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Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan of Leicester City lift the Emirates FA Cup. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)

Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan of Leicester City lift the Emirates FA Cup. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)

Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan of Leicester City lift the Emirates FA Cup. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)

It felt like football rediscovered its soul at Wembley as Leicester City beat Chelsea in an FA Cup final that had the most dramatic of final twists.

After so many months of watching games before empty, echoing stands, 21,000 spectators were in attendance as Leicester claimed a victory that will be etched into their folklore as one of their greatest moments.

Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt strike sealed Leicester’s maiden FA Cup triumph with a gritty 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley, with a late VAR decision denying Chelsea an equaliser that looked set to send the game into extra-time.

Belgium midfielder Tielemans rifled an unstoppable effort into the top corner from 25 yards, as Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes put another genuine stamp on years of recent quality.

Former Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell saw a last-gasp Chelsea effort ruled out for offside after a video assistant referee review, while Kasper Schmeichel earlier made a superb save to deny Mason Mount.

Leicester’s Premier League title win of 2016 might have come against all possible odds, but the east Midlands men have never since wilted.

"So happy I can't begin to describe it," said an emotional Schmeichel. "What a day. Indescribable, it's what dreams are made of, I've dreamt about this since I was child, we have talked about wanting to win trophies.

"The performance today, the grit and determination, I'm so proud of everybody, everybody contributed to get to the final everyone has played and been sensational.

"Everyone behind the scenes, all the team behind the team, medical staff and everyone. That's why when you work together and do things properly and you have an internal belief that's what we can achieve."

Schmeichel also gave his verdict on the two key moments in the game, as he reflected on the Tielemans winner and the late VAR decision that handed Leicester their win.

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Youri Tielemans of Leicester City scores their side's first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Youri Tielemans of Leicester City scores their side's first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Youri Tielemans of Leicester City scores their side's first goal during The Emirates FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

"Youri Tielemans, wow what a finish. I didn't dare to celebrate because of VAR but wow," he added.

"Today is an amazing day, a great day we will enjoy it thoroughly, but we are training tomorrow we play them on Tuesday again in another massive game. Today we enjoy it but we can't for too long because they are a top class side and they will want revenge."

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers became the first manage to win the Scottish and English FA Cups since Alex Ferguson as he added to his reputation with a Wembley win that ensure he became the first manager from the island of Ireland to win the FA Cup since Terry Neill lifted the trophy with Arsenal in 1979.

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"It's an amazing feeling," declared the former Celtic boss. "I wasn't aware before I came to Leicester that they'd never won the FA cup, they'd lost in four finals previous so to be able to give that to the owners and the fans, so special.

"So proud, the board players staff, supporters, an amazing day for the city, so proud for everyone.

"I've been in six finals before and won them, today is the seventh and it's the FA Cup so it's truly special. It means so much to us, so proud, but happier for everyone else.

"The success of this team and club is getting to positions like this and competing, the so-called bigger clubs are expected to win but our success is competing and if we can perform like today we can go and win, what a day for everyone involved with Leicester."

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Players of Leicester City throw Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City in the air after victory in The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Players of Leicester City throw Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City in the air after victory in The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Players of Leicester City throw Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City in the air after victory in The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)

Tielemans managed to keep his cool as he put words to a goal that will forever be remembered as one of Leicester's greatest moments

"It feels really good, it’s amazing, I’m really glad to score the goal to help the team to win the game," said the Belgian.

"It was a really tight game and to score in the final but what a goal that was! So I’m really happy for the team and for the fans.

"Today I got a text message saying I had to aim for the top corner. I did it and I’m really happy!

"It was really special to have the fans in today, I hope everyone was safe. The fans watching from home too, they have supported us all the year through. I hope they are proud of us and I’m sure they are."

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