half penalty as Atlético won 1-0 to edge closer to a third UEFA Champions League semi-final in three seasons.

The home side started like a train, leaving Leicester firmly in their tracks. Koke rattled the upright inside four minutes and, with Fernando Torres busy in the attacking third, a goal seemed only a matter of time.

Surprisingly, when it arrived on 28 minutes, it came from a counterattack – less startlingly, Griezmann was the source. With the visitors enjoying a rare attack, the France forward collected the ball deep inside his own half and scampered down the left at searing pace.

Marc Albrighton brought him down and the referee judged that it was in the penalty area. Griezmann duly converted his first penalty of the season (at the fourth attempt).

Atleti were soon in search of another but Leicester battled gamely and their hopes are very much alive ahead of Tuesday's second leg in England.