English FA Cup

April 15, 2012


Tottenham Hotspur

1 - 5


English FA Cup

17:00 +00:00, April 15, 2012

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: M Atkinson


    Have a good Sunday evening...


    Chelsea win in fine-style by the end, but all the attention will be on that goal and the referee's decision to award the goal to Juan Mata.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea

  • 90'

    Final minute of added-time...

  • 90'

    GOAL Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea Malouda makes it five!!! Lovely pass from Juan Mata and Malouda turns it home.

  • 90'

    Sandro on for Parker

  • 90'

    Mikel who kicked-out (gently) at the Spurs man

  • 90'


  • 90'

    Hand-bags between Scott Parker and Mikel after the Englishman's late tackle.

  • 90'

    Adebayor for a careless lunge on Gary Cahill

  • 90'

    The Tottenham fans havegone. Half-empty at that end.

  • 89'

    Poor from Malouda. Having dispossessed Gallas and created a 2-on-1, he tries to be clever and chip the ball to Torres. But, his pass is overhit.

  • 88'

    They play it short and choose to run down the clock. But, here come Tottenham. What can they do?

  • 87'

    Another free-kick to Chelsea. From wide this time. Delightful play by Fernando Torres.

  • 85'

    Chelsea playing keep-ball in midfield...

  • 84'

    Torres replaces Didier Drogba who appears to have cramp.

  • 83'

    Tottenham look to find a response. Defoe with a tame left-footed shot at goal.

  • 82'

    Questions must be asked about Carlo Cudicini's positioning there. He should have had that post covered.

  • 81'

    GOAL Tottenham 1-4 Chelsea Lampard thunder-bolt!!! The Chelsea man beats Cudicini with a glorious free-kick strike from 30 yards.

  • 80'

    Gallas booked for a foul in midfield.

  • 80'

    Tottenham want a penalty for a 'hand-ball' against Gary Cahill. Would have been very harsh, seemed to hit his shoulder.

  • 78'

    Lovely pass and lovely finish. Excellent goal that may put the tie to bed.

  • 77'

    GOAL Tottenham 1-3 Chelsea Ramires does brilliantly!!! Mata chips a beautiful through-ball to Ramires who dabs the ball over the keeper.

  • 76'

    Good defending by Gary Cahill to deal with Gareth Bale with Bosingwa nowhere to be seen

  • 76'

    Important diving-header clearance from Gallas.

  • 75'

    Unlucky Drogba once more. Spins in behind King from a long-ball and almost beats Cudicini to the ball. Corner.

  • 74'

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  • 73'

    Didier Drogba clears the third corner, landin awkwardly. Really putting in a shift for his side the Ivorian.

  • 72'

    First attempt at a corner cleared by Drogba. The second almost flies in, but corner once more.

  • 71'

    Bale rinses Bosingwa down the left and wins a corner as Gary Cahill turns the ball behind.

  • 70'

    Brilliant defending this time from Gallas. First cutting out Ramires' cross, then diving in bravely to block Kalou's shot.

  • 69'

    From the corner, Drogba knocks the ball down to Gary Cahill who fires over left-footed.

  • 68'

    Big chance! A poor Gallas clearance falls to Kalou who looks to play in Drogba. King does well to block the Ivorian's shot.

  • 67'

    Lampard fires in a pass to Drogba once more, but the Ivorian can't control it. Expecting a bit much of his forward there.

  • 66'

    Tottenham block Juan Mata's shot on the line but the goal is given

  • 65'

    Good defending from Assou-Ekotto now at the other end to deny Didier Drogba a chance.

  • 64'

    Lovely play from Adebayor. The Togo forward turns Ashley Cole and fires at goal, but John Terry is there to block.

  • 62'

    Initial news is that it may be a hamstring tear for David Luiz.

  • 61'

    Good header from Terry, Assou-Ekotto is there to clear the danger though.

  • 60'

    Ambitious effort from Drogba, deflected for a corner.

  • 59'

    Gary Cahill replaces David Luiz who leaves the pitch on a stretcher. Looks like he is out of the Barcelona clash.

  • 57'

    Spurs are back in the game, but they should be level. There will be big complaints if the score ends like this.

