Chelsea defeated arch rivals, Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 to book a place in the finals of the English FA Cup.
In the thrilling encounter at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea twice led Spurs but the London neighbours always found a way to keep parity.
Brazilian Willian opened scoring for Chelsea in the fifth minute, but Harry Kane scored the equalizer 12 minutes after. In the 42nd minute a foul by Tottenham against Victor Moses gifted Willian his second goal via the resulting penalty kick.
But seven minutes after resumption of play, Dele Alli replied with his a goal to level proceedings with Chelsea.
Matters remained unsettled until the 75th minute when Eden Hazard, who came in as a substitute, scored for Chelsea, with the Belgian driving powerfully past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes.
Nemanja Matic set up an appearance alongside Arsenal or Manchester City in the FA Cup final with a spectacular drive five minutes later. His goal effectively put the match beyond Tottenham.
Spurs have now lost 7 FA Cup semi finals in a row: to Chelsea twice, Arsenal twice, Newcastle, Everton and P’mouth.
Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager surprised many by starting with both Diego Costa and Eden Hazard on the bench and without them, his team took the lead twice through Willian but Tottenham each time drew level.
On the hour the two big-name players were introduced, followed no long after by Cesc Fabregas whose corner led to Hazard’s thrilling goal to make it 3-2. Nemanja Matic applied the coup de grace with a resounding thump of the ball, and it is Chelsea who will return to Wembley for the domestic season’s showpiece finale.
Said Conte: ‘To reach in my first season the final of this competition is a great achievement but not only for me, above all for my players and for the club and for the staff and the fans,’ Conte said before leaving Wembley to concentrate on the league campaign once more.
‘We deserved this after a very tough game against a really strong team. To see this type of game, I think England must be proud. To have this type of football, with this level of intensity from the players, it is great sport. For this semi-final I saw two teams very strong and a really good game, not only for Chelsea but also Tottenham.’’