A goal in each half from Harry Kane and Dele Alli wasn’t enough at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening, as we went down 4-2 to Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals.
An enthralling and gripping contest which swayed both ways throughout, and which we were the better team for the majority of, was ultimately settled by two quick goals from Chelsea in the 75th and 80th minutes.
Just five minutes were on the clock when Chelsea took the lead, Willian curling a 22-yard free-kick past Hugo Lloris, but we were level 13 minutes later when Kane guided in Christian Eriksen’s cross.
For the next half-hour we were superior but fell behind two minutes before the interval. Heung-Min Son was deemed to have brought down Victor Moses inside the area and Willian added his second of the game from the penalty spot.
We hit back seven minutes into the second half though, Eriksen again the creator as his perfect ball forward was tucked home by Dele and it was game on again.
But the introduction off the bench of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard lifted the Blues and they scored twice in five minutes to leave us deflated. First Hazard picked up a loose ball from a corner and drilled through a crowded penalty area to make it 3-2 before Nemanja Matic crashed home from fully 30 yards 10 minutes from time.
Before the game, there was a poignant minute’s applause from every corner of the stadium and both sets of players, as a mark of respect for Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23s coach, who sadly passed away yesterday.
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