Leicester reached the FA Cup last for the primary time in 52 years as Kelechi Iheanacho’s solitary purpose earned a 1-0 win over Southampton in entrance of 4,000 followers at Wembley on Sunday. The most important crowd for a soccer match in England for 13 months was made up of key employees and native residents as a part of a take a look at occasion for the return of followers in larger numbers within the coming weeks. An 8,000 crowd might be in attendance at Wembley subsequent Sunday for the League Cup last between Manchester Metropolis and Tottenham, whereas 21,000 will welcome Leicester again to the house of English soccer for the FA Cup last towards Chelsea on Might 15.
“Even thought there have been solely 4,000 it felt nice,” mentioned Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
“Will probably be superb after we get supporters again into stadiums. I did hear some Leicester supporters in there and it was very nice.
“We have now the possibility to create historical past. That’s what this sport is about, making a reminiscence. I’ve been made conscious since I have been at Leicester how essential this cup is for the supporters.”
There was little for the neutrals to get enthusiastic about on the sector, although, as Leicester struggled to place away an out-of-sorts Southampton, who had been counting on Cup glory to save lots of their season.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s males have gained simply two of their final 14 Premier League video games for the reason that sides final met in January.
“We left every little thing on the pitch at present, however we had no photographs on course,” mentioned Hasenhuttl, whose focus now turns to making sure his facet’s top-flight survival.
Leicester have been the higher facet all through, however failed to check Fraser Forster earlier than half-time as Jamie Vardy fired over from a slender angle earlier than Wilfred Ndidi’s header dropped onto the roof of the web.
The breakthrough got here 10 minutes into the second half as Vardy’s tempo left Jan Bednarek trailing on this wake.
From his cross, Iheanacho fluffed his first effort, however the ball broke kindly again to the Nigerian to fit residence his twelfth purpose in as many video games.
“The FA Cup loves me and I like the FA Cup,” mentioned Iheanacho. “I watched the FA Cup once I was little and now I get the possibility to play within the last. It’s such a giant dream for me.”
Leicester substitute James Maddison twice was inches away from wrapping up the tie with highly effective photographs that flashed simply off course.
However Southampton by no means regarded like getting again on stage phrases because the Foxes comfortably held out for a shot at successful the FA Cup for the primary time of their historical past.