London, May 16 (IndiaToday) – Leicester City won FA Cup for the first time in their history, beating Chelsea 1-0 in a pulsating final at the Wembley on Saturday. The FA Cup final was watched on by 21,000 fans at the Wembley Stadium — the biggest crowd in England since the resumption of sporting activities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
There was plenty of drama as the fans at Wembley brought back good memories with energy that is rare in the Covid-19 era. The roar after Youri Tielemans stunning long-range strike in the second half was a testament to the atmosphere in the iconic venue despite only a quarter of its capacity allowed for the FA Cup final.
There was late drama when Chelsea thought they had levelled through a Wes Morgan own goal but VAR ruled that Ben Chilwell had been offside.
Leicester City last reached the FA Cup final in 1969. For Brendan Rodgers, this is the first major English English trophy as Leicester ended their wait for FA Cup glory in their 4th final.
Tielemans’s goal will count among the finest to win this 149-year old competition. Collecting the ball centrally he pushed forward and as the Chelsea defence backed off he unleashed a perfectly struck drive which the diving Kepe Arrizabalaga could do nothing about.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea dominated the first half but struggled to create major openings, even after Leicester lost their centre half Jonny Evans to injury in the 34th minute.
Chelsea have lost 2 successive FA Cup final as they were beaten by Arsenal last year. Tuchel’s hopes of sealing a double this season have gone up in smokes but the star tactician will be keen on sealing Champions League glory when they take on Manchester City in the big final later this month.
Chelsea and Leicester City will also meet in a big Premier League match on Tuesday, May 18 as it could potentially help one of the two sides seal a top 4 spot. Chelsea are at the 4th spot on the league table with 64 points from 36 games, 2 less than 3rd-placed Leicester. Both teams face pressure from 5th-placed Liverpool who have 60 points with a game in hand.