Kasper Schmeichel put in a man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday night as Leicester City kept themselves in contention for a quarter-final spot in the Champions League.
Claudio Ranieri’s men were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in Spain, but Jamie Vardy’s away goal means that the Foxes still have a good chance of winning the last-16 tie at the King Power Stadium next month.
The striker’s goal was crucial, but it may not have meant as much if Schmeichel had not made some vital saves.
The 30-year-old also stopped Joaquin Correa from finding the back of the net when the Sevilla man was awarded a penalty in the 14th minute.
The Spanish outfit peppered Leicester’s goal with 23 shots and Schmeichel managed to stop seven of them that were on target.
It has been a miserable season for the Premier League champions domestically as they face a relegation battle, but they still have an opportunity to upset the odds and become European winners.
After the match football fans took to Twitter to sing the praises of Schmeichel.
Schmeichel unbelievable 1st half kept us in it #LCFC
— Steve Bowser (@BowserSteve) February 22, 2017
— LCFC Away Days (@lcfcawaydays_) February 22, 2017
— Kev Goldsmith (@MisterGoldsmith) February 22, 2017
Kasper Schmeichel is class – as a keeper and how he comes across in interview. Hope Leicester go on from here…
— Alex Norman (@thenormskii) February 22, 2017
Well done Leicester & well done Schmeichel for keeping them in it 1st half. I didn't expect that result.
— Pete (@LedilaDesign) February 22, 2017
And Kasper Schmeichel is a fantastic man. Always level headed and has been brilliant in Europe this year. And obviously saved us tonight
— James Knight (@MFoxx2) February 22, 2017
How lucky are we to have Schmeichel. Top Top keeper ????????
— Blue_Fox_88 (@Blue_Fox_88) February 22, 2017
Kasper Schmeichel was great today #UCL
— Justin (@Mr_Deason) February 22, 2017
That could have been seven if it wasn't for Schmeichel. How many times does he have to bail out this defence before Ranieri drops them #LCFC
— Mark S (@jennings_182) February 22, 2017
Huge credit to Kasper Schmeichel as per for keeping us in it to begin with. Nice for Vardz to get a CL goal too ????????
— Helen Nutter (@helsy33) February 22, 2017
Tie could've been over at HT – thanks to Schmeichel it wasn't. His contribution shouldn't be forgotten, despite importance of Vardy goal
— Steven Wyeth (@stevenwyeth) February 22, 2017
— Moe Benali (@Moe_Benali) February 22, 2017
— Tejas Nabar (@tejasdmaniac) February 22, 2017
The only reason Leicester are still in this is because of Kasper Schmeichel. #UCL
— Francisco Velasco (@FranciscoEfV) February 22, 2017