Atletico coach Simeone pays tribute to dogged Leicester

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The English champs went out with their heads held high however, against a crack Spanish outfit who are now gunning for their third final in four years.

The visitors produced a textbook display for the first hour, controlling the game, before Vardy smashed in from close range after Ben Chilwell's shot was blocked.

Speaking to his club's official website, the World Cup-winner said: "The team were fearless, they wanted to win, they absolutely wanted to advance to the next round".

"We have got to finish the season strong and see what happens".

Jamie Vardy does what he always seems to do, and poached a goal in the 61 minute to give Leicester hope of writing another chapter in that fairytale, but it was not to be.

Every single Champions League semi-final game will be shown on BT Sport on TV, as well as on BTSport.com and the BT Sport app. However, Leicester themselves threatened on the break, with Shinji Okazaki firing over from a Riyad Mahrez pass.

Real boss Zidane said: "We played 120 minutes and in the end some players have finished a bit worse for wear".

Vardy's goal was no more than they deserved and for a time they had Atletico rocking, giving the King Power Stadium belief that another miracle was on the cards.

Asked what it will take for Atletico to finally win the tournament, Simeone replied: "We're just going to keep trying and trying and trying and trying".

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"Now we need to concentrate on the rest of the season, hopefully finishing on a high note, and then next season we need to dust ourselves off and look forward again".

The King Power has proved to be the flawless environment for Leicester City's Champions League adventure - and so it proved once more here.

Saul's header proved crucial though as Diego Simeone's side - beaten finalists in two of the last three years - squeezed into the semi-finals in search of their maiden Champions League crown. However, they were unable to make any further breakthroughs.

Atletico have battled their way to two of the last three Champions League finals.

He said: "I have to say what a great performance from Leicester, it was a pleasure to compete against them".

Despite having plenty of chances, they were unable to find a second goal and the tie end 1-1 on the night (2-1 to Madrid on aggregate), ending a sparkling run for the Foxes who had briefly threatened to dethrone Europe's elite.

"We left everything out there, and we needed to".

"I'm full of emotion and pride at the performance of my team", said Simeone. "I don't like to praise too much but we responded and played in the way we needed to".

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