Brendan Rodgers has booked an FA Cup final date against former employers Chelsea after Leicester City edged Southampton 1-0 in a tense semi-final clash at Wembley.
It may not have been the most spectacular clash for the 4,000 fans that were allowed to attend the last-four tussle, but for the Leicester-supporting contingent it will not matter one bit as they are through to their first FA Cup final since 1969.
In a nervy game of few chances, Kelechi Iheanacho proved to be the match-winner, scoring his tenth goal in the last seven games, and 15th for the season, shortly after half-time.
The Nigerian was set up by the tireless Jamie Vardy, who has now gone 11 games without a goal but was a constant menace to the Southampton rearguard.
The Saints did enjoy a good spell shortly after conceding, Ibrahima Diallo firing just wide with what was their best chance, but Ralph Hasenuttl’s men failed to hit the target once in the encounter, while they didn’t even muster a shot in the first half.
The Foxes may not have been at their absolute best but substitute James Maddison could have added a bit more gloss to the scoreline after his introduction, unable to take one of two good chances that came his way, although Leicester deservedly saw out the victory.
Rodgers’ men, who are also battling for a top-four spot in the Premier League, now have the opportunity to win their first ever FA Cup, and they are 6/4 with Betfred to achieve that feat on May 15.
Standing in their way will be Chelsea, conquerors of league leaders Manchester City in Saturday’s semi-final, and Thomas Tuchel’s side have been installed as 1/2 favourites to win their ninth FA Cup next month.