Leicester reach first FA Cup final since 1969

The past four FA Cup goals at Wembley have been scored by African players – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech and Kelechi Iheanacho

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.

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Leicester City

  1. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  2. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  3. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  4. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü

  5. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  6. Squad number25Player nameNdidi

  7. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  8. Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira

  9. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

  10. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

  11. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  1. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  2. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

Southampton

  1. Squad number10Player nameAdams
  2. Squad number22Player nameSalisu
  3. Squad number23Player nameTella
  4. Squad number32Player nameWalcott

Line-ups

Leicester

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 3Fofana
  • 6Evans
  • 4SöyüncüBooked at 49mins
  • 27Castagne
  • 25Ndidi
  • 8Tielemans
  • 21Ricardo PereiraSubstituted forAlbrightonat 60′minutes
  • 17PérezSubstituted forMaddisonat 69′minutes
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 10Maddison
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Praet
  • 33Thomas

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 44Forster
  • 2Walker-PetersSubstituted forTellaat 85′minutes
  • 35BednarekBooked at 90mins
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 3BertrandSubstituted forSalisuat 85′minutes
  • 17Armstrong
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 27DialloBooked at 5mins
  • 12DjenepoSubstituted forWalcottat 73′minutes
  • 11RedmondSubstituted forAdamsat 59′minutes
  • 9Ings

Substitutes

  • 1McCarthy
  • 5Stephens
  • 10Adams
  • 22Salisu
  • 23Tella
  • 32Walcott
  • 40N’Lundulu
  • 47Ferry
  • 64Jankewitz

Referee:
Chris Kavanagh

Attendance:
4,000

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