Leicester winger Albrighton: Ref cost us at Atletico Madrid

The 24-year-old is playing some of the finest football of his career prompting transfer rumours

The 24-year-old is playing some of the finest football of his career prompting transfer rumours

His side head to Selhurst Park today still licking their wounds after Antoine Griezmann's controversial penalty gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

The French worldwide put his previous penalty demons behind him to convert from the spot and put Atletico in the driving seat for a third semi-final in four seasons.

"We are still alive", Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said.

"I think there are people deciding that and it could only be good for the game", Albrighton said of VAR. "It's a free-kick, it's a definite free-kick, but it's outside the box".

Simeone's side look set to battle Sevilla for the last automatic Champions League qualifying spot and the Argentine will demand all he can from his players, while hoping the fans can play their part.

"Maybe we lacked a clinical finish", said the Argentine.

Leicester stayed tight at the back and although Atletico dominated possession, they could not create any more clear-cut chances in the first half.

But the defender was booked minutes later when he clipped Koke and will now be banned for the second leg.

Earlier, Spanish police said they detained eight Leicester fans for public disorder on Tuesday night after authorities said they disrespected officers and caused problems.

Nonetheless, that 28th minute strike from the France global was the difference between the two sides at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday, and although Diego Simeone's men dominated for large periods, they only have the one goal to show for it.

Leicester struggled from the start and never threatened Atletico at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, finishing the game with no attempts on target.

Footage posted online showed a group of officers being targeted with missiles and fans chanting "Gibraltar is ours" in the Plaza Major, where Leicester's fans were told they could congregate.

Official Eriksson awarded the penalty when Albrighton brought down France forward Griezmann - despite the offence taking place outside the box. Griezmann dispatched his effort coolly to notch his 24th goal of the season.

Leicester have the chance to make amends and extend their incredible European run when they host Atletico in the second leg on Tuesday. We had a light session on Thursday and I need to see what the injury situation is.

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