TV replays showed Marc Albrighton clipped Antoine Griezmann OUTSIDE the box
BATTLING Leicester were floored by a ‘penalty’ that never was.
TV replays showed Marc Albrighton clipped Antoine Griezmann OUTSIDE the box to hand the Spanish side a first-leg winner from the spot.
Skipper Kasper Schmeichel said: “It was never a penalty — that was so clear and so obvious.”
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But Craig Shakespeare and his brave Foxes will square up in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final return at the King Power with only a goal to overturn.
Schmeichel added: “It ruined our gameplan.
“It’s a decision that was very tough to take when it is so clear and so obvious.
“We made a challenge outside the box. They might have scored from outside the box, but there was more chance with a penalty.”
Last night’s flashpoint in the Vicente Calderon stadium came in the 28th minute when Albrighton tangled with Atletico star Griezmann.
The flying French striker fell inside the 18-yard box but the initial contact was outside.
Swedish ref Jonas Eriksson immediately pointed to the spot despite Leicester protests and Manchester United target Griezmann coolly sent Schmeichel the wrong way.
Boss Shakespeare said: “We would probably have taken 1-0 before the game. We have got a good home record and the tie is still alive.
“It’s a key moment in the game and a really disappointing decision.
“You cannot guess on those. It’s the key decisions that you want correct. It is a foul — but outside the box.”
Midfielder Andy King said: “To come here and still be in the game was the main objective.
“We know we are strong at home and I’m sure we can cause them problems there.”
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand said: “When you slow it down it looks outside.
“But I just think Albrighton is at fault for giving the referee an opportunity to make a mistake.
“Show him down the line, show him out of play, he didn’t need to make the tackle. Rash, naive, inexperienced at this level.
“These players at this level are waiting for that challenge. As soon as there is contact they go down. It’s a moment of madness.”
Leicester also had claims for their own penalty waved away in the second half as Riyad Mahrez tumbled in the area.
Club skipper Wes Morgan was injured for last night’s tie and the Foxes will now also be without his centre-half partner Robert Huth for the second leg after a yellow card.
Shakespeare added: “I’ve just told Wes Morgan that when we get back to the hotel he’s getting his kit on and we’re going to the gym!”
Schmeichel said: “Yeah, there were a few yellows knocking about so he’ll be a big miss.
“He is a top-class defender, and showed that all the way through the game.”
Foxes’ first-team sports scientist Tom Joel was sent to the stands after handing out energy drinks to the players in front of the Atletico bench.