Leicester win first-ever FA Cup, West Ham’s best four chances fade – Xinhua English.news.cn
Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton (front) celebrates with the trophy after the FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain on May 15, 2021 (Photo by Matthew Impey / Xinhua)
LONDON, May 15 (Xinhua) – Leicester City beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday to win the FA Cup for the first time in club history, as more than 6,000 of their fans applauded them from the stands at Wembley Stadium .
Youri Tielemans ‘magnificent strike in the 63rd minute saw Brendan Rodgers’ side win the cup in their fifth final appearance, but it was not without drama and controversy when goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made a superb save late to refuse Mason Mount in the 87th minute.
A minute later, Ben Chilwell thought he scored a goal to send the game into overtime, but VAR ruled out his strike for a marginal offside.
If that wasn’t enough, the two sides will meet again at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium on Tuesday night with a Champions League berth next season up for grabs.
West Ham did not take advantage of Chelsea Cup homework as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Brighton, who had nothing to play.
West Ham dominated the first half and had chances to take the lead, with Pablo Fornals having twice seen effort on goal erased by a desperate defense, but Brighton took the lead in the 84th minute when Danny Welbeck took scored after a good job from South African international Percy Tau.
Their lead lasted just two minutes before Said Benrahma managed to equalize from the edge of the box to save a vital point for the visitors, whose chances of a top-four finish appear to be slipping away.
There was nothing at stake as Leeds United won 4-0 away from Burnley with a convincing display against a rival who made too many defensive mistakes.
Mateusz Kilch and Jack Harrison put Leeds 2-0 with goals in the 44th and 59th minutes, before substitute Rodrigo Moreno confirmed the win with a late brace.
Southampton secured a comfortable 3-1 home win over already relegated Fulham with Che Adams, Nathan Tella and Theo Walcott for the home side.
League champions Manchester City celebrated in style when Ferran Torres netted a hat-trick to give Pep Guardiola’s men an entertaining 4-3 victory at Newcastle United on Friday night. Enditem