Chelsea beat Crystal Palace to set FA Cup final against Liverpool

Chelsea sealed their spot in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea will play in their third FA Cup final in a row on Easter Sunday, thanks to goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s thunderbolt finish propelled the Blues out of an average display and into their 16th FA Cup final, with Mason Mount’s angled attempt securing the victory.

Despite overcoming Real Madrid 3-2 at the Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday night, Chelsea lost their Champions League title, exiting the competition 5-4 on aggregate after extra time. Chelsea struggled to establish their customary stride against Patrick Vieira’s well-organized and skilful Eagles as the fourth period of extra time in a busy season took its toll. In the 65th minute, Loftus-Cheek popped up with a thunderous drive just as Vieira’s men were about to threaten an upset. Loftus-first Cheek’s goal for Chelsea since a 1-1 Europa League draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on May 9, 2019. 11 minutes later, Mount immediately grabbed onto Timo Werner’s inside the ball and tapped home to double their lead. In the late second half,’ substitute striker Romelu Lukaku hit the post from close range, but the miss was unimportant at that time.

Goals from the two midfielders pushed the Blues over their obvious tiredness and into yet another final. Their 2nd final this season and 6th since Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as manager.

Chelsea will now meet Liverpool in the final on 14th May 2022. They will have a chance to take revenge after their penalty shootout defeat in the EFL Carabao Cup final.

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