FA Cup: Chelsea win against Palace and join Liverpool in final

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Chelsea didn’t really rock against a solid Crystal Palace team, but who did let the Blues develop their game in this Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final. So Thomas Tuchel’s men logically won 2–0 and joined Liverpool in the final.

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Tuchel vs Klopp. Chelsea pulled off an easy 2-0 win against Crystal Palace in this Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final, at a Wembley Stadium that was largely won by Patrick Vieira’s Eagles. So the Blues join Liverpool in their FA Cup final, which celebrates its 150th anniversary, beating Manchester City (3-1) on Saturday.

Liberating Loftus-Cheek

If Palace players have long struggled to finish Chelsea’s efforts, Thomas Tuchel’s men were up and took the game on their own. Deprived of one of their best players, Conor Gallagher, banned from playing against Chelsea, from where he is on loan, the Eagles are still in shock, and return to the locker room with a spectacular 0-0. Chelsea were not so dominant in the first half that they would wait until the second half to seal their lead.

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Laboring through long hours on the offensive, Thomas Tuchel’s men were able to be patient and realistic by scoring on their first two real chances. The West London club will have to rely on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, one of the near-heroes of the second leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday. Entering in the 26th minute after an injury to Matteo Kovacic, the English midfielder was able to fully take a floating cross from Kai Havertz with a brilliant half-volley at the entrance (1-0, 65th) of the surface . Once the opening is found, the blue machine starts up.

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Mason Mount, still present at a big meeting

Mason Mount, already a scorer at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, was named man of the match thanks to a fine ball from Timo Werner, to all Wembley’s surprise. Mount, left free of any marking by Palace, only has to run between the lines before accommodating the goalkeeper (2–0, 76th). Romelu Lukaku was also very close to 3-0 at the end of the match, when he hit the post before Hakim Ziyech missed his effort (90+1) as well.

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The game started badly and recovering from a complicated elimination against Real Madrid, Chelsea eventually reassured themselves by qualifying for the FA Cup final, the last of Tuchel’s men to win a title this season. Opportunity. The Reds and Blues meet at Wembley on May 14 for a clash.

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