Sunday April 15, 2012 Semifinal Finished Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 5 Chelsea

  • Bale 56’
  • Drogba 43’
  • Mata 50’
  • Ramires 77’
  • Lampard 81’
  • Malouda 90’

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  1. Goal-line controversy as Chelsea hammer Spurs

    Goal-line controversy as Chelsea hammer Spurs

    A phantom goal helped Chelsea to a 5-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, setting up a final clash with Liverpool. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Chelsea
    • 90+6 And that's the whistle. Chelsea in the May 5 final, where they face Liverpool. Thanks for joining me.
    • 90+5 MALOUDA MAKES IT FIVE! Mata lofts a nice ball over and the sub races away, sliding a low finish past Cudicni.
    • 90+4 SPURS SUB: Parker is replaced by Sandro.
    • 90+3 Mikel is also booked but he should have been sent off - he kicked Parker while lying on the ground. Expect a ban unless the ref says he saw the nature of that.
    • 90+2 Parker was dragged away by Adebayor. Has he not already been booked? No, he wasn't. Phew.
    • 90+1 It kicks off between Parker and Mikel. Mikel not happy with a Parker tackle, and Parker completely losing his rag with Mikel's reaction.
    • 90' Five minutes added time.
    • 89' Adebayor leaps into Cahill after missing out and is booked.
    • 88' Should have been five as Kalou gets in down the left but he lifts the cross over Torres, who would have had an open goal.
    • 87' Chelsea playing keep-ball now.
    • 86' Tottenham fans are piling out of Wembley now, and why not. Get an early tube or overground, avoid the gloating.
    • 84' CHELSEA SUB: Drogba strolls off for the Blues, Torres on in his place.
    • 82' GOAL CHELSEA! Wonderful free-kick from Lampard, flying into the top right, curling and high, Cudicini possibly out of position.
    • 81' Down the other end Gallas sees yellow. By the way, Cahill's arms were right in front of his groin, shoulder side.
    • 80' Modric flicks the ball into the box and he thinks it hit Cahill's arm but nothing given!
    • 79' Great touch by Ramires to kill it past Assou-Ekotto and flick the finish over Cudicini. Another good goal.
    • 78' GOAL CHELSEA! 3-1 as Ramires races on to Mata's through-ball, clipping a cool finish past the onrushng Cudicini, and that should be that.
    • 77' Bosingwa is all at sea as Bale comes forward but Cahill read it and clears.
    • 76' Lampard swings it in but Gallas heads clear. Cole overhits a crossfield pass out for a throw. Madness from Assou-Ekotto though as he throws it straight to Cudicini, who almost hits it against Drogba! Cleared in the end.
    • 75' Drogba gets past King to reach a long pass but Cudicini flies out to parry behind for a corner.
    • 74' SPURS SUB: Defoe on for Van der Vaart.
    • 72' VdV swings this one in and KING ATTACKS but blocked just wide! Corner again! Drogba lands heavily and the ref stops play. Guess what - he's okay.
    • 71' Spurs corner now, won by Adebayor, Van der Vaart swings it over but Drogba clears behind for another.
    • 70' Poor play by Walker to lose control on the edge of the box after a promising Spurs attack. Chelsea counter, Ramires on the left wing rolling it across for Drogba on the right. Drogba takes on King, who holds him up but he digs out a cross, Kalou cuts back but Spurs scramble it away!
    • 69' The Lampard set piece is cleared but Cahill meets it on a half volley, sending the ball well over.
    • 68' Drogba fires just wide but it was deflected. Corner.
    • 67' Drogba slips as he tries to meet Lampard's driven through ball. Goal kick Spurs.
    • 66' King with a clearance but to Mata. All a bit scrappy now.
    • 65' A bit of a lull after the frantic play. Still not sure what's up with Luiz, seemed to be his leg though.
    • 63' Drogba has a dig but well off target this time.
    • 62' Parker drags a weak effort well wide as he falls following a driving run.
    • 61' Lampard takes it, Terry heads towards goal and cleared off the line but King was being fouled by his old pal.
    • 60' Drobga with a long-range effort deflected wide for a corner.
    • 59' CHELSEA SUB: Luiz off for Cahill. Luiz in real trouble.
    • 58' That was a joke, by the way, before the angry among you take to the web. An injury to a Chelsea player in that melee, Luiz collided with Cech.
    • 57' Should Bale have left that and forced the ref to send Cech off? Hmmm. I know what Ashley Young would have done.
    • 56' GOAL SPURS! Super pass from Modric sends Adebayor through, he rounds Cech - who takes him down and would have been sent off - but Bale is on hand to tap it in! 2-1 and right back in it!
    • 55' Goal-kick to Chelsea as the ball rebounds off Lennon and wide. It transpires Atkinson gave the goal, not the linesman. What did he see that made him give it?
