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Leicester had done nothing. Nothing to worry Sevilla. Nothing to suggest they had a hope in the replay. Nothing to indicate this Champions League season was to be anything other than a pleasant diversion, a collection of souvenirs on the shelf to remind of better days.

And then the most unusual thing happened. Jamie Vardy scored. Remember when that statement did not cause surprise? Remember when he used to do it for fun? Well, briefly, it was just like old times. Demarai Gray, who made a huge impact as a second-half substitute for fish out of water Ahmed Musa, worked the ball through to Danny Drinkwater on the left, he whipped it in, and there was Vardy – all movement and poacher’s instinct, to put it beyond goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

The La Liga title race has been thrown wide open after Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Valencia at the Mestalla.

This was the chance for Real Madrid to go four points clear of Barcelona in the first of two games in hand but they fell behind early when Simone Zaza scored after just five minutes.

And what a goal it was. Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves launched his team first real attack down the right and Munir El Haddadi crossed for Zaza, who made light of having his back to goal and Raphael Varane for close company by spinning 180 degrees and firing into Keylor Navas’ top right-hand corner in one movement.

For years, Barcelona has been a club marked by a very clear approach to the game of football, defined by an academy program that has produced some of the best players in the world over the last 15 years.

But on Sunday, Barcelona’s starting XI away to Leganes contained only one Spanish born player (Sergi Roberto), for the first time in their 118-year history.

What happened to the famed La Masia’s production line that produced the likes of Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi?

Sevilla coach Jorge SampaoliSevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli is keeping quiet over a potential summer switch to Barcelona. The Argentine has impressed since taking charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last summer, with his side sitting third in La Liga, just three points off leaders Real Madrid.

Barca were humbled in midweek, thrashed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain, and most Barca fans expect that Luis Enrique will walk way from the club at the end of the season when his contract runs out.

Sampaoli leads his side into Champions League last-16 action against Leicester this coming week, and the ex-Chile boss has been mentioned as a potential successor, with some members of the Camp Nou hierarchy having pinpointed him as the No.1 choice.

Lionel Messi PricelessLionel Messi saved Barcelona from an embarrassing draw against fourth from bottom Leganes but he could not save Luis Enrique from very audible signs of unrest at the Nou Camp.

Messi buried an 89th minute penalty after Neymar had been brought down by Leganes defender Martin Mantovani and the win keeps them a point behind Real Madrid having played two more games.

But the stuttering manner of the victory again a team playing their first ever league game in the Nou Camp heaped more pressure on the under-fire coach still feeling the shockwaves of the midweek hammering at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

Gareth Bale is already ‘flying’ on his Real Madrid return after the Welshman made a stunning impact off the bench for Zinedine Zidane’s team.

Bale came on against Espanyol in the 71st minute and made his mark in the 83rd with a superbly well-taken goal rounding off a counter attack.

The former Tottenham man had been out since November with an injury to his ankle and the Spanish press heaped praise on the rapid forward for his immediate impact.

Marca ran the headline ‘flying’ with a picture of Bale leaping into the air in celebration. The Madrid publication focused on the Cardiff man as the hero from Zidane’s side’s 2-0 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo has endured his longest Champions League goal drought at Real Madrid having failed to score in the competition for 523 minutes.

The talisman has scored just two goals in this season’s Champions League, in Real’s first two group games against Sporting Lisbon and Borussia Dortmund and his barren run was extended on Wednesday night.

Ronaldo failed to score in Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Napoli in the last 16 and has now gone over 500 minutes without finding the net in Europe’s elite competition.

The Portuguese will be desperate to score when Real travel to Italy for the second leg on March 7.

Zinedine Zidane will not risk Gareth Bale against Napoli as the Welsh star continues to make his comeback after a three-month lay-off.

Bale has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in the Champions League group game against Sporting back in November but returned to first team training over the weekend.

This season Real are bidding for a 12th European title and take on Napoli in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday. Boss Zinedine Zidane oversaw training on Tuesday in Madrid, with Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo – who missed Monday’s session – both taking part.

Barcelona manager Luis EnriquBarcelona manager Luis Enrique says they could ‘have stood on their heads’ against Paris Saint-Germain and they would have still suffered Champions League humiliation.

Enrique’s side were crushed 4-0 by the French champions at Parc des Princes and now need to make history to reach the quarter-finals – no side has overturned a four-goal first leg deficit in the history of the competition.

With Barcelona facing last-16 elimination from Europe for the first time since Liverpool knocked them out in 2007, coach Luis Enrique lost his cool in a post match interview.

He told Catalan television station TV3:

Angel di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain ripped Barcelona to shreds in Paris, in a stunning team performance that left the Spanish champions shell-shocked and facing elimination from Europe at the last-16 stage.

Things started badly for Barcelona when Samuel Umititi upended Draxler on the edge of the area on 18 minutes and Di Maria stepped up to take the free-kick. It wasn’t his greatest, but it was enough to beat Suarez’ jump and fly past a static Marc-Andre ter Stegen.