Leicester City have won their first ever FA Cup 1-0 against Chelsea FC on Saturday.
Rodgers and his players pulled it off here. Never mind that they had never beaten Chelsea in seven previous FA Cup ties or, more to the point, that they had never lifted the famous old trophy in their 137-year history.
When Youri Tielemans collected a short pass from Luke Thomas after a Reece James clearance had hit Ayoze Pérez 63 minutes into a slow-burning final, he put everything he had into the shot and watched it fizz high into the top corner from outside the area. Kepa Arrizabalaga went for the ball with his wrong hand and Leicester were on their way.
In the 89th minute, Chelsea thought they had found the equaliser when Chilwell got in around the back to prod goalward and the ball ricocheted off Calgar Soyuncu to fly in off the substitute, Wes Morgan. And yet the football gods would smile on Leicester, VAR ruling that Chilwell had strayed offside.
The five minutes of added time were nerve-shredding for Leicester but when the whistle went, the celebrations exploded like a firecracker.
For Leicester, it was a first major cup final appearance since 2000 when they beat Tranmere in the League Cup and if the club had felt the absence the players carried a more recent pain. Several of them had referenced last season’s Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa. They were on a mission to avenge.
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