Atletico had conceded only four goals in the Champions League this season prior to Tuesday's game but conceded the fifth to Leicester in the 61st minute when Vardy fired the rebound into the roof of the net after the ball broke to him in the box after Benjamin Chilwell's shot was blocked by a defender.
"I'm full of emotions, full of pride for the performance of my team". Instead, the quarterfinal second leg provided a snapshot of the kind of resolve that stirred a remarkable chapter in the history of Leicester City.
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Leicester: Jamie Vardy scored in vain as Leicester City's Champions League fairytale came to a valiant end following a 1-1 quarter-final draw at home to Atletico Madrid. "They had a few blocks on the line".
"What a great performance from our competitors tonight".
"But I have to say what a great performance from Leicester, it was nearly a pleasure to compete against then". They never let their heads drop.
Leicester had hopes to become the competition's first debutant semi-finalists since Villarreal in 2006, but they were unable to engineer a repeat of their last-16 triumph against Sevilla. "We were living in fear all night and they pushed us all the way". [Leonardo] Ulloa did a great job in the area.
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"What they did really well when they went to a three is they managed to get a lot of people down the wings and get crosses in". This season is ending with a more modest target: Survival.
"But from a sporting point of view we are definitely competitive".
Leicester made two changes for the second half as Shinji Okazaki and Yohan Benalouane were replaced by Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa.
A closely-contested game saw Atleti control the opening stages, before Leicester came out fighting in the second half, ultimately enjoying more of the ball and nearly twice as many shots on goal as the visitors.
Whether Leicester returns to the competition in the near future appears unlikely.
"It is great to be in the semi-finals for the third time in four years". On the basis of that improbable and rapid climb, little will seem impossible for the years or generations to come at Leicester.
"The whole club, from the supporters to the players to the owners can be immensely proud, but I've just said to the players that they should want more of this and they've agreed that that's what they want". The enchanting exploits they produced on the field, will live on.