  • 57'

    David Luiz, who was left for dead by Adebayor is now down and looks in big trouble.

  • 56'

    GOAL Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea Bale halfs the deficit!!! Parker slips through Adebayor who is clattered by Cech. Bale is there to turn the ball in.

  • 55'

    Brief appeals for a penalty as Modric tumbles under David Luiz's tackle. The Brazilian took the ball though.

  • 54'

    The attack is wasted by Salomon Kalou though

  • 53'

    Tottenham look to attack, but David Luiz deals with the danger and Chelsea pile forward.

  • 52'

    Ramires cuts in from the Chelsea right, looking to pick out Drogba. Gallas clears.

  • 51'

    Huge Tottenham protests to no avail. They must do their talking on the pitch though.

  • 50'

    That is absurd decision making. There is no way he could be certain that had crossed the line, because it didn't!

  • 49'

    GOAL Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea Controversy at Wembley!!! Juan Mata is awarded the goal, but the ball did not cross the line. Also a valid argument for a foul by John Terry. Ridiculous refereeing.

  • 48'

    Fine Save! Cudicini gets down low to his left to save from Juan Mata, after good work from Drogba.

  • 47'

    This time it is Lampard who launches a ball for Drogba to chase. King deals with the danger.

  • 46'

    Danger straight-away for Spurs as they give the ball to Ramires in acres of space. Kyle Walker wins the header though, with two forwards waiting.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF is underway...


    Teams are back out for the second-period. Drogba is all smiles.


    Tottenham need to clear their minds then at the break. They had been the better side for a large chunk of the half. Things to build-on over the next 30 minutes.


    Little warning shot to Barcelona also. Chelsea are not washed-up yet. The Catalans still very much favourites for that tie though.


    Didier Drogba celebrates after putting Chelsea into the lead with a fine strike


    Poor William Gallas though - very little he could do.


    Tottenham in fact had started to get on-top in the game. Lennon and Van der Vaart threatening. That is what having a top striker on your side does I guess!


    It had been a dull, cagey encounter. But, that goal separates the teams at the break. Superb strike.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea

  • 45'

    Just over the head of Drogba in the centre. One minute of added-time signalled.

  • 45'

    Corner to Chelsea. Ramires' cross flies off Ledley King

  • 44'

    That was emphatic from Drogba and all of his own making. Well worthy of the occasion.

  • 43'

    GOAL Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea Drogba brilliance!!! Amazing stuff from the centre-forward, holding off Gallas, spinning and spanking the ball home left-footed.

  • 41'

    Chelsea rocking there for a moment or two, but they have a breather now as Parker fouls Drogba.

  • 40'

    Off the post! I say that and then they strike the post! Van der Vaart swings in a cross from deep, Adebayor leaves it and the Dutchman's cross hits the far post.

  • 39'

    Neither side clearly on top here. Been a 'typical' semi-final occasion.

  • 38'

    At the other end, the ball looked like it would break for Kalou, but runs for a Chelsea corner. Nothing comes of it though.

  • 37'

    That was a glorious chance, but Terry had got himself on the line to block.

  • 36'

    What a save! John Terry does brilliantly to clear Van der Vaart's header off the line after good work from Aaron Lennon

  • 35'

    Brilliant from Lennon to evade David Luiz who initially pulled him back. Scuffs his shot across though.

  • 34'

    Adebayor very close to playing in Van der Vaart for Spurs. John Terry is there to intercept

  • 33'

    Lovely ball from Ramires, using his left-foot from the right flank. No-one in the middle has gambled though.

  • 32'

    Drogba rises high in the centre to head Kalou's cross towards goal, but Ledley King does brilliantly to deflect the ball behind.

  • 31'

    Now Bale loops in a cross from the left and Terry can only half-clear. Kalou is there to win the ball from Aaron Lennon

  • 30'

    Bosingwa chips in a cross from the right to Drogba, but the Ivorian is offside.

  • 29'

    Tottenham having a strong ten minute spell after Chelsea had started the better of the two.

  • 28'

    More brave defending from Chelsea and this time it is John Obi Mikel that blocks Aaron Lennon's shot.

  • 27'

    Big chance! Kalou robs Kyle Walker and the Ivorian does brilliantly to pick-out a ball to Juan Mata, but the Spaniard can't control the pass with the goal gaping.