    • 54' Van der Vaart swings it towards King but Luiz clears.
    • 53' Assou-Ekotto wins a corner for Spurs on the left.
    • 52' Walker clears Lampard's corner.
    • 51' Mata with a fine pass wide to Ramires, who tries to return the favour with Gallas hacking behind for a corner.
    • 50' Not even close to crossing the line! Assou-Ekotto kept it out and by some distance! Oh dear. Obviously goal-line technology is a glaring miss. Terrible, and no-one at fault but FIFA.
    • 49' Lampard swings it in, headed to goal by Luiz and a great save Cudicini! A goalmouth scramble and did the ball cross the line? It did says Martin Atkinson! Spurs are furious! Bodies everywhere and I could not see it. The goal is either Mata's or Terry's, the former shooting and the latter one of those on the line.
    • 48' Drogba holds it up for Mata on the edge of the box, the Spaniard unleashes a fine low drive but well saved by Cudicini, tipping it around the post!
    • 47' Ramires gets in plenty of space wide right but Walker is able to block his low cross and Spurs survive.
    • 46' The second half gets underway.
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    • 45+1 Half-time, Chelsea lead against the run of play by what a goal from Drogba.
    • 45+1 In the single added minute as the Lampard corner hits Ramires to go out for a throw.
    • 45' Cudicini juggles the ball clear after Assou-Ekotto's backpass. Ramires on the right crosses off King for a corner. Suddenly all Chelsea!
    • 45' That is Drogba's seventh goal at Wembley, fourth in an FA Cup semi and fifth against Spurs. It was written.
    • 44' Having missed a volley earlier in the match he gets it right this time, taking a long ball on the chest, turning Gallas and hammering a vicious left-foot finish inside the near post. What a goal.
    • 43' GOAL CHELSEA! Drogba with a cracker!
    • 42' Parker catches Drogba in full flight, lucky not to see yellow. Then Lampard looks quizically to the ref after Spurs get a goal kick when he felt it was deflected..
    • 41' Modric cuts inside to fire a superb shot but Terry takes it in the face to block!
    • 40' Modric wide to Walker, inside to Van der Vaart, a superb cross AND ADEBAYOR ARRIVES UNMARKED BUT MISSES THE BALL AND IT STRIKES THE POST! Cech helpless, almost straight in from VdV as it bounced beyond a flying Togolese!
    • 39' Cudicini prevents a corner after Mikel's long ball strikes a defender.
    • 38' Bale clears Lampard's corner, it takes a touch off Terry I think and Spurs ball.
    • 37' SUPER TACKLE WALKER! A wicked cross by Bosingwa is missed by Gallas and Drogba arrives far post but Walker tracked him to slide in. Corner.
    • 36' OFF THE LINE BY TERRY! Van der Vaart with a point-blank header from Lennon's cross after Spurs cut through Chelsea! Cech beaten!
    • 35' Gallas gets lucky as Mata's ball in ricochets off him but away from Drogba. Lennon runs at Cole down the other end but Chelsea are back in numbers. Lennon now pops up on the left, he cuts inside superbly and Luiz almost pulls him back but lets him go - Lennon mis-hits the cut-back though!
    • 34' Spurs slow it down after that good Chelsea spell; then Adebayor almost releases VdV but Terry intercepts.
    • 33' Ramires with a teasing cross but ahead of Drogba, who was a touch too deep, and out for a goal kick.
    • 32' Mata inside to Cole, who is operating rather advanced now. Drogba crosses for Kalou, Benoit A-E knocking it out for a throw.
    • 31' Kalou with a fine ball over for DROGBA but his header is diverted wide by King! Corner.
    • 30' Cole surges forward, good ball inside to Drogba who is in but he lays it off, oddly, and the chance goes for now, Lampard unable to shoot. Bosingwa crosses for Drogba next, he chests it and tries a volley but the flag is up and King blocks anyway.
    • 29' Ramires brings it clear and Walker gets just ahead of him, the Brazilian hacking him down in frustration.
    • 28' Well it's hardly been a silky start to the game but both sides are certainly having a go. Spurs now have a corner on the left, cleared as far as Lennon but Kalou blocks his curler.
    • 27' Spurs have a free-kick won by Bale, who is giving Bosingwa some problems early on. Van der Vaart to swing it in.... headed clear by Drogba. And Walker is robbed by Kalou, he's in wide left AND HE FEEDS MATA WHO IS IN but the touch lets him down and Cudicini gathers!
    • 26' The corner is swung in by VdV and King flies in but Kalou flicks it away from under the bar! Great clearance.
    • 26' Chelsea fail to clear a Bale cross, Walker picks it up wide right but Van der Vaart's shot is blocked. Lennon now has a shot, deflected but well wide. Parker, meanwhile, has gone down... He collided with Lampard as both went in for a full-blooded 50-50.
