Lineker produces brilliant reaction to Schmeichel's penalty save in BT Sport studio

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Leicester City were excellent during Tuesday night's Champions League win over Sevilla but one player has been hailed as a hero for his performance.

Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton were the goalscorers during the 2-0 win yet it could have been so different had Kasper Schmeichel not saved Steven N'Zonzi's 80th-minute penalty.

The Dane initially gave away the spot-kick by clattering into Vitolo but made up for it by maintaining Leicester's 3-2 lead on aggregate.

N'Zonzi's penalty was poor, but Schmeichel did extremely well to read which way he was going to go and dive down to his left.

His stop sent the King Power Stadium into raptures, with father Peter Schmeichel caught on camera applauding his son's important save in the stands.

Try as they might, 10-man Sevilla were unable to score the away goal they needed, meaning Leicester booked their place in the quarter-finals.

No fan was more excited by Schmeichel's heroics than Gary Lineker, though.

Upon the 30-year-old's save, Lineker went ballistic on Twitter by tweeting: "He's only gone and f***ing saved it. @kschmeichel1 we love you," followed by: "Can't breathe."

A video has now emerged of how Lineker reacted to the penalty save in the BT Sport studio alongside Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Martin O'Neill - and it's brilliant.

In the footage below, Lineker clenches his fists in celebration before leaning backwards with a look of pure ecstasy on his face.


Gerrard clearly didn't get the memo about celebrating Schmeichel's penalty save, with the Liverpool legend just sitting there and not reacting whatsoever.

Leicester clearly had a game plan heading into the clash and it worked to perfection, as Schmeichel explained afterwards.

"It is an unbelievable achievement for the club," he told BBC Sport. "I am proud of the boys and proud of everybody. We had a game plan, we stuck to it and it came off perfectly.

"We always knew they would have a lot of possession. First half they had a lot of possession and played really well but you know you have to defend against a team that keeps the ball like them and we kept them to just a couple of chances.

"It is a great feeling to help the team progress. It is about confidence.

"We have gone out and played more like we did last season and we are reaping the rewards of it now. It was a fantastic night."

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