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Leicester City v Southampton Live Commentary, 18/04/21

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K. Iheanacho (55)
Wembley Stadium


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Leicester will face off against Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 15 at Wembley. The Foxes return to action in the Premier League on Thursday at home to West Brom. Southampton have to pick themselves up for their next outing on the road to Tottenham on Wednesday.
Leicester City advance to the FA Cup final for the first time since 1969. Kelechi Iheanacho's second-half strike was the difference, allowing them to defeat Southampton by a 1-0 margin at Wembley. It was not a classic performance from the Foxes, but they were clinical when it mattered the most to earn their place in the final.
90' + 5' Ward-Prowse sends his delivery straight down the throat of Schmeichel and the referee ends the contest.
90' + 4' Evans jumps with Vestergaard and fouls the Southampton defender. There will be one last chance for the Saints to lift a ball into the box. Forster goes forward from the back.
90' + 3' Vestergaard rises to nod Ward-Prowse's free-kick towards goal, but it trickles into the hands of Schmeichel. Leicester are almost over the line.
90' + 2' BLOCK! Iheanacho dribbles his way through the Southampton defence before drilling a right-footed shot towards goal, but Salisu makes a vital block to stop his goalbound effort.
J. Bednarek
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Bednarek is booked for his challenge on Vardy.
90' Bednarek catches Vardy late on the left flank and it will hand the Foxes a further opportunity to take time off the clock.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
87' Time is running out for the Saints in the final third. They've been too quiet over the last 10 minutes, they need to pressure the Leicester defence.
M. Salisu
R. Bertrand
85' Salisu is on for Bertrand down the left flank for the Saints.
N. Tella
K. Walker-Peters
84' Tella replaces Walker-Peters on the right flank for the closing stages of the game.
84' Maddison tries to release Vardy in the final third, but the forward moves a fraction too soon and is caught offside.
83' Iheanacho goes down wincing in pain after a collision with Vestergaard, but he appears okay to continue.
81' Leicester have come close to putting the game away, but there remains time for Southampton to force a late leveller.
79' CLOSE! Maddison takes possession 25 yards out and unleashes a powerful strike towards goal. However, his effort just drifts away from goal at the last second, travelling wide of the left post.
77' CHANCE! Iheanacho turns away from Vestergaard and Ward-Prowse before offloading towards Maddison. The midfielder shoots on his left foot, but sends his effort over the bar. That was a huge chance to take the game away from the Saints.
75' Castagne is tripped by Walker-Peters and the Foxes are awarded a free-kick. Albrighton whips the ball into the area, but the Saints are able to clear their lines.
T. Walcott
M. Djenepo
72' Djenepo is replaced by Walcott on the right flank for the Saints.
71' Maddison wins a free-kick on the left flank, but then gets his delivery all wrong blasting it out for a goal-kick. No Leicester player had a chance there.
J. Maddison
Ayoze Pérez
Leicester City
69' Maddison replaces Perez in the Leicester midfield to support Vardy and Iheanacho in the final third.
66' The Saints have issued a strong response since going behind, but Hasenhuttl's men have to be better in front of goal to get the equaliser their play deserves.
64' CLOSE! Diallo latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and lines up a strike on the half-volley. He connects sweetly with his attempt that whistles past the left post.
62' Ward-Prowse sends an incisive throughball to Ings in the right inside-channel. Soyuncu narrowly missing a connecting with a sliding challenge before the forward sends a backheel that Schmeichel gathers.
61' BLOCK AND OVER! Ings surges forward and offloads towards Adams in the box. Evans blocks the strike from the forward before Diallo blasts over on the rebound.
M. Albrighton
Ricardo Pereira
Leicester City
60' Albrighton comes on to replace Ricardo at wing-back for the Foxes.
60' Ward-Prowse delivers a dangerous cross into the box from the left flank, forcing Schmeichel to punch clear from under his bar.
C. Adams
N. Redmond
59' Redmond is withdrawn for the Saints and Adams replaces him in the final third.
