Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea – Drogba, Mata, Bale, Ramires, Lampard, Malouda | Official FA Cup highlights

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Chelsea thrashed Tottenham to set up an FA Cup final meeting with Liverpool – but the victory was accompanied by fierce controversy that renewed the debate over the need for goalline technology.

The scoreline reflects an emphatic win for Roberto di Matteo’s side as they received the perfect lift before Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs, however, were left complaining bitterly that they were the victims of an injustice that swung the destiny of this all-London confrontation decisively in Chelsea’s favour when referee Martin Atkinson made a crucial intervention just after the interval.

Chelsea were leading through Didier Drogba’s goal when Ledley King and Benoit Assou-Ekotto blocked Juan Mata’s shot in a chaotic goalmouth scramble.

The ball did not appear to cross the line, a view supported by television replays as Blues captain John Terry also joined the melee, but referee Atkinson awarded the goal – to the obvious anger of Spurs and their management team.

Harry Redknapp’s players pleaded with the officials to reconsider, but their protests were in vain and Chelsea had taken a decisive hold on the game.

Gareth Bale gave his side hope with a goal shortly afterwards but the real damage was done and Chelsea reasserted their authority to finish easy winners with further goals from Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda.

Chelsea will point to that victory margin as confirmation of their superiority – but Spurs will complain their hopes of turning the game around were damaged fatally by Atkinson’s decision.

The referee seemed well placed to award the goal, but video evidence suggested the protests were well founded and the incident only strengthens the case of those lobbying for technology to assist officials.

Before kick-off, a section of Chelsea’s support sadly let themselves and their club down by noisily interrupting the silence held in memory of the Hillsborough disaster and for Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, who collapsed and died after suffering a heart attack during a Serie B game on Saturday.

After early sparring, Spurs started to take control as the interval approached and twice came close to taking the lead. Terry blocked Rafael van der Vaart’s header on the line and the same player saw his cross strike the post after Adebayor was unable to apply a touch.

So it was against the run of play that their London rivals took the lead two minutes before the interval through Drogba. He rolled William Gallas inside the area before flashing a stunning finish high past keeper Carlo Cudicini.

The second half was only four minutes old when the moment arrived that will leave Spurs and their supporters nursing wounds about this semi-final forever.

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Comments

Michael Schumacher says:

Drogbas goal:
Hold up play βœ”
Touchβœ”
Strengthβœ”
Agilityβœ”
Shot powerβœ”
Finishβœ”

Ben plank says:

The commentators – never praise Chelsea, always say how unlucky Spurs are.

Emeka Eric1947 says:

When men were men. Always blues for life.

samsideen barry says:

Guys can you help me when will Tottenham win trophy ?

Robert Gitau says:

Sad to imagine that Kalou would be the best striker in the current Chelsea squad… By miles.

Ash 10 Hazard says:

Who’s here after Chelsea’s loss against Leicester

NTW says:

Spurs can be anything except the winner.

Purwanti Allan says:

2021 anyone remembered this Spurs vs Chelsea duel??

papa LeoMessi says:

Respect to both clubs Spurs and Chelsea garzie

AGGRESSiVE says:

Juan Mata πŸ’™

Askar Seven says:

Poor defending by david luiz

Mckenzie Lepps says:

DROGBAAAA!!!!

Swanand Soman says:

Martin Atkinson master class .. one of Chelsea’s best ever signings after Lampard and Drogba

Syed Adeeb says:

Ramires was one of The Most Underrated Players at Chelsea

Lonely Lemon says:

Jermaine Jenas: "Spurs deserved this one"

M1st4rE1it3 says:

Nobody's talking how dead the comon tater sounds like on drogbas first goal

James Cameron says:

Why is the video quality so bad?

L says:

Won the UCL and FA Cup double that season

Samsa Alp says:

Drogba ΓΆzleniyon be Kral

TT101 says:

I watched this when I was 7 and apart from the obvious UCL 2012 this one of my earliest memories watching Chelsea on tv

Genre Type beats says:

But then you have fools bringing up Drogbas goals like he didn't do much more than that. He was a team player…..The 3rd goal literally belonged to him and the 5th was an assist from him.

sulley muntari says:

As weird as it sounds if Gareth Bale didn't score that Goal Spurs would have won

Jimi says:

Still watching this in 2020

Clanciee says:

Chelsea fan or not that never crossed the line

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