Kelechi Iheanacho scored again as Leicester City booked an FA Cup final with Chelsea. Leicester City reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 as Kelechi Iheanacho‘s second-half goal gave them victory over Southampton at Wembley.
Iheanacho was the beneficiary of fine work by Jamie Vardy to score at the second attempt 10 minutes after the interval.
The game was played in front of 4,000 supporters as part of a pilot scheme, with research being carried out on allowing fans back in to sporting events as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Tickets were limited to residents of Brent – the north London borough where Wembley Stadium is situated – and key workers.
Those inside Wembley witnessed a mainly dour game but Leicester, playing in their first semi-final since 1982, will not care – and neither will their followers.
Southampton were strangely lacking in intensity, barely threatening Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Ibrahima Diallo went closest to an equaliser for the Saints but his powerful drive went just wide.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will now face Chelsea in the final on 15 May, their first appearance in the showpiece since they lost 1-0 against Manchester City in 1969. Leicester deserve FA Cup final place
Leicester City and manager Brendan Rodgers fully merited their victory as they were much the better team in a low-key semi-final.
They were the more composed and ordered side in a game where chances were at a premium and it took Iheanacho, who scored the winner against Brighton in the fifth round and was on target twice in the 3-1 win against Manchester United in the quarter-final, to make the decisive contribution.
His goal secured a place in the final against Chelsea, who the Foxes beat in the Premier League in January.
And while they will be underdogs, Leicester have enough quality and resilience to be quietly confident.
This FA Cup final appearance is further evidence of the fine work being done by Rodgers, who also has Leicester right in the mix for the Champions League places next season.
Now they have the chance to turn all this endeavour into silverware at Wembley against Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Source – BBC News