Chelsea beat Spurs 5-1 in FA Cup semi-final
By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea reached the FA Cup final for the third time in four seasons with a comprehensive, if controversial, 5-1 thrashing of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday.
Goals by Didier Drogba and Juan Mata either side of halftime put Chelsea in command before Gareth Bale replied for Spurs but Ramires, Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda struck again for the Blues who will meet Liverpool in the final next month.
Mata's strike in the 49th minute proved a major turning point as his shot appeared to have been blocked before the line only for referee Martin Atkinson to award a goal.
In the end the decision did not prove decisive as Chelsea ran riot to give themselves a huge boost before hosting Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.
The only negatives were a hamstring injury to central defender David Luiz who went off on a stretcher and disrespectful chanting by some Chelsea fans which forced a pre-match silence to mark the anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy to be cut short.
"It was a great performance by our team. I think that it's a boost of confidence for us," stand-in manager Roberto Di Matteo told reporters after admitting his side had enjoyed a slice of fortune along the way.
"In this case we were on the lucky side but many times before we have had the game going against us. But we didn't score two we scored five."
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