It looked like Chelsea had tied the scores with just a few minutes to go when Ben Chilwell’s cross bounced off defender Wes Morgan and into Leicester City’s net. But Chilwell, a former Leicester player, was ruled offside by a narrow margin in the build-up.
This meant the contest ended 1-0, giving Leicester a historic victory with the Foxes losing their previous four appearances in the FA Cup final.
“Incredible, indescribable,” Leicester captain Kasper Schmeichel, who made two exceptional saves to turn Chelsea away, told the BBC.
“That’s what dreams are made of. I’ve dreamed of it since I was a kid. We talked about wanting to win trophies and performance today – courage and determination – I’m so proud of everyone. world.”
After a largely uneventful first half, in which neither side recorded a shot on target, Tielemans’ strike lit up the game.
“Yuri, wow, what a finish,” added Schmeichel. “I didn’t even dare to celebrate because you know there’s always a VAR (criticism) or something like that.”
Chelsea had two huge chances to equalize in the second half, but on two occasions they were denied by superb saves from Schmeichel.
The goalkeeper first dove to his right to refuse Chilwell’s header, and soon after, dove in the opposite direction to save a powerful shot from Mason Mount.
And Chelsea seemed to have finally broken through when the ball was packed into Leicester’s goal, only for VAR to step in and the Foxes to hold on.
The victory comes in an excellent season for Leicester of Brendan Rodgers, currently third in the Premier League and on track to qualify for the Champions League next season.
It has been a disappointing afternoon for Chelsea, who lost last year’s FA Cup final to Arsenal and will now look to Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.
Despite more possession, Thomas Tuchel’s side failed to create chances against a stubborn Leicester defense as Timo Werner and Mount were frustrated in front of goal.
Saturday’s match was an important day for English football with 21,000 supporters attending Wembley – the highest number at a UK sporting event for 14 months.
The event was part of the UK government’s science-led events research program, working closely with local authorities and organizers to undertake studies to bring fans and the public back to stadiums safely then as coronavirus restrictions are gradually being relaxed across the country.
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