Youri Tielemans has fired Leciester City to their first FA Cup in the club’s history.
The Foxes stunned Chelsea thanks to a second-half strike from the Belgian as they ran out 1-0 winners at Wembley.
It was a tight encounter in the first half, but it came alive after the break as Tielemans fired home a long-range effort to put Leicester in front.
Chelsea had their chances towards the end, none bigger than Ben Chilwell’s goal that was chopped off by VAR, but they came up short on the day.
Here are the winners and losers from the big match.
Football and the fans
Regardless of who won the match, the real winners were always going to be football and the fans.
After such a difficult period with the pandemic, seeing 21,000 supporters inside Wembley is a huge step in the right direction.
For Leicester fans, what a treat not just to be to watch their side again, but to get a front-row seat of them lifting the trophy.
And for everyone watching at home, it was equally as pleasing.
Hearing Leciester supporters boo Timo Werner after a heavy challenge on Luke Thomas or chanting ‘there’s only one Jonny Evans’ as the defender limped off injured, those are moments you forget that you missed.
Then there were the scenes that ensued from Youri Tieleman’s winning strike. Priceless.
The Belgian was easily one of the best players on the pitch so it came as no surprise he was the one who broke the deadlock in what was a cagey affair up until that point
And what a stunning strike it was.
The midfielder picked up the ball, drove at Chelsea’s defence and made them pay for not closing him down, before unleashing a beauty into the top corner.
Kepa had no chance whatsoever and Chelsea’s appeals of a handball in the build-up from Ayoze Perez were waved away.
Tielemans was the match-winner and produced one of the best strikes ever witnessed in an FA Cup final.
The head coach outmaneuvered Thomas Tuchel to win his first piece of silverware in English football and it was thoroughly deserved.
He’s been a breath of fresh air since arriving back in the Premier League from Celtic and now he has the trophy to cap it off.
It just happens to be Leciester’s first-ever FA Cup as well, a remarkable achievement that will only cause his stock to rise.
Leicester were more than a match for Chelsea and the victory was fully deserved for the Foxes.
Tuchel hasn’t taken many L’s since arriving at Stamford Bridge, but this is one of them.
The fact he has led Chelsea to two finals considering where they were means some perspective is needed, but they didn’t threaten Leicester nearly enough.
Kai Havertz’ and Ben Chilwell’s omission were questionable considering their recent form, but even when he did make changes, they came too late in the day.
He got this one wrong and all of a sudden, he is faced with a big few weeks as they try to seal a top-four finish and none other than a Champions League final.
The English striker will feel hard done by that he was left out of the matchday squad.
Abraham has been surplus to requirements under Tuchel since he arrived at the club, but it was surprising to see him not even make the bench.
Timo Werner started as the no.9 but failed to create any clear-cut chances and having an Abraham at Chelsea’s disposal wouldn’t have been the worst option to turn to.
The fact he wasn’t picked as a substitute surely does not bode well for his Chelsea future.