Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Chelsea, FA Cup Semifinal 2012: Chelsea Beat Spurs 5-1 To Book Final With Liverpool

It was a controversial and action-packed second half, but Chelsea are going back to Wembley in May to take on Liverpool in the FA Cup Final after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 today.

The second period was a complete turnaround form the way the first started, with incident and controversy right from the whistle.

Dider Drogba's mazy dribble in the 48th minute led to Juan Mata's shot being turned away for a corner, and that's where it all began. From the corner, David Luiz got a good head to the ball, forcing Carlo Cudicini into a point blank save. In the ensuing goalmouth scramble, Mata turned the ball toward goal, and claimed the ball crossed the line past the pile of bodies. Replays showed that Martin Atkinson got the decision to allow the goal horribly wrong, as it hadn't crossed the line. Needless to say, Spurs were furious.

Perhaps inspired by the injustice, managed to hit back straight away, and in the 55th minute, Gareth Bale had pulled on back for Spurs, however this itself was not without its own controversy. A brilliant ball by Scott Parker sent through Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese hitman charged toward the onrushing Petr Cech, and was brought down by the Czech keeper. It was a certain sending off and penalty had it not been for Bale putting the ball into an empty net.

Gary Cahill, on as a substitute for David Luiz, who pulled up injured chasing down Adebayor for the Spurs goal, could have made it 3-1 when his turn and half-volley went over the bar, while Adebayor himself could have equalized from a header during a slew of Spurs corners.

With 15 minutes to play though, the game was put out of reach when Ramires beat the offside trap, ran on to Mata's perfectly weighted ball to dink it over Cudicini to give Chelsea a 3-1 lead.

Not that Chelsea were done scoring, as in the 80th minute, just to make absolutely sure that Chelsea would be headed to Wembley again in May, Frank Lampard hit a stunning freekick from over 25-yards to seal the deal. Swerving this way and that, Cudicini stood no chance.

With Spurs physically and emotionally shattered and Chelsea on a high, the final moments of the game were little more than a procession for the Blues. That however didn't stop Florent Malouda putting the icing on the cake with a fifth goal in the 93rd minute of the game. Played through, and against tired legs, it was an easy finish for the Frenchman to lift the ball over Cudicini. All of a sudden the earlier controversy seems so insignificant.

For more post-match reaction head to our Chelsea site, We Ain't Got No History. Or for Spurs fans reactions head to Cartilage Free Captain.

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