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Chelsea defeats arch-rival Tottenham to reach FA Cup Final



Eden Hazard Celebration against Tottenham

Photo credit: Twitter- @ChelseaFC

Tottenham‘s Emirates FA Cup run ended at the Wembley Stadium after shipping in four goals against arch-rival Chelsea on Saturday.

Chelsea led twice but the London neighbours always found a way to keep the score level. Brazilian Willian opened the scoring for Chelsea in the fifth minute through a well-taken free-kick, but Harry Kane scored the equalizer 12 minutes later.

In the 42nd minute, a foul by Tottenham against Victor Moses inside the box 18 gifted Willian his second goal of the day from a penalty kick. Seven minutes after the second half resumed, Dele Alli replied with a goal to put the scoreline level.

Matters remained unsettled until the 75th minute when substitute Eden Hazard scored for Chelsea and Nemanja Matic scored the fourth goal five minutes later, effectively putting the match beyond Tottenham.

There was a tribute paid to Ugo Ehiogu before the match after the Spurs Under-23 coach passed away having suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday.

Antonio Conte, whose name adorned a banner trailing a light aircraft flown over the stadium, sprung a surprise when he left Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench, but Willian made the most of his inclusion with two goals before the half-time break.

Tottenham have now lost 7 FA Cup semi-finals in a row: two against Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, and one each against Newcastle, Everton and Portsmouth.

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