The last 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 when Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal in the second half brought victory over Southampton at Wembley.
Iheanacho benefited from the good work of Jamie Vardy, who scored on the second try 10 minutes after the break.
The game was played in front of 4,000 followers as part of a pilot project. It was investigating whether fans can return to sporting events if coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.
Tickets were restricted to residents of Brent – the North London borough where Wembley Stadium is – and key personnel.
Those at Wembley had a mostly boring game, but Leicester, which has played in its first semifinals since 1982, won’t care – and neither will their supporters.
Strangely enough, Southampton lacked intensity and hardly threatened Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Ibrahima Diallo came closest to equalizing the Saints, but his powerful drive only narrowly missed.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will face Chelsea in the final on May 15th. This is her first appearance since losing 1-0 to Manchester City in 1969.
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- 4thTellBooked at 49 minutes
- 21Ricardo PereiraReplaced byAlbrightonat the 60 ‘protocol
- 17thPerezReplaced byMaddisonat the 69 ‘protocol
- 14thYour anacho
- 2Walker-PetersReplaced byTellaat the 85 ‘protocol
- 35BednarekBooked at 90 minutes
- 3BertrandReplaced bySalisuat the 85 ‘protocol
- 27DialloBooked at 5 minutes
- 12thDjenepoReplaced byWalcottat the 73 ‘protocol
- 11RedmondReplaced byAdamsat the 59 ‘protocol
End of the game, Leicester City 1, Southampton 0.
The second half ends, Leicester City 1, Southampton 0.
Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).
Nathan Tella (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
Attempt blocked. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Prepared by Timothy Castagne.
Jan Bednarek (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Southampton. Mohammed Salisu replaces Ryan Bertrand.
Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Tella replaces Kyle Walker-Peters.
Offside Leicester City. James Maddison tries a pass, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.
Missed attempt. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Prepared by Kelechi Iheanacho.
Che Adams (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Wesley Fofana (Leicester City).
Missed attempt. James Maddison (Leicester City) left footed shot from the center of the box is a bit too high. Prepared by Kelechi Iheanacho.
Foul by Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton).
Timothy Castagne (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Handball by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).