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FA CupChelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

A relatively comfortably evening, on the whole, sees Chelsea through to the FA Cup final against Liverpool after goals from Loftus-Cheek and Mount powered the Blues past Crystal Palace at Wembley.

A cagey first half was met by similar scenes in the second half, with both sides finding difficulty creating space in the opponent’s organised defence.

However, it was Tuchel’s side who would take their half-chances, with Loftus-Cheek’s volley coming five minutes.

After the hour – and 40 minutes after his first-half introduction for an injured Kovacic.

Mount would add insurance with a quarter-hour left in the match, which was irredeemable from that point for Palace.

Vieira’s side failed to trouble Mendy frequently as they fall at the semi-final stage while a show-piece event awaits Tuchel’s Blues.

Starting lineup:

CHELSEA XI (5-2-3): Edouard Mendy;

Marcos Alonso. Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, Reece James;

Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho;

Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.

 

CHELSEA SUBS: Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Saul Niguez, Malang Sarr, N’Golo Kante, Thiago Silva, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

 

CRYSTAL PALACE XI (4-3-3): Jack Butland;

Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell;

Jeffrey Schlupp, Cheikhou Kouyate, James McArthur;

Eberechi Eze, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Wilfried Zaha.

 

CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Martin Kelly, Michael Olise, Nathaniel Clyne, Luka Milivojevic, James Tomkins, Odsonne Edouard, Christian Benteke, Jordan Ayew, Vicente Guaita.

Goals:

1-0. Mitchell gives possession away just outside his penalty area, allowing Havertz to charge forward towards the byline before cutting the ball back to the penalty spot. Loftus-Cheek is ready and waiting for the service, lashing a volley that takes a deflection on its way past Butland.

2-0. Werner receives the ball in the corner of the penalty area, holding up play to attack defenders towards him before playing a square pass towards the middle of the park for Mount. The forward’s first touch bursts him by the last defender before he tucks a neat finish into the bottom corner.

So, what’s next?

Chelsea will look to continue their positive run of results in the Premier League on April 20, when they host Arsenal.

Crystal Palace is in action again on the same day when they travel to face Newcastle.

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