Leicester City face UEFA fine for staffer's 'improper conduct'

Griezmann appeared to be still outside the area when he was fouled.

"Atletico are a very good team, their work ethic is exceptional".

"We will be more aggressive in our play going forward and take a couple more chances".

However BBC reporter Phil Mackie said that he witnessed "unprovoked attacks" on supporters by police on the same night, with fans being taken into custody for no obvious reason.

Schmeichel had saved a penalty in each of Leicester's two legs against Sevilla in the last 16 and Griezmann had missed his last four for Atletico, including in last season's Champions League final.

Big Sam did, however, say how he was disappointed with the way they conceded Robert Huth's opening goal: "We fell to the long throw, which we talked about and was very disappointing".

Ateltico's dominance in the opening stages meant that Leicester were living exclusively on the counter attack, much like they were in the first leg against Sevilla, but when Leicester did throw a few numbers forward, it left spaces for Atletico to spring counter attacks as well.

Some away fans did buy tickets in the home ends of the Vicente Calderon while Atletico also had a neutral zone at the stadium.

However, Griezmann sent the Dane the wrong way from the spot to register his 24th goal of the season.

Player ratingsAtletico: Jan Oblak 7, Juanfran 7, Stefan Savic 7, Diego Godin 7, Filipe Luis 7, Gabi 7, Koke 8, Saul Niguez 7, Yannick Carrasco 7, Fernando Torres 6, Antoine Griezmann 8. First we have to face well the match on Saturday [at home to Osasuna in LaLiga] and then tie is at 50-50.

'We were always on the tightrope with people like Robert because he's a very competitive centre-half'.

Craig Shakespeare is adamant the offence was a "genuine mistake, nothing sinister" and insisted that Joel was simply passing water to Marc Albrighton, who was suffering from stomach cramps during the game. "I do think it was one of the major decisions in the game. You can't guess. It is a definite free-kick but outside the box".

The penalty came as fans were still loudly celebrating the announcement that Bayern Munich had just opened the scoring against city rival Real Madrid in Germany.

BBC presenter Gary Lineker, a Leicester City fan and former Foxes player, tweeted: "Just saw the footage of some Leicester fans behaving despicably in Madrid".

With the result, Atletico increased their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine games.

The direct approach that brought both goals will have been noted by Atletico scouts - but so will the way Palace fought back for a point through second-half goals from Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke. It's a good win for us but the second leg will be hard.

  • Julie Sanders