58' Djenepo is played down the left flank into space. His cross is diverted behind by Fofana, although the winger claims it was with the arm of the Leicester defender. The referee is not interested in the Saints' appeal for a penalty.
57' Each of the last four goals scored at Wembley in the FA Cup have been scored by African players - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brace in last season's final, Hakim Ziyech yesterday and Iheanacho today.
K. Iheanacho
Leicester City
55' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! IHEANACHO CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!! 1-0 LEICESTER!!!!! The Foxes take the lead against the run of play as Iheanacho steers a strike home at the second attempt. Vardy is released down the left flank by Ricardo and he surges into the inside channel. He spots Ihenacho in space and offloads to his team-mate. Vestergaard blocks the forward's first effort, but the rebound falls kindly for the Nigerian to fire past Forster.
54' Redmond drops into space between the Leicester defence and midfield. He collects an offload and looks for the run of Ings, but the forward is caught offside as he tries to reach the throughball.
52' Bertrand looks for the first-time ball over the top, but Redmond and Ings are both on their heels allowing Schmeichel to collect on the edge of his box.
50' OVER! Ward-Prowse floats a cross into the box for Vestergaard to attack, but he directs his header over the bar.
Ç. Söyüncü
Yellow Card
Leicester City
49' Soyuncu brings down Walker-Peters down the right flank and goes into the book. The Saints have a free-kick in a good position for Ward-Prowse to deliver.
46' We're back under way at Wembley.
The Saints have been too passive and have not been able to work Danny Ings into the contest. Ralph Hasenhuttl needs a spark from his team in the second half.
It's goalless at the break in the FA Cup semi-final clash between Leicester City and Southampton at Wembley. Chances have been thin on the ground for both sides, although Jamie Vardy came the closest when he clipped a left-footed strike over the bar. Both sides need to improve in the final third in the second half to realise their dream of reaching the final.
45' + 1' Ward-Prowse lifts a cross into the box, but Soyuncu is alert and clears with authority before the referee ends the half.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' Perez brings down Ward-Prowse on the right flank, and the Saints are awarded a free-kick. It will be the last chance of the first half.
44' Vardy wins a corner on the left flank and Tielemans launches a cross deep to the back post. Evans nods the ball across the face of goal, but Vestergaard and Walker-Peters do enough to prevent Vardy heading home from two yards.
42' OVER! Tielemans lifts a cross into the box from the resulting corner. Ndidi rises highest in the area, only to glance his header over the bar.
41' Castagne is played into space down the right flank and he tries to pick out Vardy. The two players are not on the same wavelength, and Bertrand makes the intervention to guide the ball out for a corner.
38' The Saints are growing into the contest, but neither team have been able to sustain an attacking threat in the first half.
36' Fofana makes an important intervention at the back post to nod a flick-on from Redmond away from Djenepo lurking at the back post.
35' Southampton win a corner down the left flank and Ward-Prowse sends a low ball into the middle. Bertrand tries to connect on his left foot, but he fails to guide a strike towards the target.
34' CHANCE! Perez threads a throughball for the run of Vardy in the left-inside channel. He takes a heavy touch that forces him further wide before he tries to clip a strike over Forster, but can only send his effort over the bar.
32' Ward-Prowse whips a dangerous cross into the box from the right flank. Vestergaard attempts to challenge for the ball, but the Foxes clear the danger. Djenepo tries to force a strike at goal, but he cannot penetrate a wall of blue shirts.
31' Perez brings Walker-Peters down the right flank, which will hand Southampton a chance to whip a free-kick into the box. Ward-Prowse stands over the ball.
29' Ings has a surge forward on the edge of the box, but he goes down under pressure from Ndidi. The Saints appeal for a free-kick, but the referee is not interested.
27' Vardy and Perez combine with a couple of one-twos in the final third before the Spaniard floats a left-footed cross to the back post. However, the delivery sails over the head of Iheanacho and out for a goal-kick.
24' BLOCK! Vardy turns with menace in the final third and strikes at goal from the edge of the box. Vestergaard throws himself in the way of the strike to take the pace off it, and Forster races to his right to prevent the corner.
