A disappointing sport was settled 10 minutes after the interval because the in-form Nigerian striker slotted on the second try after good work by Jamie Vardy.
Leicester, who’ve by no means gained the FA Cup and final appeared within the remaining in 1969, will face Chelsea on Might 15.
A crowd of round 4,000, primarily native residents and key employees, have been allowed to attend the semi-final as a part of a take a look at occasion for the return of crowds as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
There was treasured little for them to get enthusiastic about in a boring first half, however the second interval was marginally higher.
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It was no shock that Iheanacho scored the winner as he has now netted 10 instances in his final seven video games.
Southampton, who had not conceded a objective in reaching the semi-finals, hardly ever threatened and did not drive a save out of Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Iheanacho was already the highest-scoring African participant within the FA Cup, having overtaken Chelsea’s Didier Drogba (12) by scoring within the 3-1 defeat of Manchester United within the quarter-final.
His 14th within the competitors was all concerning the tenaciousness of Vardy, and just a little little bit of luck.
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Vardy turned effectively on the left flank and powered ahead earlier than reducing a go again in the direction of Iheanacho who had cleverly discovered some house within the space.
His first effort, which was going broad, was blocked however the ball got here again to him and he side-footed previous Fraser Forster.
“It is wonderful for the membership who’ve waited a very long time to get to an FA Cup remaining,” supervisor Brendan Rodgers stated. “We deserved it immediately, we defended very robust.
“Tight sport with a lot at stake. You’re employed so exhausting and it is a chance to create historical past to your membership. Focus was good, defended effectively once we needed to.”
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Vardy wasted Leicester’s solely actual probability earlier than the break after being performed in by Youri Tielemans.
After Iheanacho’s objective, Leicester appeared comfy with substitute James Maddision failing to hit the goal with a few good possibilities.
The closest Southampton got here to an equaliser was an Ibrahima Diallo effort narrowly astray however it was a timid show by the south coast aspect.
“We left all the things on the pitch that was potential for us however we had no pictures on track,” Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuettl stated. “We did not have a number of possibilities within the remaining third, one or two good moments however it wasn’t sufficient.
“We noticed a not superb soccer sport to be sincere with each groups just a little nervous.”