Chelsea 0-1 Leicester – FA Cup final LIVE SCORE: Tielemans thunderbolt puts Foxes ahead in Wembley showdown

LEICESTER are closing in on a huge upset against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Youri Tielemans has fired a sensational strike past Kepa to put the Foxes on course to lift the trophy for the first time.

21 thousand supporters are in attendance at Wembley as the country slowly returns to normal – the largest capacity since the start of the pandemic.

Thomas Tuchel has been in charge of Chelsea for less than four months but has a chance to win a first trophy as their manager today.

Leicester meanwhile have not reached an FA Cup final since 1969 and have never won the competition.

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    76 SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea boss Tuchel is going for it as he makes his side even more attack-minded.

    Havertz and Hudson-Odoi replace Jorginho and Azpilicueta respectively.

    Thomas is alright, by the way…

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    75 Azpilicueta and Thomas have quite a nasty clash of heads.

    The players are receiving treatment on the pitch and that will allow Chelsea boss Tuchel to make some changes

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    75 Tielemans' world-class finish is also a big deal for Belgian football, it seems.

    More below:

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    73 Chelsea are gaining ground and pushing for an equaliser.

    But Leicester's defence is rock-solid so far…

    Here's what Tielemans' goal means for the Foxes:

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    72 There is no one else the Leicester stars could celebrate that goal with.

    Incredible scenes at Wembley, but Chelsea can't be counted out as they are gaining ground on the pitch

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    70 Absolute stunner by Tielemans.

    The midfielder has been Leicester's most influential player and the one leading the Foxes' offense in the last few minutes before the goal

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    Chelsea boss Tuchel is shaking things up after Tielamans' screamer.

    Pulisic and Chilwell come on for Ziyech and Alonso respectively

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    Leicester boss Rodgers is adding some more quality to his midfield as Maddison replaces Iheanacho

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    65 Leicester, and more specifically Tielemans, have fired up the FA Cup Final!

    What an incredible goal! Oh, and enjoy the roar of the crowd!

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    63 What an incredible goal by Tielemans! One of the best strikes in FA Cup Final history!

    The Leicester star midfielder has been the best on the pitch and deserves this goal.

    The Belgium international picks the ball up in 30 yards and fires a sensational shot that gives no chance for Kepa, who watrches the ball hit his top right corner!

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    GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!

    LEICESTER OPENT HE SCORING WITH TIELEMANS' SCREAMER!!!!!

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    60 Wembley is looking fine in today's FA Cup Final!

    The game, not so much…

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    58 The opening moments of the first half saw possession being evenly shared.

    But Leicester have stepped up and are pushing Chelsea back, mostly thanks to Tielemans' crosses

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    55 It feels like Leicester's fans are more vocal so far in the FA Cup Final.

    Regardless, this is an incredible atmosphere at Wembley

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    53 CHANCE!

    Chelsea ace Jorginho plays Kante down the right flank and the star midfielder whips in a cross towards Alonso in the box.

    The Spaniard gets the header but the ball goes straight to Schmeichel's safe pair of hands

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    52 Leicester manager Rodgers is preparing Maddison, who could become a key player.

    Tielemans has been impressive, but Maddison's inclusion will add some much-needed extra creativity.

    The midfielder's introduction doesn't seem too far away

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    50 The roar of the crowd has really been missed after every single promising pass or hard tackle.

    Just now we got to listen to it as Albrighton tries to find Vardy with a beautiful ball from the right side of midfield but Kepa reads it well and clears it

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    48 Not much to show from the first half, but Mount continues to impress.

    Check it out:

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    46 No changes from either side, reminding you that Evans hobbled off in the first half in what looked like another recurrence of that heel injury.

    Both teams seemed a little nervy in the first half and the fans' return may have been the reason.

    Both sets of players have forgotten the feeling

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    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    AND OFF WE GO AGAIN AT WEMBLEY!!!!!!

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    STATS

    Chelsea dominated a mere 56 per cent of possession in the first half of the FA Cup Final.

    The Blues registered eight shots, but none of them were on target.

    Leicester also failed to get a shot on target in what was a hapless first 45 minutes at Wembley Stadium.

    The Foxes recorded a total of five shots that never worried Kepa Arrizabalaga; not that Kasper Schmeichel ever felt threatened…

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    Quite a hapless first half at Wembley Stadium as Leicester and Chelsea are goalless.

    Both teams failed to register a shot on target which made the fans' return, and cheers, as the only major highlight of the FA Cup Final so far.

    The Foxes were unlucky as they lost defender Jonny Evans to an injury and thus Marc Albrighton replaced him.

    Maybe the drama will come in the second half…

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    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

    AND THAT'S HALF-TIME AT WEMBLEY!!!!!!

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    45 CHANCE!

    Leicester get another chance and it is thanks to a ball by Tielemans once more.

    The Belgian finds Vardy inside the box and his header just misses Kepa's bottom right corner.

    That's what the Foxes need, space for Tielamans so that he can get a good cross in the box.

    Two more minutes of stoppage time to go…

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    44 CHANCE!

    Leicester give the ball away in midfield as Albrighton accidentally passes it to Werner.

    The Chelsea star runs down the attackign third, gets on the edge of the box and delivers a shot that just misses Schmeichel's bottom right corner.

    No shots on target so far as we approach half-time…

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