Chelsea have qualified for the Emirates FA Cup final following their 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
A first half brace from Willian and then crucial goals in the second from Eden Hazard and Nenmaja Matic ensured that the Blues are on course for a domestic double
It was Victor Moses that won a late penalty kick for Chelsea as the Blues took a 2-1 lead in the first half
Willian scored both goals for Chelsea while Harry Kane was responsible for Spurs’ only goal in the first.
Early in the second half, Dele Alli drew Spurs level before Chelsea replied with more goals which saw them cruising.
Chelsea started fast, bright, and bushy tailed and grabbed an early goal through a brilliant Willian free kick after Alderweireld took out Pedro in a move that started with new boys Aké (deputizing for the under the weather Cahill) and Batshuayi (deputizing for the dropped Costa).
Spurs were having a fair bit of trouble handling the speed of Pedro and Willian, and Batshuayi was sticking to his target man task very well, knocking balls down for runners to get onto. But then Spurs scored — Harry Kane conjuring up a ridiculously stooping header on a cross that he had no right to redirect on goal — and Chelsea suddenly were second best as Spurs settled into a bit more controlled possession.
Chelsea stuck to their task during this period and then took the lead again after Victor Moses won a penalty against surprise Spurs left back Son Heung-min. With Hazard on the bench (Conte’s big lineup surprise!), Willian stepped up to dispatch it with ease. Two goals for the Man Who Hates Tottenham.
Hugo Lloris then got away with a deliberate hand ball outside of his area. Needed a video referee for that call.
Marcos Alonso then got himself needlessly booked just before the half-time whistle, but otherwise so far so good. Not sure the goals are done however, so hopefully the boys in blue can grab at least one more.
it took Spurs just seven minutes after the restart to peg their London rivals back once again as Alli produced an emphatic finish to fire Eriksen’s sublime ball past Courtois.
Conte called for the cavalry on the hour mark in an effort to regain control of the match, with Costa and Hazard replacing Michy Batshuayi and goalscorer Willian for the final half an hour.
Spurs may have been glad to see the back of the Brazilian, but they were given an untimely reminder of Chelsea’s strength in depth when Hazard gave the Blues the lead for the third time with just 15 minutes remaining.
A corner was only cleared as far as the Belgian on the edge of the area, and Spurs could not get out in time to prevent him from taking a touch and drilling a low strike into the bottom corner.
Spurs quickly set off in search for a third equaliser, but their hopes of ending their semi-final hoodoo were blasted away in emphatic fashion when Matic capped off the scoring with a thunderous 25-yard effort that left Lloris no chance in the Tottenham goal.
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