Premier League leaders Chelsea booked their place
into the FA Cup final with a 4-2 thumping of London
rivals Tottenham at Wembley Stadium.
Antonio Conte’s side used two second-half goals to pull
away from their rivals, who had previously pegged
them back twice. Willian’s fourth-minute free-kick gave
Chelsea a 1-0 lead as the Brazilian beat Hugo Lloris to
the bottom-right corner. Harry Kane drew Tottenham
level, heading home Christian Eriksen’s assist past
Thibaut Courtois after 18 minutes.
Willian’s 43rd-minute penalty kick put Chelsea back in
front before halftime. Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min was
whistled for the foul after tripping Victor Moses inside
of the box. Dele Alli’s 19th goal in all competitions,
drew Tottenham level at 2-2 early in the second-half.
Substitute Eden Hazard put Chelsea in front for good,
striking home in the 75th-minute. The goal of the
match however came five minutes later, as Nemanja
Matic’s long-range effort went off the crossbar and in.
At the final whistle, Chelsea booked its first FA Cup
final appearance since 2012, while Tottenham suffered
its first defeat in all competitions since Feb. 16.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich fought back for a point at
home and visiting Mainz, while Borussia Dortmund
fought back for a derby win against Borussia
Monchengladbach. In Italy’s early match of the day,
Atalanta defeated Bologna, 3-2. Sevilla earned an
important home win in Spain, while Valencia fell on the
road at Malaga. In Premier League action, Hull City and
Swansea earned important victories in their fight for