36 min The falling Fofana makes a vital headed clearance on the six-yard line, with Djenepo waiting behind him.
35 min Ward-Prowse drives a training-ground corner hard and low to the near post, where Bertrand completely mistimes his first-time shot. That was a chance, albeit a sharp one.
34 min: Vardy misses a great chance! Leicester should be ahead. Tielemans stole the ball off Diallo on the halfway line and angled a marvellous pass behind Bednarek to put Vardy through on goal. He stabbed the ball slightly away from goal with his left foot, an iffy first touch, and then chipped it wide of the near post as Forster came out. An in-form Vardy would have buried that.
32 min Walker-Peters is fouled by Perez, 30 yards from goal in the inside-right channel. Ward-Prowse curls in an excellent free-kick that is headed away well by Ndidi, under considerable pressure from Vestergaard.
30 min “I fear,” says Ian Copestake, “that the inspirational videos Herr Hasenhüttl had his players’ eyelids pulled back to watch were previously used to promote euthanasia in Soylent Green.”
29 min Ings falls over in the D after a challenge from Ndidi. Chris Kavanagh isn’t interested. I thought it was a dive on first viewing, and still do on second viewing.
27 min Perez, in the inside-left channel, plays a wall pass with Vardy and teases a first-time cross that just evades Iheanacho at the far post. That was really good play for Leicester.
25 min “Evening Rob,” says Stephen Carr. “You may recall my email earlier this week where I disclosed that within a few hours of opening, my local was crawling with police due to the activities some high-spirited patrons. With this in mind, I went further afield to Cheshire for a walk and a pint. Imagine my disgust to be informed that they’d run out of lager (both draft and bottled) and bitter. In this case, the grass most certainly was not greener. If this isn’t an ominously analogous comment on the recent S*per League developments, then I don’t know what is.”
24 min Vardy’s tame shot from the edge of the D dribbles through to Forster.
22 min If this goes to extra time and penalties, it’ll flipping intrude upon Line of Duty
21 min Ricardo lofts an excellent pass down the left to release Perez. He cuts into the area but then overruns the ball and is tackled by Vestergaard. That was a decent opportunity.
20 min Redmond’s deep cross from the right is miscued on the half volley by Ings, well beyond the far post. The angle was prohibitive so I think he was just trying to guide it back into the middle; it was a difficult ball to deal with.
15 min Nothing much is happening. Both teams look slightly too conscious of the occasion.
12 min Leicester have been the better team so far, though there isn’t a huge amount in it.
10 min Schmeichel charges from his area and just beats Ings to Djenepo’s ball over the top. Good goalkeeping, because Ings would have been through.
9 min “Good idea, Rob, keep the Super League nonsense out of this blog,” says Matt Dony. “Let’s just spend the time focusing on VAR, instead. Football makes itself so hard to love. 1995 Matt was OBSESSED with the Smashing Pumpkins. I’m genuinely sad that I will never love another album with the teenage intensity that I loved Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. I still enjoy their music, and I could never actively feel negatively towards the band. But Billy Corgan has spent the last 20 years or so making it increasingly difficult. Rationally, I can recognise that he’s a colossal spanner. But I still love him. Football feels like it’s going the same way, sometimes…”
7 min Vardy is going to continue. He poked a loose ball away from Diallo, who was a fraction late and planted his studs into the side of Vardy’s leg.
6 min Vardy is still down after that tackle from Diallo.
4 min An early half chance for Perez, who sidefoots well wide from 15 yards after good play by Tielemans. Diallo is booked for a foul on Vardy in the build up.
It’s a beautiful evening at Wembley, andthe players are applauded onto the field by actual, real-life human beings.
Francis Benali is one of the BT Sport pundits, which is as good a reason as any to post this old favourite.
Anyway, let’s make this MBM a European Super League-free zone. This game is none of their business.
Leicester are strongish favourites to reach their first FA Cup final since 1969. (Southampton’s last was in 2003.) But their form has dipped since that outstanding quarter-final victory over Manchester United, and they are up against dangerous opponents. Leicester’s 9-0 win at St Mary’s is part of the backstory to this game – but so is Southampton’s outstanding, cathartic 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium three months later. When Southampton are bad, they’re very, very bad. But when they’re good…
The winners will play Chelsea in the final, if Chelsea deign to share a football field with them.