Kelechi Iheanacho fired Leicester into their first FA Cup final since 1969 as 4,000 spectators witnessed their 1-0 win over Southampton at Wembley on Sunday.
Iheanacho’s swept finish at the second attempt after 55 minutes was enough to ensure the Foxes progress to face Chelsea. There is expected to be 21,000 in attendance – including far more supporters – when they return to Wembley on May 15 looking to win their first-ever FA Cup.
James Maddison missed two good chances to extend Leicester’s lead following his introduction off the bench in front of the watching Gareth Southgate, but one goal was enough for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Southampton last reached the FA Cup final in 2003 but failed to register a shot on target – the best chance falling to Ibrahima Diallo – as their run came to a disappointing end.
Iheanacho’s FA Cup love affair goes on…
“The FA Cup loves me, and I love the FA Cup,” Iheanacho said afterwards, his goal extending his run to having scored in the last three rounds. His finish was the 14th FA Cup goal of his career while no other player has scored more in the past five seasons.
There was a spine-tingling applause as the teams emerged for kick-off at Wembley, where thousands of fans returned as part of one of the government’s pilot events.
By Sky Sports