Leicester City have risen to the very top of English football in the last few years. The Foxes have added yet another cap to their club’s name winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history today against Chelsea.
Leicester won the Cup final against Chelsea by a margin of 1-0 after Youri Tielemens scored one of the goals of the season. The win ends a losing run of 4 previous Cup finals for Leicester whereas it adds to the losing run of Chelsea.
Leicester City make history at Wembley by defeating Chelsea
Chelsea have now lost the FA Cup finals twice in a row last year against Arsenal and this time against Leicester.
Both sides, Leicester and Chelsea started off cautiously in the first half and did not take any major risks. Chelsea dominated the play but did not threaten the opposition goal as much as they would have liked to.
Timo Werner had a few half chances, from which could have scored but Leicester did well defensively and blocked them off. The first half ended at 0-0 and was rather a pretty dull half for the 12,000 odd supporters who had been allowed to visit Wembley to watch the match.
Brendan Rodgers who has now become the first manager to win both the Scottish FA and English FA cups since Alex Ferguson tweaked his system after the break.
The second half started off a lot better as both sides looked to take the game by the scruff of its neck. Leicester looked to have overcome their initial jitters and played with more confidence.
Youri Tielemens’ special strike gave Leicester the winning goal in the FA cup finals
Despite playing well, Leicester were unable to break down Chelsea’s defence and it took a moment of magic from Tielemens in the 63rd minute to break the deadlock. The Belgian midfielder received a pass from Ayoze Perez about 25 yards from goal and thundered a strike into the top left corner. Kepa Arrizabalaga made a valiant effort but the strike was one for the ages and was seemingly the winning goal of the match.
Thomas Tuchel replied by making attacking substitutions and brought on Pulisic, Havertz and Giroud. Chelsea piled up the pressure on Leicester goal as Mason Mount pulled out a fingertip save from Kasper Schiemel in Leicester goal. Ben Chilwell also had a headed effort saved by Kasper and the lead remained intact for Leicester.
VAR DRAMA towards the end of the match
Chelsea thought they had scored a final minute equaliser when Ben Chilwell scored against his former team. The wing-back made a run into the box and was found wonderfully by Rudiger. Chilwell’s shot pinballed near the goal line and was eventually put into the net.
Chelsea fans were delirious and Chilwell celebrated with vigour against his former club. However, all of the Chelsea fans’ emotions were brought to a close as VAR intervened and chalked off the goal for an offside in the build up to the goal.
Leicester hung on for the final few moments of the game and eventually had their moment when Michael Oliver blew the full-time whistle.
Leicester City fans celebrated with joy and disbelief after their players had put an end to their losing run in the FA cup finals. The win for Leicester is one for the ages and will certainly be up their with their Premier League title win in 2015.