22' Vardy tries to get the better of Bednarek down the left flank, but the defender does enough to fend off the forward and win back possession.
21' Perez drifts into space down the left flank behind Walker-Peters. He tries to force a low ball towards Iheanacho, but his cross fails to beat Bednarek at the near post.
20' Armstrong works the ball to Redmond on the right flank. He hangs a cross to the back post where Ings tries to force it back across the face of goal, but he fails to connect with his left foot.
17' Perez and Vardy combine with a neat one-two in the final third, but the Spaniard fails to pick out Iheanacho in space in the right-inside channel.
14' Iheanacho surges down the right flank and rolls the ball back towards Perez in the centre of the pitch. He catches Armstrong with a challenge, and the Saints are awarded a free-kick.
12' Both teams have been slightly tentative in the early stages of the game. Neither has been able to string together a series of passes in the final third.
10' Schmeichel has to be alert at the back to clear ahead of Ings as Djenepo tries to release the forward over the top.
10' Vestergaard makes an important interception at the back to deny Iheanacho as the Nigerian attempts to turn in the final third.
7' Fofana is a fraction late on Djenepo down the left flank, but he manages to avoid a booking. There have been a few strong challenges in the early stages of the contest.
6' Vardy requires treatment on the field, although he appears to be okay to continue.
I. Diallo
Yellow Card
5' Diallo goes into the book as he oversteps on Vardy as the striker makes his challenge, catching him late. The midfielder now has to play the next 85 minutes very carefully.
4' OVER! Tielemans gains the ball in the middle of the park following a neat challenge by Vardy on Diallo. The Belgian offloads towards Perez on the left flank. He cuts back to shoot on his right foot, only to send his effort over the bar.
1' We're under way at Wembley.
Leicester beat Southampton 2-0 in the Premier League earlier this season – they’ve not beaten the Saints twice in the same season since the 2011-12 Championship campaign.
Southampton have made only one change to their side from their defeat to West Brom. Walcott drops to the bench and is replaced by Djenepo on the right flank. Hasenhuttl keeps faith in his team, despite their heavy defeat last time out. Forster retains his place between the posts over McCarthy.
Leicester have made two changes to their side that was beaten last time out by West Ham. Perez is recalled after his breach of Covid-19 regulations to replace Praet, joining Vardy and Iheanacho in the final third. Praet drops to the bench along with the other alteration to the side Amartey. Soyuncu comes into the back three to replace the defender. Maddison and Choudhury, who also breached Covid-19 rules, start from the bench.
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Alex McCarthy, Jack Stephens, Che Adams, Mohammed Salisu, Nathan Tella, Theo Walcott, Daniel N'Lundulu, Will Ferry, Alexandre Jankewitz.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2): Fraser Forster; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand; Moussa Djenepo, James Ward-Prowse, Ibrahima Diallo, Stuart Armstrong; Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond.
LEICESTER CITY SUBS: James Maddison, Marc Albrighton, Danny Ward, Daniel Amartey, Cengiz Under, Hamza Choudhury, Nampalys Mendy, Dennis Praet, Luke Thomas.
LEICESTER CITY (3-4-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans; Ricardo Pereira, Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, Timothy Castage; Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy, Ayoze Perez.
Southampton last reached the FA Cup final in the 2002/03 campaign when they were beaten by Arsenal. They also progressed to the last four in the 2016/17 season under Mark Hughes, only to lose out to Chelsea. Ralph Hasenhuttl's men have beaten Shrewsbury Town, Arsenal, Wolves and Bournemouth to progress to the last four, but the Foxes present their biggest challenge of the competition thus far. Their recent form has been patchy to say the least, losing 3-0 to West Brom last time out. The Saints need their best effort tonight.
Leicester City can reach the FA Cup final for the first time since the 1968/69 season with a victory this evening. The Foxes have beaten Stoke City, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United to reach the last four of the competition. Brendan Rodgers' men enter the contest off the back of successive defeats to Manchester City and West Ham United in the Premier League. Therefore, they must now raise their standards against the Saints to take their place in the final. 
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the FA Cup semi-final clash between Leicester City and Southampton at Wembley.