All eyes are on the Super Eagles duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi as they set out for the 141st FA Cup final this evening against Chelsea at the famous Wembley Stadium.
With seven Nigerian players already on the winning roll call of the FA Cup, Iheanacho and Ndidi have enough to draw motivation for a first ever Leicester City triumph on Saturday.
Many are waiting to see how the Foxes will fare against eight-time FA Cup winners, Chelsea who have been enjoying blistering form under their German coach, Thomas Tuchel.
That said, it should be noted that more than half of Chelsea’s FA Cup triumphs were achieved with Nigerian players in their team but there would be none for Saturday’s final.
Celestine Babayaro in the year 2000, and a hat trick of wins by John Obi Mikel 2007, 2009, & 2012 before Victor Moses added another in 2018 form a large chunk of Chelsea’s FA Cup successes.
With their last FA Cup final appearance coming as far back as 1969, Leicester City are clearly the underdogs for this tie but it would be dangerous to bet against Brendan Rodgers’ men.
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Kick-off is 5.15 pm
FA Cup final team news
Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso, Ziyech, Mount, Werner
Subs: Pulisic, Zouma, Mendy, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Gilmour, Havertz, Emerson Palmieri
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas, Perez, Vardy, Iheanacho
Subs: Morgan, Maddison, Albrighton, Ward, Amartey, Choudhury, Ricardo Pereira, Mendy, Praet
Referee: Michael Oliver
Saturday’s game is been played at Wembley Stadium in front of a limited crowd of around 21,000 fans as part of the UK Government’s pilot scheme for the return of crowds to sporting venues.
Players take the kneel ahead of the kick off
kick off at Wembley
Chelsea make an early incursion into Leicester City box but the Foxes relive the pressure
Corner kick for Chelsea
Headed away for a Chelsea throw in
Both the Chelsea coach and his Leicester City counterpart are on their feet
Leicester win free kick in their own half
Good defending by Reece James as he stops Jamie Vardy again
Iheanacho gives away the possession
Another free kick for Chelsea
Kante tries to make a move but he is blocked
Chelsea dominating the possession but still 0-0 after 20 minutes
Iheanacho wins a free kick for Leicester City as Thiago Silva handles the ball with his hand
Ball headed over and goal kick for Chelsea
Ziyech goes but no penalty for Chelsea
Mason Mount with a good attempt but deflected for a corner kick
Schmeichel makes an easy save off the corner kick
Iheanacho wins another free kick for the Foxes
Ndidi commits a foul against Timo Werner and Chelsea get a free kick
Still Chelsea 0 – 0 Leicester City
Werner with an awful attempt for Chelsea
Chelsea with four attempts so far while Leicester City have made two attempts but no shots on target for both teams
Chelsea with their fourth corner of the game none for Leicester so far
At the half-hour mark.. its Chelsea 0 – 0 Leicester
Injury scare for Leicester City as the game as momentarily stopped
Evans can’t contiue and Marc Albrighton comes in for Leicester City
First yellow card for Leicester City’s Foffana
Timo Werner with double shots but defensive shift by Leicester City
Werner gets a Yellow card
Werner with another attempt but the slight touch by Foffana gives Chelsea another corner
Half Time : Chelsea 0-0 Leicester City
All to play for in the second half
The second half is underway!
It is important to note that while Chelsea are gunning for a ninth FA Cup crown, Leicester City don’t have any in their entire history
Good first touch by Iheanacho but the Nigerian is still disposessed of the ball
Rodgers planning another Leicester City change
CHANCE Alonso header not a threat for the Leicester City goalkeeper
Both keepers have largely been on holiday in this game
Leicester City with a corner kick
Luke Thomas with throwing for Leicester City
Leicester City piling the pressure in the right flank and they win another corner kick
GOAL! Leicester in front
Tielemans with wonder strike puts his team ahead
65 Minutes Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City
Iheanacho has been taken off
Chelsea: Ziyech and Alonso make way for Pulisic and Chilwell.
Free kick for Leicester City as Maidson is fouled
A clash of heads there and the game is momentarily stopped
Leicester fans making their voices heard at Wembley
Another double substitution by Chelsea as Kai Havertz replaces Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Azpilicueta.
A great save by Schmeichel denies Chelsea the equaliser
80′ Minutes Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City
Youri Tielemans is the third Belgian to score in an FA Cup final, with the other two going on to lift the trophy that year
Giroud brought in for Werner
Two changes for Leicester – Thomas and Perez make way for Choudhury and club legend Wes Morgan, who hasn’t played since December.
Thiago Silva does well to deny Vardy a shot at goal
Five minutes to go, Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City
Another world-class save denies Mason Mount a Chelsea equaliser
Goal for Chelsea!
NO!!!!! VAR rules off the goal
Five minutes added time
Can Chelsea still find a way back or it will be back-to-back final defeats in the FA Cup
Chelsea fans were cheering, but after the VAR verdict, it’s Leicester who are celebrating like they’ve scored a goal!
FULL TIME Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City
Leicester are FA Cup champions for the first time
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