  • 26'

    Ledley King looks to have got on the end of the corner, but Salomon Kalou does brilliantly to clear.

  • 25'

    Lennon then cuts in from the left and attempts to do the same as his Dutch colleague, deflected for a corner.

  • 25'

    Van der Vaart lines up a curled shot into the far corner, Lampard is there to block.

  • 24'

    Adebayor now looks to release Lennon into a foot-race with John Terry. His pass though is hit straight to the Chelsea man.

  • 23'

    Not much it turns out, but Tottenham fail to capitalise on the defender being out of position. Poor from Spurs so far.

  • 22'

    Luiz going for a stroll forward now. What can he do?

  • 21'

    Interesting start then to this FA Cup tie. No major chances thus far.

  • 21'

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  • 20'

    The corner though is abysmally over-hit to the far side.

  • 19'

    Corner to Tottenham. By luck more than judgement, Scott Parker creates havoc in the area, but Ashley Cole gets across to clear.

  • 18'

    Bale races straight past Bosingwa on the left. David Luiz though is there to see the ball out for a goal-kick.

  • 17'

    Assou Ekotto does well in defence to win a throw-in off Ramires in the corner.

  • 16'

    Drogba trips Lennon who had burst forward on the counter.

  • 16'

    Drogba looks to turn and fire away a shot at the edge of the area. Well defended by Luka Modric.

  • 15'

    Van der Vaart is the latest to try his luck from range. Well over the bar though.

  • 14'

    As I say that, Ashley Cole puts a good ball across the face and only Ledley King prevents Drogba having a fairly simple chance.

  • 14'

    Chelsea having the majority of the ball so far, not doing to much though

  • 13'

    Big chance for Drogba to get a shot away in the left-channel, but the Ivorian powerhouse miscues his attempted left-foot shot.

  • 12'

    Bale crosses from the left having beaten Bosingwa. It is too deep, but reaches Lennon who cannot capitalise.

  • 11'

    Van der Vaart is enjoying this occasion. A couple of delightful turns in the area already.

  • 10'

    Well over the bar from 35 yards from the Ivorian.

  • 9'

    Parker clatters Ramires in midfield. Drogba to take a free-kick.

  • 8'

    Terry once more showing no ill-effects from his two cracked ribs rises high to head the ball forward. Goes through to Cudicini.

  • 7'

    Terry charges forward from defence now. Looking to pick out someone in the middle, his ball is good but Drogba dummies the ball with no-one behind.

  • 6'

    Lampard has an attempt as Drogba crosses from the right. The header is well wide in the end.

  • 6'

    Sloppy from David Luiz. The centre-back passes into touch whilst looking for Bosingwa.

  • 5'

    Modric breaks from midfield and looks to slip-in Adebayor. But, his pass is unusually overhit.

  • 4'

    Slow start to the game. Chelsea in particular looking to take their time over possession.

  • 3'

    Beautiful passing from Spurs, until the ball came to Assou-Ekotto who tamely gave the ball away.

  • 2'

    Gallas looks to pick out Adebayor with a long-ball over the top, but John Terry is there to knock the ball clear.

  • 1'

    Spurs startinh with a long-spell of possession in midfield. Everyone getting a touch.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF at Wembley


    Harry v Robbie in the battle of the managers then. Lets get going.


    Minute silence time then, in memory of those tragically caught-up in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.


    In the Premier League, Manchester United have beaten Aston Villa 4-0 to restore their 5 point lead at the summit.


    Ok, so FA Cup time then. Cudicini in-goal for Spurs, Chelsea line-up with a fit John Terry and then Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou in attack. Torres is on the bench.


    Spurs team news: Cudicini; Walker, Gallas, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart, Adebayor.


    Chelsea team news: Cech; Bosingwa, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Ramires, Mata, Kalou; Drogba.


    Meanwhile, Emmanuel Adebayor says that he is out for revenge against the Blues at Wembley.


    After being denied a move to Chelsea, Luka Modric will be in the spotlight.


    We know it's an odd kick-off time, but join us at 1800 BST to see which of Spurs or Chelsea want to meet Liverpool in the FA Cup final more...