FA Cup semi-final: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace v Blues win at Wembley

Chelsea staged a second Wembley meeting with Liverpool this season as they overcame stubborn resistance from Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup final.

Liverpool won the Carabao Cup final on penalties in February, but Chelsea will have a chance to get revenge, as second-half goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount underlined their supremacy.

Unlike in the first semi-final between Liverpool and Manchester City, chances were slim until substitute Loftus-Cheek, in place of the injured Mateo Kovacic, opened the scoring with a deflected shot in the 65th minute.

Palace had their chances, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saving Cheikhou Kouyate well in the first half, but they were unable to recover after Mount slid a low shot past Jack Butland with 14 minutes remaining.

Third lucky time for Chelsea?

Chelsea have deservedly reached their third successive FA Cup final and are now hoping to reverse recent history after losing the previous two to Arsenal and Leicester City.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has a remarkable record of reaching domestic and European finals since his appointment and Chelsea will be a formidable opponent for Liverpool, who are in search of a historic quadruple.

Chelsea had to work for their victory but they showed patience, organization and then quality to take control after the break.

In the end, Chelsea were in complete control and only slightly generous in the face of a goal from substitute Romelu Lukaku, who hit the post when it looked easier to score, and the excellent Timo Werner avoided a score that would have been tough on Palace.

Chelsea may be surrounded by confusion off the pitch in the middle of the sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich, but a winning mentality persists and the players showed admirable resilience after the disappointment of their Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid.

And if the EFL Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool earlier this season is anything to go by, the FA Cup equivalent will be a hotly contested affair between two top-quality teams.

Palace on the right track

Palace manager Patrick Vieira and his players were understandably devastated at the final whistle, but the Eagles’ performance here, and throughout the season, is cause for optimism.

Vieira have a side that boasts a number of young emerging talents who play attractive football, although they were asked to show a more pragmatic side here, as they held off Chelsea well until their former loanee Loftus-Cheek struck with an effort that went wide. slightly.

Palace had no turning back after that but, backed by some truly magnificent support, they give the impression of being a well-run club on the right lines under a canny manager with an excellent structure around him.

Dangerous man Wilfried Zaha was too isolated to make an impression, but the key missing component was the cunning, quality and exuberance of England midfielder Conor Gallagher, who was unable to play against his parent club.

Defeat will hurt, but Vieira and Palace can nonetheless be delighted with the progress the club are making.

player of the match

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  1. squad number19Player’s nameMount

  2. squad number12Player’s nameLoftus-Cheek

  3. squad numberelevenPlayer’s namewerner

  4. squad number24Player’s nameJames

  5. squad numbertwoPlayer’s nameRudiger

  6. squad number29Player’s nameHavertz

  7. squad numbersixteenPlayer’s nameMendy

  8. squad number28Player’s nameAzpilicueta

  9. squad number7Player’s namekante

  10. squad number4Player’s nameChristensen

  11. squad number3Player’s nameAlonso

  12. squad number22Player’s nameZiech

  13. squad number8Player’s nameKovacic

  14. squad number6Player’s nameThiago Silva

  15. squad number5Player’s nameGeorge

  16. squad number9Player’s nameLukaku

crystal Palace

  1. squad number6Player’s nameGehi

  2. squad number10Player’s nameEze

  3. squad numberonePlayer’s namebutland

  4. squad number7Player’s nameOlise

  5. squad number8Player’s nameKouyate

  6. squad numbersixteenPlayer’s nameAndersen

  7. squad numberelevenPlayer’s nameZaha

  8. squad number3Player’s nameMitchell

  9. squad numbertwoPlayer’s namePavilion

  10. squad number14Player’s nameMateta

  11. squad numberfifteenPlayer’s nameSlide

  12. squad number18Player’s nameMcArthur

  13. squad number4Player’s nameMilivojevic

  14. squad number9Player’s nameJ Ayew

  15. squad numbertwentyPlayer’s nameBenteke



Training 3-4-1-2

  • sixteenMendy
  • 24James
  • 4ChristensenReplaced forThiago Silvain 82′minutes
  • twoRudiger
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 5GeorgeReplaced forkantein 77′minutes
  • 8KovacicReplaced forLoftus-Cheekin 26′minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 19MountReplaced forZiechin 77′minutes
  • 29HavertzReserved at 38 minutesReplaced forLukakuin 77′minutes
  • elevenwerner


  • oneArrizabalaga
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 7kante
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 17saul
  • 22Ziech
  • 31Sarr

crystal Palace

Training 4-3-3

  • onebutland
  • twoPavilion
  • sixteenAndersen
  • 6Gehi
  • 3Mitchell
  • 8KouyateReplaced forMilivojevicin 85′minutes
  • 18McArthurReplaced forOlisein 72′minutes
  • fifteenSlideReplaced forBentekein 72′minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 14MatetaReplaced forJ Ayewin 55′minutes
  • elevenZaha


  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5tomkins
  • 7Olise
  • 9J Ayew
  • 13Guaita
  • 17Clyne
  • twentyBenteke
  • 22Edward
  • 3. 4Kelly

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