Chelsea win the London Derby and book their slot in the finals of the FA Cup
Hazard’s and Matic’s second half stunners were too hot to handle for Tottenham as Chelsea rallied to a 4-2 FA Cup semi-final win over Premier League title rivals Tottenham as Antonio Conte’s side kept their double dream alive.
Both teams paid tribute to Ugo Ehiogu before kick off with a minute’s applause following the tragic passing of the Spurs U23 head coach on Friday.
Conte – whose name adorned a banner trailing a light aircraft flown over the stadium – left Eden Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench. Willian made the most of this opportunity with a fourth-minute free-kick and a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
In the 4th minute Chelsea went on a counter attack. Pedro burst through and looked destined to score but was hauled down by Alderweireld in a glorious shooting position. Willian made no mistake with the set-piece and he calmly whipped the ball over the wall and past Lloris via a slight deflection to hand the blues an early lead.
Tottenham Hotspur levelled in the 18th minute when Kane headed home Erisken’s beautiful cross. Eriksen’s initial corner was cleared but the ball was worked back out towards him, and after a regular cut from his left foot, he whipped in a low cross towards the near post, where Kane showed an extraordinary bit of invention to get extremely low to the ground and flick the header into the far corner with the top of his head.
Tottenham kept up the pressure and went close with a header from Eric Dier and a curling shot from Eriksen, on two separate occasions, but they were caught out at the back once again as Son, who was playing in an unfamiliar role in place of Ben Davies, fouled Victor Moses in the box. Willian stepped up and sent Lloris to wrong way to bag his second in a fervent display by the Brazilian.
With the scores locked at 2-1 at the half time, Conte seemed to be the happiest man. It was Mauricio Pochettino’s side who were forcing the issue and looking the more likely to win it.
They drew level once again and this time through Alli in the 52nd minute. Eriksen picked up the ball midway from the Chelsea half to the right-hand side of the goal and swinged in a delightful angled pass into the penalty area, where Alli got on the end of it and slotted the ball into the roof of the net with a superb first-time finish.
Conte called upon Costa and Hazard on the hour mark, with Willian and Michy Batshuayi making way, while Son soon departed for Kyle Walker after an underwhelming outing for the South Korean.
Chelsea took the lead once again in the 75th minute and this time through Hazard. Walker failed to clear a Chelsea corner effectively and the ball dropped straight to Hazard on the edge of the box, and the Belgian kept his cool to drill the ball left-footed through several bodies and into the bottom right-hand corner.
Nemanja Matic’s stunning strike put the seal on Chelsea’s win over Spurs. He striked in the 80th minute to end the Spurs’ FA Cup dreams and what a strike that was !! Hazard played a lovely one-two with Fabregas inside the right-hand edge of the penalty area before laying the ball off to Matic, and the midfielder thumped a ferocious left-footed effort in off the underside of the bar from 25 yards out. The French goalkeeper was a mere spectator for Matic’s rasping strike as Chelsea booked a final spot, while Spurs – who saw Kane’s free-kick stopped on the line by Courtois – were left to reflect on a defeat for the seventh FA Cup semi-final in a row.
Chelsea had the chance to put in the 5th in the 86th minute when Fabregas picked out Costa who was left completely unmarked six yards out from goal with a chipped cross from the right, but his header was poor which went harmlessly out for a goal kick.
Chelsea will meet the winners of Arsenal Vs City match as Wembley promises another cracker of a FA Cup final.