Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt strike sealed Leicester’s maiden FA Cup triumph with a gritty 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley.
The Belgium midfielder rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner from 25 yards, as Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes put another genuine stamp on years of recent quality.
Former Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell saw a last-gasp Chelsea effort ruled out for offside after a video assistant referee review, while Kasper Schmeichel earlier made a superb save to deny Mason Mount.
Leicester’s Premier League title win of 2015 might have come against all possible odds, but the east Midlands men have never since wilted.
Chelsea vs Leicester highlight
GOAL! Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City | Youri Tielemans, 62 mins
WHAT A GOAL!
A stunning, stunning hit from Youri Tielemans!
Perez blocks a clearance, the ball finds its way to Tielemans, and he crashes a superb long-range effort into the top corner from 30 yards out!
Chelsea are hoping to guarantee their first silverware of the Thomas Tuchel peroid as they take on a Leicester side hoping to cover a superb season with a trophy in today’s FA Cup last at Wembley.
Since replacing Frank Lampard halfway through the campaign, Tuchel has changed the Blues’ season and Saturday’s final is the first of two opportunities to guarantee a title, with a Champions League clash with Manchester City to come in Porto.
Leicester, in the mean time, have become increasingly more settled among the Premier League world class under Brendan Rodgers and get the opportunity to win their first piece of flatware since their mind boggling stun Premier League achievement in 2016.
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso, Ziyech, Mount, Werner
Subs: Pulisic, Zouma, Mendy, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Gilmour, Havertz, Emerson Palmieri
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas, Perez, Vardy, Iheanacho
Subs: Morgan, Maddison, Albrighton, Ward, Amartey, Choudhury, Ricardo Pereira, Mendy, Praet
How to watch
TV channel: The match will be shown live on both SuperSport Premier League, BT Sport 1 and BBC One.
CHE vs LEI: FA Cup final team news
Chelsea boast a fully-fit squad as Mateo Kovacic has shaken off a hamstring injury and N’Golo Kante is back after Achilles tendon pain. Andreas Christensen has also beaten a leg tendon issue.
Jonny Evans faces a race to be fit for the Foxes’ first FA Cup final since 1969. The defender has been nursing a heel problem which has forced him to miss the last two games and he will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness.
FA Cup final prediction
Thomas Tuchel was left furious after his side lost to Arsenal in midweek to throw the race for the top four open again, but perhaps that will prove the wake up call his Chelsea side need, having been showered with so much praise in recent weeks.
Chelsea to win 2-0
Chelsea vs Leicester head to head (h2h) results and history
- Chelsea wins: 57
- Draws: 34
- Leicester wins: 27
- Last meeting: Leicester 2-0 Chelsea (19/01/21)
Chelsea vs Leicester odds and betting tips
- Chelsea to win: 20/21
- Draw: 11/4
- Leicester to win: 10/3
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