Chelsea and Leicester City are meeting in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium today, with 22,000 fans in attendance. It’s one of those dates that fans circle on the calendar, the ultimate finale of the domestic season, but which shade of blue will lift the famous trophy at full time?
Chelsea, defeated 2-1 by Arsenal in the 2020 final, are into the Champions League final and triumphed over Manchester City – who they face in Porto later this month – in the semi-final thanks to Hakim Ziyech’s strike. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues topped Pep Guardiola’s side again a week ago but their preparations for their clash with Leicester were hampered as they surprisingly lost 1-0 to the Gunners at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. However, Chelsea will look to secure the first half of a potential domestic-European cup double under the German, who took over in January.
Leicester will hope star man Kelechi Iheanacho can continue his incredible run of form as the club eye a first major trophy since their scarcely believable Premier League win in 2015/16. The Foxes have never lifted the FA Cup and have been runners-up on four occasions – but Iheanacho’s 18 goals in all competitions, including four in five FA Cup matches, could fire them to glory. Follow all the latest updates from Wembley below.
74 mins: Luke Thomas and Cesar Azpilicueta clash heads as they both go after the same aerial ball. The Chelsea captain is fine but Thomas is having a check over by the medical staff.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:49
It was a good one from Tielemans
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:44
James Maddison has arrived
69 mins: It’s time for some substitutions. Thomas Tuchel makes a double change as Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso are taken off with Christian Pulisic and Ben Chilwell replacing them. For Leicester Kelechi Iheanacho’s quiet day is over as James Maddison comes on in his place.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:42
66 mins: Tielemans has been Leicester’s best player so far and he’s stepped up for them big time. Can Chelsea respond or are they heading for a second FA Cup defeat in two years?
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:40
GOAL! Tielemans strikes for Leicester!
63 mins: Goal! It’s an FA Cup banger! Youri Tielemans puts Leicester in front! Reece James has a pass intercepted by Ayoze Perez and the ball bounces to Luke Thomas. He passes it into Tielemans who dinks the ball forward and then smashes one from 25-yards out. He could not hit it any sweeter. The ball continues to rise, beats Kepa Arrizabalaga to his right and finishes in the top corner. It’s a goal worthy of winning a final.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:37
60 mins: That’s not great. Leicester attempt a short corner with Youri Tielemans knocking the ball to Ayoze Perez who just gives it back to Tielemans. He is then marshalled away from the box before the ball comes to Marc Albrighton. He swings a cross into the middle but it just evades Jamie Vardy and Chelsea clear the danger.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:36
57 mins: Youri Tielemans is allowed enough time on the ball out on the right wing to pick out a spot in the box. He swings his cross into the back post but Marcos Alonso is able to glance the ball away for a Leicester throw in. There seems to be a bit more bite to Leicester now.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:31
Nice play from Chelsea
54 mins: Jorginho picks up the ball in space on the right as N’Golo Kante sweeps forward on the overlap. Jorginho sends the ball into him and Kante flicks it into the far side of the box. Marcos Alonso arrives and hits a soft header straight at goal but it doesn’t cause too much trouble for Kasper Schmeichel.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:28
Top work from Kepa
51 mins: Leicester win the ball and sweep quickly up the pitch. Marc Albrighton makes a run down the right side and receives the ball. He sends an early cross to the front edge of the box for Jamie Vardy but Kepa Arrizabalaga reads the play and gets out quickly, beats Vardy to the ball and boots it long up the pitch.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:25
48 mins: Wesley Fofana picks up where he left off in the first half. Timo Werner brings the ball under control as it comes over the top. He slides it into the box for Mason Mount but Fofana sticks to him and shoulders him off the ball allowing it to roll out for a goalkick.
Michael Jones15 May 2021 18:22