Chelsea reached the FA Cup final for the third time in four seasons with a comprehensive, if controversial, 5-1 thrashing of London rival Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley yesterday.
Goals by Didier Drogba and Juan Mata either side of halftime put Chelsea in command before Gareth Bale replied for Spurs but Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda struck again for the Blues who will meet Liverpool in the final next month.
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Mata’s strike in the 49th minute proved a major turning point as his shot appeared to have been blocked before the line only for referee Martin Atkinson to award a goal.
With Chelsea leading 1-0 through a Didier Drogba wonder-strike, referee Martin Atkinson awarded the Blues a second goal after Benoit Assou-Ekotto kept out Juan Mata’s shot on 50 minutes.
Spurs pulled one back, Gareth Bale with a tap-in after Emmanuel Adebayor was brought down by Petr Cech, who would have been sent off had the Welshman missed.
But, with the North London side chasing the game, Ramires clipped in a third, Frank Lampard buried a super free-kick, and Florent Malouda added a late fifth to send the Blues into the May 5 final against a Liverpool side who have also underachieved in the Premier League this season.
The scoreline reflects an emphatic win for Roberto di Matteo's side as they received the perfect lift before Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge
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