Leicester City takes down on Blues with 1-0 full-time match
Doing a Leicester means accomplishing the almost impossible and making fun of absurd odds. Doing a Leicester means accomplishing the almost impossible and making fun of absurd odds.
Rodgers and his teammates have done it again. It didn’t matter that they had never beaten Chelsea in seven previous FA Cup matches, or, more importantly, that they had never won the storied old trophy in their 137-year history.
After a Reece James clearance hit Ayoze Pérez 63 minutes into a slow-burning final, Youri Tielemans collected a short pass from Luke Thomas and put all he had into the shot, which fizzled high into the top corner from outside the area. Leicester were on their way after Kepa Arrizabalaga grabbed the ball with his wrong hand.
It was never going to happen, and Leicester had to depend on their luck to the very end. Chelsea had advertised an equaliser, with Ben Chilwell, a former Leicester player who had come on as a substitute, hitting the post and Mason Mount forcing Kasper Schmeichel into a fine save.
Chelsea figured they had equalized in the 89th minute when Chilwell got in behind the defence to poke goalward, but the ball ricocheted off Calgar Soyuncu and flew in off Wes Morgan, the substitute. The five minutes of extra time is nerve-wracking for Leicester, but when the whistle blew, the celebrations erupted like a firecracker.
Leicester’s nerves were frayed throughout the five minutes of extra time, but when the whistle blew, the celebrations erupted like a firecracker.
The atmosphere was electric during this, the UK’s largest spectator event in 14 months, though hearing boos mixed in with cheers when the players took a pre-match knee to help the battle against racism was startling.
Tuchel, on the other hand, needed to see more sharpness and consistency in this one. It didn’t happen for long stretches, with both teams seeming more concerned with avoiding errors. There was no desire to take on an opponent or risk losing the ball.
Then it happened, the moment when the stress was cut and the Leicester dream was rekindled. Tielemans had previously scored 16 goals for Leicester. He will never be able to top this.
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