Chelsea, even with a discolored display, scored today against Liverpool in the FA Cup final, beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in the semi-finals, which they only unlocked in the second half.
After a ‘null’ at half-time at London’s Wembley Stadium, Chelsea settled the matter in their favor within 10 minutes thanks to goals scored by midfielder Loftus-Cheek – who had replaced the injured Mateo Kovacic midway through the first time -, at 65, and by forward Mason Mount, at 75.
The team coached by the German Thomas Tuchel, ranked third in the English championship, confirmed their favoritism against the 13th place in the competition, who even benefited from the first great goal scoring opportunity, but the goalkeeper Mendy prevented Kouyate from opening the scoring after 35 minutes.
The European and world champion was sharper in the second half, opening the scoring through Loftus-Cheek, with a well-placed shot inside the area, after an assist from Germany’s Kai Havertz, increasing the lead by Mount, after a good combination with the also Germanic Timo Werner.
Chelsea, who won the FA Cup eight times, the last of which in 2018, is betting all the ‘chips’ on the competition, as it has already been eliminated from the Champions League, in which it defended the trophy, and the delay in the championship English seems unrecoverable.
In the FA Cup final for the 2021/22 season, which will take place on May 14, Chelsea will face Liverpool, a team in which the Portuguese international forward Diogo Jota plays, winner of the other semi-final, played on Saturday, against Manchester City, 3-2.
The ‘reds’, who on Wednesday eliminated Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, were even winning 3-0, but allowed the English League leader to approach, with Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva reducing to the minimum margin already in the clearing period.
The FA Cup final repeats the decisive game of the English League Cup, played in February, in which Liverpool beat Chelsea after a ‘marathon’ in the penalty shoot-out (11-10), after a 0-0 draw .
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