Chelsea beat Palace to set up Liverpool cup final

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.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek opened scoring when he shot a stunning strike that hit defender Andersen and flew into the net to put Tuchel’s men ahead at 65′.

A classy first touch and a brilliant goal from Mount gave Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 lead against Palace in Easter Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final.

All the dominance eventually paid off for Chelsea but The Eagles came closest to scoring when Cheikhou Kouyate’s volley was saved by Edouard Mendy, to keep the score at 0-0 heading into half-time.

Patrick Vieira’s men looked really solid defensively and made life difficult for Chelsea in more than one occasion.
There was a low moment for the Blues when Mateo Kovacic limped off halfway through the first-half with Ruben Loftus-Cheek replacing the midfielder.

German forward, Kai Havertz was booked for a dive in Chelsea’s low point of the half, taking a tumble in expecting a challenge from Marc Guehi that never came.

Timo Werner should have opened the second half with at least a shot on target but was muscled out by Kouyate when sent in on goal by Loftus-Cheek’s flicked pass.

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 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.

  

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