Blues march on to FA Cup final after six-goal thriller

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Chelsea remain on course for a domestic double after beating Tottenham 4-2 in a pulsating FA Cup quarter-final clash at Wembley on Saturday.

  • Chelsea 4 Tottenham 2
  • Willian free-kick gives Blues early lead
  • Spurs respond through Kane header
  • Willian scores from spot just before HT
  • Alli restores parity shortly after restart
  • Hazard and Matic strikes seal win

Match Summary

Antonio Conte's side made a dream start when Willian fired them in front just four minutes in, although they were pegged back by Harry Kane's equaliser 14 minutes later.

Willian restored the Blues lead from the penalty spot just before half-time, but Dele Alli levelled matters early in the second half to keep Spurs well in the tie.

However, Eden Hazard stepped off the bench to fire the west Londoners ahead on 75 minutes, before Nemanja Matic wrapped up the scoring with a thunderbolt 10 minutes from time.

Full Report

The first half was played at break-neck speed as the action swung from end to end in an entertaining London derby.

The opening goal after just four minutes set the tempo for the remainder of the half, Willian whipping his free-kick from 20 yards out around the wall and past Hugo Lloris inside the right post.

The Blues had made the better start and Michy Batshuayi tested Lloris on the quarter-hour mark with a header from N'Golo Kante's cross.

But Mauricio Pochettino's men hit back three minutes later when Kane glanced a deft header across Thibaut Courtois into the bottom-left corner of the net from Christian Eriksen's inswinging cross from the right.

Both teams continued to search for more goals, although neither defence was seriously tested until the closing stages of the opening 45 minutes.  

Eric Dier steered a header just wide of the right post from Jan Vertonghen's dangerous cross in the 36th minute, before Eriksen pounced on Cesar Azpilicueta's stray pass to warm Courtois' palms with a firm strike from 20 yards out on 40 minutes.

However, the Premier League leaders went into the break back in front after Moses was brought down just inside the area by Son Heung-Min's sliding challenge to earn a penalty, which was converted by Willian as he sent Lloris the wrong way to the keeper's right.

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The north Londoners came out of the blocks flying in the second half to draw level on 52 minutes, with Eriksen delivering an inviting cross for Alli to volley home on the slide from close range.

The cup-tie became a more tactical affair as the pace began dip, although Spurs were looking the likelier to score again.

Instead it was their neighbours from the west celebrating on 75 minutes when a corner was cleared out to an open Hazard, who cut to his right and drilled a low shot into the bottom-right corner of the goal from 17 yards out.

Lloris was a mere spectator five minutes later as Matic sealed victory with a piledriver that flew into the top-right corner of the net, after Hazard had teed him up just outside the area.

Diego Costa should have added a fifth soon afterwards, but he directed a free header wide of the left post from Cesc Fabregas' cross on the right byline.

Kane almost got his name on the scoresheet again in stoppage time with a driven free-kick from 20 yards out that nearly went underneath Courtois, who managed to get something on the ball as it spun back wickedly from the line.


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