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Leicester City Win The FA Cup For First Time After Youri Tielemans’ Wonderstrike

Leicester City Win The FA Cup For First Time After Youri Tielemans’ Wonderstrike

Youri Tielemans and Kasper Schmeichel are the Foxes heroes, as Chelsea have late strike ruled out by VAR.

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

Leicester City have won the FA Cup for the first time in their history after Youri Tielemans' second-half rocket - with Chelsea having what they thought was a late equaliser ruled out by VAR.

The Foxes had lost their previous four FA Cup finals going into their fifth. But Brendan Rodgers' side broke that pattern in front of fans at Wembley, after the Belgium international hammered one in just after the hour mark to deliver a 1-0 triumph.

Ayoze Perez intercepted possession, played it to Luke Thomas who fed Tielemans. The midfielder strode forward and unleashed a howitzer from outside the box - which flew into the top corner giving Kepa Arrizabalaga no chance.

Thomas Tuchel's side thought they had a late equaliser when Ben Chilwell's cross was bundled into the Leicester net. However a VAR review revealed Chilwell had been offside - by the narrowest of margins - and the 'goal' was chalked off.

Man of the Match Tielemans' strike was a sensational goal, worthy of winning any FA Cup final, and it broke open an incredibly tight game to that point.

Chelsea did their best to respond straight away - Chilwell glancing the post with a header - but Leicester held on. A key moment late on was Schmeichel making a diving, one-handed save from Mason Mount.

A tense, goalless first 45 minutes saw both Leicester and Chelsea have half-chances. But neither side managed a shot on target and probably the most thrilling moment of the game was the roar from the fans in attendance as the teams arrived on the pitch.

But that was nothing compared to the victory cries let loose by Leicester's players and fans after their side defeated the Champions League finalists at Wembley.

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Topics: Leicester City, Chelsea, FA Cup