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Leicester win first-ever FA Cup with Youri Tielemans, stunning goal as VAR rule out Chelsea’s late equalizer in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley


Leicester won a first-ever FA Cup thanks to Youri Tielemans’ wonderful goal in a 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

The Belgian midfielder scored the only goal of the game as he dropped 25 meters in the 63rd minute in front of 21,000 supporters at Wembley.

Tielemans let fly from afar and it paid off
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Leicester win first-ever FA Cup with Youri Tielemans, stunning goal as VAR rule out Chelsea’s late equalizer in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley
Leicester players were able to celebrate in front of their fans for the first time this year
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Tielemans became the first Leicester player to score in an FA Cup final since Ken Keyworth in 1963 as he ended the club’s FA Cup final.

It was then Leicester captain Kasper Schmeichel’s turn to be the hero when he denied Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount with two exceptional saves late.

There was late drama, however, as Chilwell, who left Leicester to join Chelsea last summer, believed he had equalized for the Blues in the 89th minute.

However, VAR ruled out the goal for the tightest offside calls.

Leicester win first-ever FA Cup with Youri Tielemans, stunning goal as VAR rule out Chelsea’s late equalizer in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley
Chilwell thought he had equalized for Chelsea
Leicester win first-ever FA Cup with Youri Tielemans, stunning goal as VAR rule out Chelsea’s late equalizer in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley
Leicester lifted the FA Cup for the first time in its history
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The Foxes had pulled away in four previous FA Cup finals, but ultimately put that unwanted record to bed.

A cautious first half saw both sides fail to save a shot on target.

Vardy had a shot blocked by Reece James as Timo Werner inadvertently deflected a Hakim Ziyech cross from Cesar Azpilicueta’s header, which was not marked at the far post.

Leicester suffered a heavy blow in the 34th minute when Jonny Evans was forced to leave through injury and replaced by Marc Albrighton.

Evans had missed the last two games with a heel injury, but was unable to continue.

Leicester win first-ever FA Cup with Youri Tielemans, stunning goal as VAR rule out Chelsea’s late equalizer in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley
Rodgers won a very first major trophy in England
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Leicester win first-ever FA Cup with Youri Tielemans, stunning goal as VAR rule out Chelsea’s late equalizer in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley
Tielemans was the winner of the Leicester match

The first shot on target finally came in the 53rd minute when Marcos Alonso’s header was comfortably saved by Schmeichel.

And the breakthrough came in amazing ways.

James’ ball from the back was blocked by Ayoze Perez and fell at the feet of Luke Thomas. The left-back played a short pass to Tielemans, whose unstoppable strike gave Kepa Arrizabalaga no chance.

Schmeichel, Leicester’s longest-serving current player, was in inspired form to preserve his priceless clean sheet.

Leicester win first-ever FA Cup with Youri Tielemans, stunning goal as VAR rule out Chelsea’s late equalizer in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley
Vardy has now played in every round of the FA Cup and has not given Chelsea defenders a moment’s rest

He first tipped a Chilwell header onto the post, before giving Mount a strong volley.

Chaos ensured when a scramble in the box resulted in the release of Caglar Soyuncu bouncing off Chilwell and into the back of the net.

It would have been cruel for Leicester to concede in this way, but VAR saved them to doom Chelsea to a second straight FA Cup final loss.

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