Chelsea defeated London rivals Tottenham 4-2 in their FA Cup Semi-final clash at Wembley this afternoon in front of an 80,000 plus strong crowd.
The Blues went ahead on five minutes thanks to a fine free-kick from incoming Willian who had surprisingly replaced of the in-form Eden Hazard. Their lead latest little over ten minutes however as Harry Kane levelled the scoring on 18 minutes with a superb glancing header.
Willian added a second from the spot after Son Heung-min bought down Victor Moses in the area just before the break, but again it was only ten minutes (and a half-time interval) before Spurs levelled. Christian Eriksen produced one of the assists of the season to pick-out Dele Alli who finished smartly into the top corner on the half-volley.
Tottenham looked to be in control of the game, however the introduction of both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa turned the tide. The Belgian superstar scored the goal that proved to be the winner with fifteen minutes to go with a clinical left-footed finish from the edge of the box following a corner.
Nemanja Matic completed the victory with his thumping strike that rattled off the underside of Hugo Lloris’ crossbar and into the back of the net much to the elation of the Blues’ fans.
The defeat was Spurs seventh consecutive FA Cup-final loss, but means Chelsea go through to the twelfth ever final and set for a Wembley final as they battle it out for their first piece of silverware under manager Antonio Conte.
Here are the player ratings for the memorable semi-final, do you agree?
Thibaut Courtois: 6/10
Was hardly troubled besides the two goals he conceded but was a safe pair of hands when called upon. Lucky not to concede a third thanks to a fortunate back-spin following Harry Kane’s free-kick.
Victor Moses: 8/10
Excellent as usual and ran Son Heung-min ragged all afternoon with some fine bursts forward. Won the penalty that resulted in the Blues’ second and was a rock at the back.
Cesar Azpiliceuta: 7/10
Solid when called upon and looked much more comfortable on the right-side of a back three than he did on the left at Manchester United a week ago.
David Luiz: 9/10
Man of the Match. The Brazilian was an omni-present force at the back for the Blues, popping up all over the place to make crucial tackles and interceptions. Proving himself to be a world class defender.
Nathan Ake: 6/10
Made some good challenges including a tackle on Dele Alli in the box to deny a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Looked shaky at times however and was rash in the challenge.
Marcos Alonso: 5/10
Unusually poor performance from the Spaniard who was missed so drastically last weekend at Old Trafford. Too often was gotten the better of on the wing by Kieran Trippier and distribution going forward led much to be admired.
N’Golo Kante: 7/10
Formidable as usual in the middle making some crucial challenges, especially in the last 20 minutes. Arguably was lucky not to see red as consistently fouled Dele Alli all afternoon, but did the job.
Nemanja Matic: 6/10
Not a terrific performance from the Serb, but what a goal. The former Benfica man’s wonder goal capped a terrific victory for the Blues and ultimately ended Spurs chance of a comeback with only ten left to play.
Weakest performance I’ve seen from the Spaniard in a Blue shirt this season. Had little to no impact going forward and failed to roll in N’Golo Kante at 2-2 for an almost certain goal.
Michy Batshuayi: 6/10
Showed some deft touches and held the ball up well, playing a pivotal role in the build up to Chelsea’s opener. His impact diffused as the game went on but a good showing for a man whose had a sufficient lack of first team football this season.
Not only did the Brazilian score two goals including an excellent free-kick on the edge of the box, but was lively during his hour long cameo and caused the Spurs defence plenty of problems.
Eden Hazard: 8/10
Scored the goal that proved to be the decider and changed the game with his movement.
Diego Costa: 6/10
Held did up well and pressured the defence, but should of scored from a free header.
Cesc Fabregas: 6/10
Smart in possession and didn’t lose the ball.
Not used: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah
Hugo Lloris: 5/10
Didn’t make any mistakes, but could have perhaps saved Willian’s opener and conceded four which ultimately was the difference between the two sides.
Kieran Trippier: 6/10
Caused problems for the sub-standard Marcos Alonso going forward and fairly solid at the back, but often lacked a final ball in last third of the field.
Eric Dier: 5/10
Came close early on with a fine glancing header which could have given his side the lead however had little impact otherwise and struggled when moved into midfield by Mauricio Pochettino.
Toby Alderweireld: 6/10
Rash challenge in the first five which led to the free-kick for the Blues’ opener and a booking. Subsequently looked cautious for the remainder of the game.
Jan Vertonghen: 7/10
Sound defensively, but it was his distribution and play in the opponent’s half that was most impressive. The Belgian was confident in possession and was not afraid to get involved further up the field.
Son Heung-min: 3/10
Struggled out of position as left wing-back and was troubled by Victor Moses before his substitution in the 68th minute. Gave away the penalty for Chelsea’s second and offered nothing going forward.
Victor Wanyama: 7/10
Sturdy in the middle of the park as always, kept possession well and broke up Chelsea’s play on the counter effectively for the most part. Put in some good challenges. Was lucky to avoid injury courtesy of poor challenge.
Moussa Dembele: 8/10
Tottenham’s best player and graceful as ever. Don’t recall the Belgian losing the ball and was the starting point for most of his side’s attacking moves. Should be in the PFA Team of the Year.
Christian Eriksen: 7/10
Produced possibly the assist of the season for Dele Alli’s goal and his side’s second, and the Dane’s typically inventive play through the middle kept Chelsea’s defenders with plenty to do.
Dele Alli: 6/10
Great goal, but struggled to have an effect otherwise and was nullified by N’Golo Kante for the most part of the 90 minutes. Chelsea knew he would be the man to watch after his brace back in January and kept him quiet well.
Harry Kane: 6/10
Like his team-mate Alli, scored a great goal with a terrific header across Thibaut Courtois, but then failed to trouble the Chelsea keeper until the final etchings where he was millimetres from a second.
Kyle Walker: 5/10
Absent for the most part and failed to get forward as he does so well normally.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou: 6/10
Ran with energy but ultimately had little time to make his mark.
Not used: Lopez, Janssen, Sissoko, Wimmer, Davies