A look back at this weekend’s FA Cup Semi Finals. We kicked things off with Chelsea vs Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur
After a rather disappointing week, Antonio Conte and his Chelsea team came into this one knowing a win would not only help them reach the FA Cup Final, it would hit Tottenham with a massive psychological blow ahead of the final run in to the Premier League title.
Chelsea opened the scoring when Willian who was brought into the side in place of Eden Hazard. The Brazilian international scored a stunning free kick as the ball flew past Hugo Lloris to make it 1-0. Spurs soon responded as Harry Kane beautifully headed home a Christian Ericksen free kick to level the score at 1-1. Chelsea’s lead was restored heading into the break after Willian scored a penalty to make it 2-1.
Tottenham hit back immediately after half time when Dele Alli pulled his side level once again to make it 2-2. With the game, all square, Conte bought on his Belgian superstar Eden Hazard. What a game changer he turned out to be! Hazard scored a goal of his own 15 minutes after his arrival to make it 3-2 to Chelsea. Hazard repaid the faith of his manager once again as he set up Nemanja Matic’s wonder goal. Matic struck an absolute beauty from range to hand his team a 4-2 victory.
Arsenal vs Manchester City
The action continued on Sunday afternoon as Arsenal went head to head with Manchester City. After a goalless first half and a controversial decision by the linesman that saw a Manchester City goal ruled out after Leroy Sane’s cross was judged to have allegedly gone out of play before swinging back in, although replays show and my personal view is that the ball didn’t go out and City should have had a 1-0 lead.
The game sparked into life in the second half as Sergio Aguero finally broke the deadlock to make it 1-0 to City. Arsenal hit back swiftly after Nacho Monreal hit an absolute stunner to pull The Gunners level for 1-1. After missed opportunities from Yaya Toure and Fernandinho the game went into extra time.
Arsenal capitalised on City’s tiring legs after a scuffed Welbeck shot was pounced on by a deadly Alexis Sanchez who poked home to give Arsene Wenger’s side a 2-1 victory and send them through to the FA Cup Final.
Arsenal and Chelsea will return to Wembley Stadium to contest the FA Cup Final on the 27th May.