Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Tottenham 1 – Chelsea 5 (FA Cup semi-final, April 15, 2012) (Alternative highlights & Longer highlights.) The first half came to light in the final 10 minutes as Rafael van der Vaart had a header cleared off the line before the Dutchman hit the post. The Spurs pressure came to nothing and Didier Drogba opened the scoring, rolling Gallas and hitting a screamer past Cudicini. Chelsea came out firing early in the second half and grabbed a hugely controversial second with Martin Atkinson failing to spot a John Terry foul and the ball failing to cross the line from Juan Mata’s shot. Six minutes later Spurs got back into it as Adebayor ran threw, was felled by Cech allowing Gareth Bale to tap into an empty net. With 13 minutes to go Chelsea regained their 2-goal advantage as Ramires ran through and dinked it past Cudicini. Minutes later it was 4-1 as Frank Lampard knocked in a brilliant long range free-kick. Florent Malouda added a fifth in injury time.
Gif: The linesman’s view of Juan Mata’s Phantom goal (Spurs 1 – Chelsea 5).
An excellent video from the FA, shows how Wembley was transformed from the Liverpool-Everton semi-final to Spurs versus Chelsea.