Iheanacho winner takes Leicester to first FA Cup final since 1969

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City receives the ball from James Maddison of Leicester City during the Semi Final of the Emirates FA Cup between Leicester City and Southampton FC at Wembley Stadium on April 18, 2021 in London, England.

Leicester City reached their first FA Cup final since 1969 as Kelechi Iheanacho's second-half goal gave them victory over Southampton at Wembley.

Iheanacho was the beneficiary of fine work by Jamie Vardy to score at the second attempt 10 minutes after the interval.

The game was played in front of 4,000 supporters as part of a pilot scheme, with research being carried out on allowing fans back in to sporting events as coronavirus restrictions are eased.

Tickets were limited to residents of Brent - the north London borough where Wembley Stadium is situated - and key workers.

Those inside Wembley witnessed a mainly dour game but Leicester, playing in their first semi-final since 1982, will not care - and neither will their followers.

Southampton were strangely lacking in intensity, barely threatening Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Ibrahima Diallo went closest to an equaliser for the Saints but his powerful drive went just wide.

Brendan Rodgers' side will now face Chelsea in the final on 15 May, their first appearance in the showpiece since they lost 1-0 against Manchester City in 1969.

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