FA Cup: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 17/4/22 – Full Match Report

For the third consecutive year, Chelsea advance to the FA Cup final following a successful 90 minutes against Crystal Palace.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

After failing to reach a cup final for the first ever time since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment on Tuesday, Chelsea looked to go one better in the FA Cup where they took on Crystal Palace on a sunny Easter Sunday at Wembley.


Despite their excellent record in the FA Cup, the Blues have lost their last three under the arch at Wembley – with defeats to Arsenal, Leicester and Liverpool in cup finals.


Looking to set the record straight, Thomas Tuchel’s side are determined to add a third trophy to their ever-growing cabinet – after winning the Super Cup and Club World Cup earlier in the season.


Making three changes to the side that won at the Bernabéu on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel rotated Andreas Christensen, Jorginho and captain César Azpilicueta into the starting eleven in the place of Thiago Silva, N’Golo Kanté and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Crystal Palace made four alterations to the side that saw defeat at the King Power Stadium, with Conor Gallagher ineligible to face his parent club.


First Half:

Coming off the back of 120 intense minutes of football in Madrid, Chelsea looked lethargic in the first half which was underpinned by their slow approach to the game. Following a dull opening 20 minutes, the first sign of action arrived on the 24th minute as Kai Havertz lofted a weak header into the hands of Jack Butland.


Minutes later, there was almost a chance at the other end for defender Joachim Andersen, who lost in his race to the ball with Édouard Mendy.


In fact, the best chance of the first half involved Andersen has his struck the post from an outside position. The ‘nearly’ chance fell for the defender as Cheikhou Kouyaté forced an top save from Mendy, who was alert for his first big save of the match.


The most exciting moment of the half for Chelsea was when Kai Havertz went to ground in the penalty area on the 38th minute. The German was however penalised for simulation – earning a deserved place in Anthony Taylor’s book.


As a lacklustre first half came to a close, the Blues were disappointed heading into the break.

Second Half:

Chelsea came out of the traps looking to assert their dominance on the game by controlling possession. One positive in the first half was the movement and threat of Timo Werner, who continued to look lively after the break.


On the 52nd minute Kouyaté had his second attempt on target with a weak header on goal. However, eight minutes later, the Senegalese international should have founder the opener with a header that landed narrowly wide of the target.


Five minutes after the best chance of the game, a deflected cross fell kindly for Ruben Loftus-Cheek who fired the Blues ahead with a sweet strike against his former team.

Deservedly, the reigning European champions went on to double their lead on the 76th minute as Mason Mount converted for the third consecutive game.

There were later great chances at both ends, with Joachim Andersen and Romelu Lukaku missing glorious chances for their teams. However, the result was inevitable, with Chelsea booking their return to Wembley on May 14th.

After the Whistle:

The FA Cup final will be a repeat of the League Cup final, where Liverpool edged past Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out victory. The Blues will undoubtfully have revenge set in their sights against the Reds, who themselves are still in the running of completing the quadruple this season.

Looking to build momentum before the final, Chelsea will close out their Premier League season on a high – confirming their Champions League place for next year in the process. Next up for the Blues is a return to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday against Arsenal.


The Eagles on the other hand are back in action on Wednesday where to head to the North-East to face Newcastle.


Final Score:

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace.

- Loftus-Cheek (65’).

- Mount (76’).


Line-ups:

Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy; James, Christensen (82’), Rüdiger; Azpilicueta ©, Jorginho (77’), Kovačić (26’), Alonso; Mount (77’); Havertz (77’), Werner.

- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (26’), Kanté (77’), Ziyech (77’), Lukaku (77’), Silva (82’).


Crystal Palace (3-5-2): Butland; Kouyaté (85’), Andersen, Guéhi; Ward, Eze, McArthur © (72’), Schlupp (72’), Mitchell; Mateta (55’), Zaha.

- Subs: Ayew (55’), Olise (72’), Benteke (72’), Milivojević (85’).


Referee:

Anthony Taylor.


Possession:

Chelsea (67%) vs Crystal Palace (33%).


Shots:

Chelsea (12) vs Crystal Palace (6).


Shots on Target:

Chelsea (4) vs Crystal Palace (2).


Corners:

Chelsea (5) vs Crystal Palace (2).


Fouls:

Chelsea (6) vs Crystal Palace (6).

- (credit | Sky Sports).


Match Highlights:

- (credit | BT Sport).

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