    • 25' Mikel high on Van der Vaart after almost catching Modric. Should have been a card, he caught him shoulder-high.
    • 24' Modric brings it clear after Lampard fails to get a shot away. Adebayor on the ball and Spurs have men over but he gets the pass to Lennon wrong and Chelsea clear.
    • 23' This is being played at a good pace, as one would expect of a Cup semi between local(ish) rivals. Tackles flying in too.
    • 22' Luiz on the right gets past Parker but the England midfielder recovers and clears.
    • 21' Adebayor with a super turn on the right but his low ball into the area is poor, really poor and Chelsea clear.
    • 20' Van der Vaart wit the corner, just missing Bale's head and Ramires brings it clear.
    • 19' Parker on the ball, he moves past one man, then another and he's in but Lampard with a superb slide tackle and Cole lashes it behind with Adebayor arriving!
    • 18' Surging run by Bale, he shows great pace but Luiz shows great composure to hold him off and run it out. Well done Luiz.
    • 16' The first booking goes to Drogba after a cynical foul on Lennon.
    • 15' Parker with a cool ball left to Lennon, trading flanks with Bale, he goes inside and feeds Van der Vaart who shoots well wide. Poor, he had Bale wide too.
    • 14' Cole gets forward, he slips a low cross to Drogba but King with a fine block! Back with Cole though, but he gives it away.
    • 13' A long ball releases Drogba and Gallas slips! Gallas is down and Drogba is in but he wildly thrashes at the volley, getting it all wrong and kicking as much turf as ball.
    • 12' Ramires gives chase down the right but trips Assou-Ekotto in the process. Free-kick Spurs.
    • 11' Cole surges forward but nothing comes of the run. Modric then releases Bale, he crosses but it goes all the way to Lennon, whose ball is deflected into Cech's arms.
    • 10' Drogba decides to go direct with the free-kick, trying to use the wind, but it goes well over.
    • 9' Cudicini gathers just inside his box as Walker shepherds it back. Cagey opening. Parker adjudged to have fouled Ramires - harsh.
    • 8' Well wide from Drogba after a decoy run from Terry.
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    • 7' Assou-Ekotto slips and Drogba is in on the right, he keeps the ball in play and crosses well enough but Lampard is stretching back and can only put it high an wide.
    • 6' Cudicini has to field an iffy King backpass but he does it well enough.
    • 5' Bodies everywhere in the centre circle as thye snap away at each other. Modric brings it away and he can feed Adebayor but, under pressure from Luiz, he gets the pass wrong.
    • 4' Some fierce tackles from both sides in the middle of the park.
    • 3' Ramires aims for big Drogba but good defending by Walker to chest down and clear.
    • 2' Drogba is caught offside as both sides trade some long balls.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 18:01 Moment's silence for both Hillsborough victims and Piermario Morosini. Not observed by some idiots. Deary me.
    • 17:58 The players are walking out on to the pitch now on this sunny but chilly evening at Wembley. We'll be underway shortly...
    • 17:55 Spurs boss Harry Redknapp wants to end the club's 21-year wait to lift the grand old trophy: "This is a great opportunity for us to go all the way this year. On our day we can beat Chelsea. We can beat anyone. There is not a lot between the two teams, but they have the medals to show for it. They have been there and done it all in the last few years. Tottenham is a club that have won two trophies since 1991 and they were both Carling Cups so it's about time Tottenham won another trophy."
    • 17:50 Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has been critical of the FA's disciplinary procedure after Ivanovic was banned: "I think everyone is looking for consistency in their decision-making. That's what is most important for everybody, all the stakeholders involved - consistency. They would have to review the decision-making and the way they give these bans, and hopefully come up with a more balanced outcome."
    • 17:45 Chelsea have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup 19 times previously, progressing to the final 10 times. The Blues have reached the final on nine of the last 11 occasions they have made the final four. Tottenham have lost their last five FA Cup semi-finals, and haven’t the made the final of the competition since 1991, when they last won it. Overall, however, Spurs have won nine and lost nine of 18 FA Cup semi-final ties.
    • 17:40 These two London rivals have been drawn together eight times before in the FA Cup, with each side progressing four times. On the last two occasions Tottenham have beaten Chelsea in the cup, they have gone on to lift the trophy.
    • 17:35 Spurs defender Ledley King starts despite being a doubt in the week with his chronic knee problems. The Spurs stalwart lines up alongside former Chelsea defender William Gallas. Scott Parker has recovered from a hamstring injury, meaning Spurs go into this semi with their first-choice front six. Tottenham team page
    • 17:30 Chelsea defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole have been passed fit and both start. Terry (cracked ribs) and Cole (ankle) were doubts in the build-up to this game. Branislav Ivanovic begins a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct, while Ryan Bertrand (calf) and Oriol Romeu (illness) are set to miss out. Fernando Torres is on the bench with Didier Drogba starting up top. Chelsea team page
    • 17:25 Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires; Mata, Kalou; Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Essien, Meireles, Malouda, Sturridge, Torres /// Tottenham: Cudicini; Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Nelsen, Rose, Giovani, Livermore, Sandro, Defoe.
