In the end, Crystal Palace could no longer stand in the way of Chelsea. The match at Wembley did not spread much excitement. In fact, there has been only one match.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
But Chelsea don’t have time to think about it now. After losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League a few days ago, there is no possibility of winning the title in the league. The title is about to win an FA Cup, with Thomas Tuchel’s team content to reach the final.
Liverpool reached the final by beating Manchester City at Wembley yesterday, today Chelsea is facing Liverpool by defeating Palace 2-0 at the same Wembley. Chelsea-Liverpool final on May 14 at Wembley.
The two teams also met in the League Cup final at Wembley last February. Liverpool won the tiebreaker 11-10 in a goalless draw after 90 minutes of extra time.
Under Arsenal legend French midfielder Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace football has at times fascinated. The fast-paced football of short passes does not go hand in hand with the traditional long-pass type of football, so it takes time for Vieira to sort it out. However, in the meantime, the Palace has shown a glimpse in several matches this season.
Tottenham lost 3-0 in the league at the start of the season. Manchester City lost 2-0 in a league match, and a few days ago in a goalless draw. They also beat Arsenal 3-0 at the beginning of April. But today he was not even a speck of football.
The first half is very messy! It seemed that both parties tried to take no risk. Crystal Palace, defending two lines of four, seemed to be happy to keep the ball in Chelsea’s possession, waiting for Chelsea’s counter-attack to take place. But even though Chelsea got possession of the ball, they have been disappointed repeatedly in front of the defense of the palace.
The fruit? In the full 45 minutes, the two teams were able to put a shot at the goal post! However, the Palace has taken the big test of Chelsea in that. Chelsea left-back Alonso tried to clear the Eberichi Edge free-kick, but the ball stayed on the edge of the box. Palace midfielder Shikhu Kuat fell to his feet, his volley jumped and Chelsea goalkeeper Mendi returned, but the ball once again fell to the feet of Palace defender Joaquim Anderson in the box. Anderson’s bar comes back from six yards away!
In the 71st minute of the second half, Kawat’s head hit the side net from the corner. But after that, besides defending, the mind of the palace was broken. Patrick Vieira’s team scored the goal from their own mistake!
Palace left-back Tyrick Mitchell lost control of the ball outside his own box, and Chelsea forward Kai Hawartz took the ball and cut back. Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Chick got a pass in the middle of the D-box and wrapped the ball in the net with a great volley. He replaced Kovacic, who was injured in the first half.
The second goal did not last long. Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s second goal in the 7th minute, with Timo Werner contributing.
Werner got the ball in front of the Palace box and controlled it, pulling the defenders towards himself. Then he gently extended the pass towards the mount running in the box. Mount’s great finishing goal that knocked the defender out in the first touch.
Romelu Lukaku is responsible for another goal that Chelsea did not get. In the 69th minute, Werner took the ball and extended the pass to Lukaku, but the Belgian striker’s first touch shot returned to the post.
Of course, there was no doubt about the result of the match!