FOXES TRIUMPH: Tielemans wins FA Cup for Leicester City
A wonder goal from Youri Tielemans saw Leicester City win their first ever FA cup trophy with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley.
The Belgian struck from 25 yards with 63 minutes on the clock, leaving Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with no chance.
Leicester’s fans that were part of a 21,000 strong Wembley crowd went from agony to ecstasy in the final minutes as VAR overturned Ben Chilwell’s equaliser, with the former foxes left-back adjudged to have been offside.
Kasper Schmeichel also played a crucial role in sending the trophy back to the East Midlands as the Danish international made two vital saves in the second half.
Aside from his excellent goal, Tielemans oozed quality throughout the 90 minutes and was awarded the official man of the match award.
The 24-year-old has proved to be another smart piece of business by the Leicester board and the Belgian told the BBC post-match that he was glad the fans could be there to see the game: “It feels really good, I think it is amazing.”
“I am really glad to have scored the goal to have helped the team to win the game. It was a really tight game, but to score a goal like that in the final, what a goal it was.
“To have the fans in today was really special, I hope everyone will savour today and also the fans who have been at home and supported us the whole year through.”
Leicester were appearing in their first FA Cup final in 52 years, having lost all of their previous four attempts.
Speaking after the game, Brendan Rodgers paid tribute to the owners and his team for making history: "I'm very proud. It's a historical day for the football club, winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history, and clearly a special day," he said.
"I'm so happy for the players, they were so courageous in the game. For the supporters, who have lost four finals. And for [Leicester owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha] 'Top' and his family, it's a dream of theirs to win the FA Cup and we've been able to deliver that.
"I thought it was a really good game, a classic FA Cup final game. We were playing against the Champions League finalists so we knew it would be tough, we'd have to suffer. But I thought we were well worthy of the win.”
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