Joel Miansiantima of BCOMs reflects on Sunday's Emirates FA Cup semi-final

Monday 19 Apr 2021
Leicester City edged past Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final on Sunday

Kelechi Iheanacho's goal helped Leicester City to a 1-0 win over Southampton, putting the Foxes into their first FA Cup Final since 1969.

This match welcomed back spectators into the ground at Wembley, but on a whole was played out quite apprehensively at times from both teams, especially in the first half.

Jamie Vardy had the first half's best chance, after Youri Tielemans' threaded through-ball put the Englishman through on goal, but the striker's dinked effort sailed over the bar.

Southampton struggled to consistently create any meaningful chances in the game, with Leicester stopping the Saints progressing the ball through the midfield.

Thus, it was no real surprise to see Leicester be the team to break the deadlock.

Some excellent work from Vardy on the left hand side saw him burst into the box, before cutting the ball back for Iheanacho, whose first effort was blocked, but the Nigerian slotted the ball past Fraser Forster at the second time of asking.

Southampton, to their credit did respond strongly and midfielder Ibrahima Diallo fired an excellent volley narrowly past the post of Kasper Schmeichel's goal.

Ultimately though, the Foxes were able to hang on and book their place into next month's Emirates FA Cup Final against Chelsea, in a bid to win the trophy for the very first time.

By Joel Miansiantima Black Collective of Media in Sport graduate