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Leicester beat Chelsea to win FA Cup for first time

  • Published at 12:30 am May 16th, 2021
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Leicester City's English-born Jamaican defender Wes Morgan (L) and Leicester City's Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (R) hold up the winner's trophy as the Leicester players celebrate victory after the English FA Cup final match against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in north west London on Saturday. Leicester won the FA Cup for the first time in the club's 137-year history as Youri Tielemans's sensational strike beat Chelsea 1-0 in front of 22,000 fans at Wembley AFP

Leicester City's Tielemans's goal will count among the finest to win this 149-year old competition

A magnificent long-range strike from Youri Tielemans gave Leicester City their first FA Cup triumph with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, in front of the biggest crowd in England since March 2020.

Leicester had been beaten in all their three previous FA Cup final appearances, most recently in 1969, and they were on the back foot for most of the game.

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.

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.

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.

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