Leicester wins FA Cup for first time with superb strike against Chelsea at Wembley

Leicester's goalkeeper-captain Kasper Schmeichel (R) and club captain Wes Morgan lift the FA Cup after beating Chelsea at Wembley. Picture: STUFF SPORTS.

Even sweeter than the powerful long-range strike from Youri Tielemans was Leicester being able to celebrate winning the FA Cup for the first time surrounded by its fans.

“Wow, what a finish,” Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said after they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the final on Saturday. “I didn’t dare to celebrate because there’s always VAR.”

Always, but not to prevent Tielemans’ sublime 30-yard shot from counting in the 63rd minute.

Instead, the video assistant review came to Leicester’s rescue in the 89th minute to prevent Wes Morgan from a moment of heartache.

The 37-year-old club captain had been on the pitch for only seven minutes when he accidentally deflected in former teammate Ben Chilwell’s cross. But one of those marginal offsides that so irritate players and fans was detected and the roars of Leicester fans were even louder than the moment Tielemans scored. Wembley Stadium hosted the biggest crowd – more than 20,000 – since the pandemic started 14 months ago.

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