Wembley Stadium has witnessed several memorable football classics over decades. Today’s encounter between two London giants was no less than an epic battle where both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur performed to their level best in order to enrich their history and take a big leap forward to win the silverware.
However, the FA Cup semifinal clash ended in a 4-2 win in favor of the Premier League leaders Chelsea and they will now face the winner of Arsenal vs Manchester City in a Wembley final.
Chelsea had an early lead within 5 minutes since kick-off when Willian scored from a free-kick. But Spurs hit back soon via Harry Kane as the Englishman extended his goal tally with a sublime low header. Spurs took control of the midfield and kept on pushing for a lead. But Son Heung-min made a silly sliding tackle inside the box in closing minutes of first half as he mistimed the tackle and Victor Moses made the most out of it to earn his side a spot-kick. Willian made no mistake to send Hugo Lloris the wrong way and gave Chelsea a lead for the second time. First half ended 2-1 in favor of the Blues.
Spurs started the second half brightly and kept on pressing upfront to find another equalizer. It took them seven minutes to make it all square when Dele Alli slotted home with an elegant first-time finish from Christian Eriksen’s exquisite pass. Antonio Conte, the Chelsea boss, started the game without Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. he brought in the deadly duo to take advantage from counter-attacking movements. His plan worked out as Eden Hazard earned his side a 3-2 lead with a left-footed strike through several bodies into the bottom right-hand corner. Nemanja Matic sealed the deal for the Blues five minutes later when he picked up a pass from Eden Hazard and his thumping left-footed strike went in from 25 yards out.
A highly-entertaining encounter ended 4-2 in favor of Chelsea who are now favorites to lift the prestigious FA Cup alongside the Premier League title of 2016-17 campaign.
Chelsea vs Spurs Lineups:
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois, Nathan Ake, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Victor Moses, Nemanja Matic, N’Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso, Willian (Eden Hazard 61′), Pedro (Cesc Fabregas 74′), Michy Batshuayi ( Diego Costa 61′)
Spurs: Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderwiereld, Jan Vertonghen, Erik Dier, Victor Wanyama (Georges-Kevin N’Koudou 80′), Moussa Dembele, Son Heung-min (Kyle Walker 68′), Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Harry Kane.
Chelsea vs Spurs Highlights:
Chelsea vs Spurs Match Stats:
|Shots on target||5||4|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||19(2)||11 (2)|