It looked like Chelsea would have equalized the score within minutes when Ben Chilwell’s cross from defender Wes Morgan struck Leicester City’s net. But Chilwell, a former Leicester player, was classified as offside by a narrow margin.
That meant the competition ended 1-0 and gave Leicester an historic win after the Foxes lost their last four games in the FA Cup final.
“Amazing, indescribable,” said Leicester captain Kasper Schmeichel to the BBC.
“It’s what dreams are made of. I’ve dreamed of it since I was a kid. We talked about how today we want to win trophies and the achievement – the strength and determination – I’m so proud of everyone.”
After a largely uneventful first half with neither side scoring a shot on goal, Tielemans’ goal lit up the game.
“Youri, wow, what a finish,” added Schmeichel. “I didn’t even dare celebrate because you know there’s always a VAR (review) or something.”
Chelsea had two great equal opportunities in the second half but were knocked down on both occasions by excellent saves from Schmeichel.
The goalkeeper first dived to his right to deny Chilwell’s header and shortly thereafter dived in the opposite direction to save a powerful shot from Mason Mount.
And Chelsea finally seemed to have broken through when the ball was bundled into Leicester’s gate, only for VAR to step in and hold the foxes in place.
The win comes during an excellent season for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, who is currently third in the Premier League and is on his way to qualifying for the Champions League next season.
It’s been a disappointing afternoon for Chelsea, who lost last year’s FA Cup final to Arsenal and will now face Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29th.
Despite having more possession, Thomas Tuchel’s team failed to create chances against a stubborn defense in Leicester as Timo Werner and Mount remained frustrated in front of goal.
Saturday’s game was an important day for English football. 21,000 fans attended Wembley – most of them at a sporting event in the UK for 14 months.
The event was part of the UK government’s science-led event research program, which worked closely with local authorities and organizers to conduct studies to safely get fans and audiences back to the stadiums as coronavirus restrictions are gradually eased across the country.