Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace: Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount send Blues into third consecutive FA Cup final

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount scored second-half goals to send Chelsea into their third consecutive FA Cup final with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley.

On a bright Easter Sunday afternoon in London, substitute Loftus-Cheek’s first goal of the season (65) and Mount’s composed finish 11 minutes later were enough to book a meeting with seven-time winners Liverpool on May 14 in a repeat of February’s Carabao Cup final.

After suffering Champions League heartbreak in Madrid on Tuesday, Chelsea appeared to carry that disappointment into the semi-final as they started lethargically and without any real conviction. In a quiet and uneventful first half, the best chance fell to Palace, with Cheikhou Kouyate’s volleyed drive forcing Edouard Mendy into a fine save before an offside Joachim Andersen hit a post with the rebound.

The tie needed a moment of magic and Loftus-Cheek, who had replaced the injured Mateo Kovacic midway through the opening period, delivered just that 20 minutes after the interval.How the teams lined up | Match stats

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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored the opener for Chelsea with his first goal of the season

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    Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (7), Rudiger (7), James (7), Jorginho (7), Kovacic (6), Alonso (7), Mount (7), Havertz (6), Werner (7).

    Subs: Loftus-Cheek (8), Ziyech (n/a), Lukaku (n/a), Kante (n/a).

    Crystal Palace: Butland (6), Ward (5), Guehi (7), Anderson (5), Mitchell (6), Kouyate (6), McArthur (7), Schlupp (7), Zaha (6), Eze (6), Mateta (6).

    Subs: Ayew (6), Benteke (n/a), Olise (n/a).

    Man of the match: Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

    Palace left-back Tyrick Mitchell was caught on the ball and, after a couple of quick one-touch passes saw Kai Havertz advance into the box, his half-cleared effort was smashed home by Loftus-Cheek via a slight deflection for the opener.

    The 26-year-old, who spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Palace, punched the air in celebration as he ended a Chelsea goal drought stretching back to May 9, 2019.

    Eleven minutes later and the tie was over. Timo Werner’s simple square ball from the edge of the box was nicked past Andersen by Mount’s first touch before the England international then buried a finish beyond Jack Butland for his 12th goal of the campaign.


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