Jamie Vardy scored in vain as
Seeking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit,
But despite heavy
Their exit brings to an end a golden adventure, sparked by last season’s stunning Premier League title win.
Having successfully staved off the threat of relegation under new manager Craig Shakespeare, the rest of their season now holds nothing more than a return to pre-title normality.
It is the third time Atletico have eliminated
Beaten by city foes Real Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 finals, Diego Simeone’s side can continue to dream that this will be the year they finally end their wait for European football’s biggest prize.
They defended with their customary tenacity, while two dangerous crosses from Yannick Carrasco – preferred up front to the fit-again Kevin Gameiro – demonstrated their threat on the counter.
It was just as Leicester were threatening to make inroads, Shinji Okazaki stabbing wide at the near post from Vardy’s cross, that the visitors tightened their grip on the tie.
Filipe Luis was given space to shape a cross into the box from the left, and the unmarked Saul expertly guided a header past Kasper Schmeichel’s outstretched right hand and into the bottom-left corner.
Riyad Mahrez volleyed straight at Jan Oblak at the other end after Marc Albrighton’s cross was headed away, but it was the voices of the away fans that rang loudest as the halftime whistle sounded.
The second half brought with it drastic changes for the hosts, with Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa replacing Yohan Benalouane and
Antoine Griezmann gave them a scare with an early dart into the box, but Atletico soon found themselves on the back foot.
After Chilwell had thrashed over,
The final half-hour was one-way traffic, but Atletico repelled everything
Ulloa and Vardy both had shots blocked, while Vardy’s flick was caught by Oblak and Mahrez whipped a free-kick narrowly over the bar.
Captain Wes Morgan, passed fit to play after six games out with a back problem, succumbed to injury late on, symbolically hobbling off as Leicester’s European dream faded away.