    • 17:20 The winner of this London derby will face Liverpool in the final in this ground on May 5 after the Reds beat their own local rivals Everton 2-1 yesterday. Andy Carroll got the winner in the closing stages of a dramatic match. Match report
    • 17:15 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the FA Cup semi-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley!
  • Summary

    • 90+5 MALOUDA MAKES IT FIVE! Mata lofts a nice ball over and the sub races away, sliding a low finish past Cudicni.
    • 88' Should have been five as Kalou gets in down the left but he lifts the cross over Torres, who would have had an open goal.
    • 82' GOAL CHELSEA! Wonderful free-kick from Lampard, flying into the top right, curling and high, Cudicini possibly out of position.
    • 80' Modric flicks the ball into the box and he thinks it hit Cahill's arm but nothing given!
    • 78' GOAL CHELSEA! 3-1 as Ramires races on to Mata's through-ball, clipping a cool finish past the onrushng Cudicini, and that should be that.
    • 72' VdV swings this one in and KING ATTACKS but blocked just wide! Corner again! Drogba lands heavily and the ref stops play. Guess what - he's okay.
    • 56' GOAL SPURS! Super pass from Modric sends Adebayor through, he rounds Cech - who takes him down and would have been sent off - but Bale is on hand to tap it in! 2-1 and right back in it!
    • 50' Not even close to crossing the line! Assou-Ekotto kept it out and by some distance! Oh dear. Obviously goal-line technology is a glaring miss. Terrible, and no-one at fault but FIFA.
    • 49' Lampard swings it in, headed to goal by Luiz and a great save Cudicini! A goalmouth scramble and did the ball cross the line? It did says Martin Atkinson! Spurs are furious! Bodies everywhere and I could not see it. The goal is either Mata's or Terry's, the former shooting and the latter one of those on the line.
    • 48' Drogba holds it up for Mata on the edge of the box, the Spaniard unleashes a fine low drive but well saved by Cudicini, tipping it around the post!
    • 44' Having missed a volley earlier in the match he gets it right this time, taking a long ball on the chest, turning Gallas and hammering a vicious left-foot finish inside the near post. What a goal.
    • 43' GOAL CHELSEA! Drogba with a cracker!
    • 41' Modric cuts inside to fire a superb shot but Terry takes it in the face to block!
    • 40' Modric wide to Walker, inside to Van der Vaart, a superb cross AND ADEBAYOR ARRIVES UNMARKED BUT MISSES THE BALL AND IT STRIKES THE POST! Cech helpless, almost straight in from VdV as it bounced beyond a flying Togolese!
    • 37' SUPER TACKLE WALKER! A wicked cross by Bosingwa is missed by Gallas and Drogba arrives far post but Walker tracked him to slide in. Corner.
    • 36' OFF THE LINE BY TERRY! Van der Vaart with a point-blank header from Lennon's cross after Spurs cut through Chelsea! Cech beaten!
    • 35' Gallas gets lucky as Mata's ball in ricochets off him but away from Drogba. Lennon runs at Cole down the other end but Chelsea are back in numbers. Lennon now pops up on the left, he cuts inside superbly and Luiz almost pulls him back but lets him go - Lennon mis-hits the cut-back though!
    • 31' Kalou with a fine ball over for DROGBA but his header is diverted wide by King! Corner.
    • 27' Spurs have a free-kick won by Bale, who is giving Bosingwa some problems early on. Van der Vaart to swing it in.... headed clear by Drogba. And Walker is robbed by Kalou, he's in wide left AND HE FEEDS MATA WHO IS IN but the touch lets him down and Cudicini gathers!
    • 26' The corner is swung in by VdV and King flies in but Kalou flicks it away from under the bar! Great clearance.
    • 19' Parker on the ball, he moves past one man, then another and he's in but Lampard with a superb slide tackle and Cole lashes it behind with Adebayor arriving!
    • 13' A long ball releases Drogba and Gallas slips! Gallas is down and Drogba is in but he wildly thrashes at the volley, getting it all wrong and kicking as much turf as ball.
    • 18:01 Moment's silence for both Hillsborough victims and Piermario Morosini. Not observed by some idiots. Deary me.
    • 17:25 Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires; Mata, Kalou; Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Essien, Meireles, Malouda, Sturridge, Torres /// Tottenham: Cudicini; Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Nelsen, Rose, Giovani, Livermore, Sandro, Defoe.

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