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Wembley Stadium (ATT 85,731) 15th April 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea Chelsea

Tottenham 1

G Bale (56)


Chelsea 5

D Drogba (43)
J Mata (49)
Ramires (77)
F Lampard (81)
F Malouda (90+4)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 7:54 pm, April 15th 2012

  1. Thanks for joining me today, please stay tuned for the best post match reaction.

  2. Final whistle goes and Chelsea book cup final spot, but the talking point will surely be Mata's goal which should not have stood.

  3. GOAL - FLORENT MALOUDA - Another great ball from Mata is finished well by Malouda.

  4. 90

    Parker is now going off, replaced by Sandro.

  5. 90

    Players being separated as Parker and Mikel clash. Both players booked.

  6. 90

    Good chance for Chelsea as Malouda breaks into the box, he looks for Torres but his pass is poor and chance is gone.

  7. 87

    Torres wins free-kick on the left after being picked out by Kalou.

  8. 84

    Drogba is coming off, with Fernando Torres coming on.

  9. 84

    Drogba is down, looks like he has cramp.

  10. 81

    GOAL - FRANK LAMPARD - A wonderful goal from Lampard as he fires home free-kick from 35-yards.

  11. 80

    Gallas goes into the book.

  12. 79

    Tottenham calls for penalty as Modric cross hits Cahill on the shoulder. Nothing given.

  13. 77

    GOAL - RAMIRES - The Brazilian makes it 3. Great ball from Mata as he chips ball into Ramires's path and he lifts the ball over Cudicini.

  14. 76

    Chelsea corner as Cudicini is off his line quickly to deny Drogba. Lampard takes and Gallas clears with a diving header.

  15. 75

    Van der Vaart makes way for Jermain Defoe.

  16. 72

    Van der Vaart kick looks for King, he almost gets there but is behind again. Chelsea this time clear and Drogba is down on edge of six-yard box. Play is stopped.

  17. 71

    Bale on the charge again, another corner this time off Cahill. Drogba heads behind for another corner.

  18. 70

    Good defending from Gallas and Parker as they combine to deny Kalou.

  19. 69

    Mata corner is deep for Drogba, he chests it down for Cahill, he shoots on the turn but it is over the bar.

  20. 68

    Drogba shot is deflected wide after good block from King.

  21. 64

    Adebayor neatly turns in the box and gets a shot away, but Terry is there to block.

  22. 61

    Drogba tries one from long-range but it is well wide.

  23. 59

    Gary Cahill is on for Luiz.

  24. 57

    Game is not yet restarted as Luiz needs treatment.

  25. 56

    GOAL - GARETH BALE - Spurs get one back, Adebayor breaks clear, Cech comes out and takes the Togo striker out, but Bale is following up to fire home.

  26. 54

    Assou-Ekotto wins corner for Spurs but Chelsea clear.

  27. 52

    Gallas concedes corner as Ramires cross is deflected behind. Lampard takes but Walker clears.

  28. 49

    Replays show that referee Martin Atkinson has made a mistake, Benoit Assou-Ekotto cleared it before it crossed.

  29. 49

    GOAL - JUAN MATA - Corner comes in, Luiz header is parried and Terry comes in looking for rebound, then it comes to Mata whose shoots. Goal is given.

  30. 48

    Cudicini make an excellent save from Mata's snapshot from the edge of the box.

  31. 47

    Ramires on the right finds space, he looks for Drogba at the back post but good defending for Walker.

  32. Second-half and Spurs kick-off. Neither side has made a change.

  33. Half-time and Chelsea have the lead in this semi-final thanks to Drogba's wonderful goal.

  34. 45

    Cudicini has to scramble the ball away after Mata looks to play one-two with Cole but the England full-back just can't get on the end of it. Chelsea corner from Lampard is out for a throw-in.

  35. 43

    GOAL - DIDIER DROGBA - Route one from Chelsea, Lampard picks out Drogba with 50-yard ball up field, the Ivorian takes it down turns Gallas before firing into the top corner. Great finish.

  36. 40

    Off the post from van der Vaart as he cross into the box is missed by Adebayor but it also gets the better of Cech who is relieved to see it cannon back off the upright.

  37. 38

    Great tackle from Kyle Walker to deny Mikel at the far post as Gallas and King appealed for offside.

  38. 36

    Wonderful instinctive block from Terry. Adebayor finds Lennon at back post, he crosses back into the six-yard box for van der Vaart who connects with his header but the Chelsea skipper is there to clear.

  39. 35

    Great move from Lennon as he breaks into box getting away from Luiz, but his attempted pull back is poor and Chelsea clear.

  40. 32

    Corner for Chelsea as Ledley King heads behind, after good cross from Ramires. Lampard takes but Adebayor easily heads clear.

  41. 31

    Bale gets more room on the left and crosses into the box but good work from Terry to head clear.

  42. 28

    Another Spurs corner conceded cheaply by Chelsea, but again the Blues manage to clear without too many issues.

  43. 27

    First real chance of the day as Kalou threads ball into box for Mata, but it is just too strong and the Spaniard can't collect it.

  44. 26

    Spurs corner from van der Vaart, and good defending from Salomon Kalou to get to cross ahead of Ledley King.

  45. 24

    Chelsea enjoying the better of the possession so far.

  46. 24

    Mata on the left and looks for Drogba in the box, but Gallas is there to clear.

  47. 20

    Scott Parker breaks into the box and is denied by excellent tackle from Lampard, and Cole puts it behind before Adebayor can get to the ball. Corner. Van der Vaart takes, but it is too strong and Chelsea clear.

  48. 18

    Bale in full flight down the left but he is dealt with well by David Luiz. Good defending from the Brazilian.

  49. 16

    Yellow card for Drogba as he trips Lennon.

  50. 15

    Rafael van der Vaart tries one from the edge of the box but it is well wide from the Dutchman.

  51. 15

    Good covering challenge from Ledley King to deny Drogba after nice work from Ashley Cole down the left.

  52. 13

    Long ball over the top, and William Gallas goes down after clashing legs with Drogba, play is not stopped and chance for Drogba as ball drops for him on edge of the box but he makes little of the opening as he fluffs his shot.

  53. 12

    Good ball from Modric down the flank for Gareth Bale, he gets the better of Jose Bosingwa and crosses to back post, Aaron Lennon picks it up but his attempted cross deflects to Cech.

  54. 10

    Chelsea free-kick at least 35-yards out. Drogba tries one, but it is high and wide. Very ambitious.

  55. 7

    Didier Drogba finds himself on the flank and curls ball into the box for Frank Lampard, but his header is wide. Tough chance.

  56. 5

    Luka Modric makes break from midfield, he looks to slide in Emmanuel Adebayor, but the pass is too heavy and Petr Cech claims it.

  57. 2

    Both sides exchanging possession early on, whilst Carlo Cudicini gets his first touch.

  58. Chelsea get us underway here kicking from right to left.

  59. Teams are in on their way out the tunnel, Ledley King and John Terry lead their sides out.

  60. Whilst we wait for the team news, why no visit our friends at SkyBet for a little flutter. Tottenham 17/10 Draw 23/10 Chelsea 8/5

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