That’s it for tonight’s blog. I’ll leave you with David Hytner’s match report. Thanks for your company and emails, and congratulations to Leicester on a glorious performance. Night!
Iheanacho double sinks Manchester United and puts Leicester in last four
Here’s the magnificent Youri Tielemans
“It was a really good team performance. Everyone worked together, everyone was positive. It was a very hard game and I think we did brilliantly. [On the goal] I just saw the space, ran into it and tried to keep the shot low. Then Kelechi killed the game on a set-piece. He’s a good character – he’s very shy but always happy. [His current form] is brilliant for him and the team also.”
Apparently there were 28 passes before Tielemans’ goal, which makes it even better.
Here’s Kelechi Iheanacho
“I feel great and the whole team are happy. We’ve really been waiting for this moment, to get into the FA Cup semi-final [for the first time since 1982]. We worked really well in training to get ready for this game tactically. I think we were fitter than them in the game and that helped us, and we passed the ball really well.
“The partnership [with Jamie Vardy] is really helping us and the team. He helps me so much – creating the space, coming short, making runs in behind. I’m really enjoying it, so hopefully we’ll keep working together.”
Then, as the interview ends, Iheanacho looks to the camera, clenches his fist and shouts “Come on!”
A beaming James Maddison is down on the touchline, hugging his team-mates as they come off the field. It’s been the happiest of days for Leicester.
Full time: Leicester City 3-1 Manchester United
Peep peep! Leicester have reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time in 39 years, where they will play Southampton. Their performance was almost flawless, full of intelligence, purpose, dynamism and ruthlessness. Kelechi Iheanacho scored two and had a stormer, with the brilliant Youri Tielemans getting the other goal. There were also outstanding performances from Wilfred Ndidi, Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu and Brendan Rodgers. United were poor by their standards but many of their errors were forced by Leicester, who pulled off one of their most rousing victories since Rodgers took over. Honestly, they were wonderful.
90+2 min Martial’s downward header is saved comfortably by Schmeichel.
88 min A sizzling, angry free-kick from Fernandes is tipped over smartly by Schmeichel.
87 min The world being in the state it is, most of the post-match focus will be on United’s inadequacies. That’s not fair on Leicester. Even by their admirable standards of the last two seasons, they have been absolutely brilliant tonight. And Brendan Rodgers has won the tactical battle hands down.
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85 min On the plus side, at least United didn’t lose another semi-final.
82 min A change for Leicester: Hamza Choudhury replaces Jamie Vardy, who was a constant menace even though he is clearly out of form in front of goal.
81 min “Just joined, somewhat late, and saw your post about John Beck,” says Richard Hirst. “Has there ever been such a big difference between player and manager: he was quite a footballing midfielder for Fulham, the complete antithesis of what he became as a manager.”
George Graham? I suppose Beck still wins.
80 min The scoreline is a fair reflection of the game. It’s been a masterful performance from Leicester – and they are playing without three or four regulars.
Leicester had a free-kick on the left wing. Albrighton swiung it deep, McTominay misjudged it and Iheanacho headed in from a few yards out. Henderson, scrambling across his goal, got hands on the ball but could only push it into the net.
GOAL! Leicester 3-1 Man Utd (Iheanacho 78)
Leicester City are heading into the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1982!
Iheanacho scores his second goal. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC/Getty Images
A general view inside the stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths – The FA/The FA/Getty Images
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76 min It’s all United now, though Leicester are well organised defensively and Kasper Schmeichel still hasn’t had much to do.
75 min Evans is booked for a hopelessly late tackle on Fernandes.
74 min If it stays like this, there will be plenty of talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to leave Shaw, Fernandes and McTominay on the bench. Maybe he really meant what he said about league position > trophies.
73 min A Leicester change: Dennis Praet replaces Ayoze Perez.
72 min McTominay is booked for bundling over Perez near the halfway line. I’m not sure it was a foul, but there you go.
70 min Fernandes’s cross is headed behind by the stretching Evans. This is United’s best spell of the match. Fernandes’s corner is headed away by, yes, Ndidi.
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70 min Soyuncu’s awkward long pass is killed sweetly by Iheanacho, who then pokes it forward to leave Vardy one against one with Maguire. But this time Maguire keeps his legs closed and intercepts with authority.
69 min “Every time Castagne gets the ball,” says Gavin Herbert, “I’m reminded of this.”
68 min This is now United’s best available XI, and they are dominating for the firest time since the early stages. Wan-Bissaka hammers a cross that hits Cavani in the chest/arm before he has time to react. Moments later, McTominay’s flicked header is comfortably saved by Schmeichel.
65 min McTominay wins a corner for United. Fernandes curls it out, Maguire heads it across the area and Albrighton clears.
64 min The quadruple substitution: Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani replace Matic, Telles, Pogba and van de Beek.
Solskjae makes four substitutions bringing on Shaw, Cavani, McTominay and Fernandes. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
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64 min Telles overhits the free-kick and it drifts out of play. That’s his last touch of the game.
63 min Martial is fouled 30 yards from goal by Evans, who insists it was a dive. Replays suggest it probably was, but Andre Marriner has given the free-kick.
62 min Perez runs at a backpedalling United defence but then sprays high and wide from 25 yards. This has been a scintillating performance from Leicester – and they are doing it without Harvey Barnes and James Maddison.
61 min Lindelof does very well to beat Vardy to a near-post cross from Albrighton. It’s all Leicester at the moment, and I’m surprised we haven’t seen Bruno Fernandes. United have been completely outplayed.
60 min Tielemans and Ndidi have been majestic today. So has Iheanacho, who took his goal expertly but has been a revelation in general play.
58 min: Vardy misses a sitter! Leicester should be out of sight. Ndidi won the ball off Greenwood on the halfway line and found Iheanacho. He slid a pass down the inside-left channel to Vardy, who nutmegged Maguire deliciously to move through on goal but then shot wide of the near post from 10 yards. “Fucking shite!” he screams, and it was.
57 min The corner is half cleared, and Greenwood goes on a mazy run before hitting a cross that is cleared by Soyuncu. Telles picks up the loose ball and hits a booming shot that flashes past the far post. Schmeichel seemed pretty relaxed, so maybe it wasn’t as close as it looked.
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