Leicester beat Chelsea to win FA Cup at Wembley

Leicester City have won the FA Cup final, beating Chelsea in front of the UK's biggest football crowd since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Youri Tielemans scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Brendan Rodgers' side - his first trophy since taking over, and a first-ever FA Cup triumph for the Foxes.

The Belgium midfielder fired a shot into the top corner from 25 yards on 63 minutes.

Chelsea were denied a last-minute equaliser by the video assistant referee (VAR), having piled on the pressure in pursuit of a goal that would have taken the game to extra time.

It had been a game of few clear chances up until the winning goal, but Kasper Schmeichel was forced into two fantastic saves at the other end with 12 minutes remaining, pushing a Ben Chilwell header onto the post and then pulling off another wonderful stop to deny Mason Mount, as Chelsea searched for a response.

Leicester, who lost key defender Jonny Evans to injury midway through the first half, held on and, 52 years after their last appearance in a FA Cup final, were able to hold the trophy aloft for the first time in their history.

Chelsea's second FA Cup final loss in as many years is set to put a major squeeze on the end of the Blues' season.

New boss Thomas Tuchel has transformed the Stamford Bridge men after replacing Frank Lampard in January, however, Chelsea now face a dogfight to secure a top-four Premier League finish, which begins with hosting Leicester on Tuesday night.

Around 21,000 people provided a real atmosphere for the showpiece game at Wembley Stadium, which was also attended by officials and dignitaries - including Prince William in his role as president of the FA.

Supporters were allowed in as part of the government's Events Research Programme (ERP) and had to present a negative COVID-19 test result.

Last month, Manchester City won the League Cup Final against Tottenham, also at Wembley, in front of a crowd of around 8,000 people.

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