In what some might suggest was a one sided affair, West London side Chelsea thrashed fellow London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the F.A Cup Semi-Final at Wembley by 5 goals to 1, setting up what promises to be an exciting FA Cup Final against Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool side.
What started as a tight affair and close encounter between both sides, the deadlock was soon broken when talismanic Chelsea striker Didier Drogba opened the scoring just before half time. With the second half soon getting underway, Chelsea increased their advantage but did so however under controversial circumstances. The ball in Spurs penalty area, a goalmouth scramble led to the ball landing at Juan Mata’s feet for which the Spaniard fired at goal only for it to be blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Ledley King. However this effort by Mata was deemed by the officials to have crossed the line despite it being clear by many that the ball had not crossed the line. Despite protestations from the Spurs team, the goal was allowed to make it 2-0 to Chelsea and once again open the debate about goal line technology.
Not letting this phase them, Spurs hit back with a goal from Gareth Bale to give themselves a fighting chance of reaching their first FA Cup Final in over 20 years. This comeback was soon erased by Chelsea when Brazilian midfielder beat the offside trap to clip the ball over Spurs keeper Carlo Cudicini to make it 3-1 to Chelsea. Finishing the job for the Blues, Chelsea veterans Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda notched in two further goals to make it 5–1 and effectively seal their place in the FA Cup Final where Liverpool now wait for them in May.
A tremendous result for Chelsea, this victory for the Blues continues their great run of form under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo. Despite their original title aspirations being a lost cause, the Blues now find themselves still in two Cup finals and Champions League qualification still looking a possibility. Spurs on the other hand, yesterday’s defeat added more concern to their recent run of poor form and they must now regroup and focus on cementing that valuable fourth Champions League spot.
On Sunday 15th April 2012, WinkBall video reporters Alex and Archie were down at Wembley Stadium to speak to both sets of fans for the Chelsea v Spurs FA Cup Semi-Final clash. Speaking to both sets of fans, they were asked their predictions for the game and afterwards captured their reaction to the result, including their thoughts on the contentious Juan Mata goal.