The FA Cup - Semi-Final
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FA Cup semi-final: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace - Blues win at Wembley

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Wembley

Chelsea set up a second Wembley meeting with Liverpool this season as they overcame Crystal Palace's stubborn resistance to reach the FA Cup final.

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

Unlike the first semi-final between Liverpool and Manchester City, chances were at a premium until substitute Loftus-Cheek, on for the injured Mateo Kovacic, broke the deadlock with a deflected shot after 65 minutes.

Palace had their opportunities, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saving well from Cheikhou Kouyate in the first half, but they could not come back after Mount slipped a low finish beyond Jack Butland with 14 minutes left.

Third time lucky for Chelsea?

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace: Thomas Tuchel happy with "patient" Chelsea

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

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

Chelsea had to work had for their triumph but they showed patience, organisation and then quality to take control after half-time.

By the end, Chelsea were in complete command and only some generosity in front of goal from substitute Romelu Lukaku, who struck the post when it seemed easier to score, and the otherwise excellent Timo Werner prevented a scoreline that would have been harsh on Palace.

Chelsea may be surrounded by turmoil off the pitch amid the sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich, but a winning mentality persists on it and the players showed admirable powers of recovery following the disappointment of their Champions League quarter-final elimination by 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 tightly-contested affair between two high-quality sides.

Palace on the right track

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace: Patrick Vieira praises players efforts

Palace manager Patrick Vieira and his players were understandably devastated at the final whistle but the Eagles' performance here, and over the season as a whole, gives great cause for optimism.

Vieira has squad boasting several emerging young talents playing attractive football, although they were required to show a more pragmatic side here as they contained Chelsea well until their former loanee Loftus-Cheek struck with an effort that took a slight deflection.

There was no way back for Palace after that but, backed by truly magnificent support, they give the impression of a well-run club on the right lines under an astute manager with an excellent structure around him.

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

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

Player of the match

MountMason Mount

with an average of 7.04

Chelsea

  1. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    7.04

  2. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek
    Average rating

    6.92

  3. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    6.88

  4. Squad number24Player nameJames
    Average rating

    6.44

  5. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
    Average rating

    6.29

  6. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    6.26

  7. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    6.24

  8. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    6.05

  9. Squad number7Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    5.99

  10. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
    Average rating

    5.93

  11. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
    Average rating

    5.87

  12. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    5.71

  13. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    5.68

  14. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    5.59

  15. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    5.32

  16. Squad number9Player nameLukaku
    Average rating

    4.94

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi
    Average rating

    6.75

  2. Squad number10Player nameEze
    Average rating

    6.71

  3. Squad number1Player nameButland
    Average rating

    6.53

  4. Squad number7Player nameOlise
    Average rating

    6.50

  5. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté
    Average rating

    6.32

  6. Squad number16Player nameAndersen
    Average rating

    6.29

  7. Squad number11Player nameZaha
    Average rating

    6.29

  8. Squad number3Player nameMitchell
    Average rating

    6.26

  9. Squad number2Player nameWard
    Average rating

    6.23

  10. Squad number14Player nameMateta
    Average rating

    6.20

  11. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp
    Average rating

    6.11

  12. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur
    Average rating

    6.10

  13. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic
    Average rating

    6.09

  14. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew
    Average rating

    5.92

  15. Squad number20Player nameBenteke
    Average rating

    5.76

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16Mendy
  • 24James
  • 4ChristensenSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 82'minutes
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forKantéat 77'minutes
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 26'minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 19MountSubstituted forZiyechat 77'minutes
  • 29HavertzBooked at 38minsSubstituted forLukakuat 76'minutes
  • 11Werner

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 7Kanté
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 17Saúl
  • 22Ziyech
  • 31Sarr

Crystal Palace

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Butland
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forMilivojevicat 85'minutes
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 2Ward
  • 10Eze
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forOliseat 72'minutes
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forBentekeat 72'minutes
  • 3Mitchell
  • 14MatetaSubstituted forJ Ayewat 55'minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5Tomkins
  • 7Olise
  • 9J Ayew
  • 13Guaita
  • 17Clyne
  • 20Benteke
  • 22Édouard
  • 34Kelly
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
76,238

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Timo Werner (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Marc Guéhi.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Timo Werner.

  9. Post update

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

  11. Post update

    Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Michael Olise (Crystal Palace).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Luka Milivojevic replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Thiago Silva replaces Andreas Christensen.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Tyrick Mitchell.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Timo Werner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Jordan Ayew following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Olise with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Reece James.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

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