A screamer from Youri Tielemans in the 63rd minutes from outside the 18 yard box was all it took for Leicester City to emerge as FA Cup champions for the first time in their history.
The midfielder produced a fantastic goal in the second half to earn Leicester a historic victory in front of a crowd of 20,000 people — the largest attendance at a UK football ground since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“It feels really good, it’s amazing, I’m really glad to score the goal to help the team to win the game,” Tielemans said after the match. “It was a really tight game and to score in the final but what a goal that was. So, I’m really happy for the team and for the fans.”
The win also sees Brendan Rodgers earn his first ever major trophy in English football.
Both Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho started the final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening. Iheanacho was later replaced. This is Ndidi and Iheanacho’s first title with Leicester under Brendan Rodgers.
The Foxes had the fortune of a tight VAR call on former Leicester defender, Ben Chilwell, in the 90th minute, and after being losing finalists in 1949, 1961, 1963, and 1969. They finally broke their duck with the 1-0 win over last season’s losing finalists.
“It’s an amazing feeling, I wasn’t aware before I came to Leicester that they’d never won the FA Cup, they’d lost in four finals previous so to be able to give that to the owners and the fans, so special,” Rodgers said. “So proud, the board players staff, supporters, an amazing day for the city, so proud for everyone.
A landmark day ended with emotional scenes as Leicester’s Thai owner was invited on to the field to celebrate with the team.
“We are disappointed and not angry with our performance from the boys,” Tuchel said. “I think the performance is enough to win it. I think today we were unlucky and we’ve never hidden that we need to have that to win at this level.
“You need momentum, decision making, little details, the referee”.