A great goal for the squad of Youri Tielemans sent the FA Cup straight to the Leicester City showcases and embittered the Chelsea, to which the VAR annulled a goal in the discount for millimeter offside, two weeks before the final of the Champions League (0-1).
The Belgian midfielder unblocked the game and tipped the balance to bring down the resistance of those from Thomas Tuchel, who are left without the first trophy opportunity this season and who ended up desperate with the VAR, which denied them the draw by millimeters.
The tactical battle between Brendan Rodgers and Thomas Tuchel did not disappoint. Two teams built from defensive strength and five defenses as a priority. The German continued to trust Kepa and left on the bench Ben chilwell, in favor of Marcos Alonso. With Kovacic injured, Kanté followed in the middle and without confidence in Tammy Abraham, the forward led by Timo Werner.
In his line, the German did not start right and snatched his goal from Azpilicueta in the final. In a combination after a corner, Thiago Silva, transformed into ’10’, he took a center to the far post in which Werner went ahead, to touch the ball just enough so that it did not go to goal or to reach Azpilicueta, only totally and empty door.
Chelsea combined the traffic jam at Leicester, which ended with long shots from Mount and Werner, with phases in which the ‘Foxes’ they approached shyly, especially with a header from Soyuncu. However, Jonny Evans ‘injury changed Rodgers’ scheme, who in the half hour had to put Marc Albrighton in and veer towards the defense of four.
As the minutes passed, Chelsea slowed down and the match was equalized, but for the worse. Neither team arrived in danger, both of them fearing some against that would compromise their options.
That is why a buried wonder had to open the scoreboard. A loss by Reece James off the ball ended at the feet of Youri Tielemans. The unmarked Belgian raised his head and took a right-handed shot straight into the squad. A goal against which Kepa could not do anything and that was enough for the Mount, Werner, Ziyech and Havertz could not reverse the situation.
Chilwell was close, with a header that he took with a great stretch Kasper Schmeichel. Faced with the danger of a tie, Rodgers exhausted the team’s defensive reserves and brought Wes Morgan onto the field to shrink balls. But the hero would still be Schmeichel. The Dane prevented, with a point-blank mitt, a shot from Mount on the horn from sneaking into his goal, minutes before the VAR annulled a goal to Chilwell for offside by a millimeter shoulder. And there the hopes of the ‘Blues’ died.
This is how Leicester achieved their first title since the 2016 Premier League and the first FA Cup in its history, to the fifth attempt. His previous four finals, in 1949, 1961, 1963 and 1969 had finished with his bones in the runner-up.
– Data sheet:
0 – Chelsea: Kepa; Alonso (Chilwell, m.68), Rudiger, Silva, James, Azpilicueta (Hudson-Odoi, m.76); Kanté, Jorginho (Havertz, m.76), Mount, Ziyech (Pulisic, m.68) and Werner (Giroud, m.82).
1 – Leicester: Schmeichel; Thomas (Morgan, m.82), Soyuncu, Evans (Albrighton, m.34), Fofana, Castagne; Ndid, Tielemans; Ayoze (Choudhury, m.82), Vardy and Iheanacho (Maddison, m.68).
Goals: 0-1. Tielemans, m.63.
Referee: Michael Oliver admonished Werner (m.40) by the locals and Fofana (m.36) by the visitors.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the final of the FA Cup (England Cup) played at Wembley Stadium before about 20,000 spectators.