Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace, FA Cup semifinal: Live blog; highlights
…as it happened: live blog, updates, highlights, lineups, comments, etc.
Another FA Cup semifinal for Chelsea today, this time with the men’s squad taking on a Conor Gallagher-less Crystal Palace. This will presumably make things easier for us, but it’s much easier said than done.
To do the job for the Blues, Thomas Tuchel sends his best out at Wembley while giving a rest to a couple of players who almost beat Real Madrid to a Champions League semifinal spot. Whereas Patrick Vieira on the Eagles’ side also goes for strength in his starting lineup, trying to compensate Conor’s absence.
Come on, Chelsea!
Chelsea starting lineup (3-4-3):
Mendy | Azplicueta (c), Christensen, Rüdiger | James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso | Mount, Havertz, Werner
Substitutes from: Arrizabalaga, Thiago Silva, Sarr, Kanté, Loftus-Cheek, Saúl, Pulisic, Ziyech, Lukaku
Crystal Palace starting lineup (4-3-3):
Butland | Ward, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell | Schlupp, Kouyaté, McArthur (c) | Eze, Mateta, Zaha
Substitutes from: Guaitá, Clyne, Kelly, Tomkins, Milivojevic, Olise, Ayew, Edouard, Benteke
Date / Time: Sunday, April 17, 2022, 16.30 BST; 11:30am EDT; 9pm IST
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Referee: Anthony Taylor (on pitch); John Brooks (VAR)
On TV: ITV 1 (UK); none (USA); Sony TEN 2 (India); SuperSport MaXimo 1 (NGA); elsewhere
Streaming: ITV Hub (UK); ESPN+ (USA); Sony LIV (India); DStv Now (NGA)
At the end of dozens of passes exchanged between Chelsea players in Palace’s half, Mount tries from range and fires it over the bar.
Chelsea with high lines and playing passes in Palace’s half from kickoff.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF
Back at it.
END OF FIRST HALF
0-0 at the break.
Some “huff and puff” from Palace to close the first half.
45min ADDITIONAL TIME
Many fair battles on the pitch especially in midfield, but neither side are finding spaces to breach through good goalscoring areas.
…and back to the lull state.
38min CHELSEA YELLOW CARD
Havertz goes for dark arts in the box trying to create a penalty. Finds a yellow card instead.
36min MENDY! WHAT A KEEPER!
TWO great defences from Mendy to keep Palace goalless!
An “oopsie” by Jorginho nearly gifts Palace a great chance to dart into our defence. The backline handles it perfectly.
Mount tries from outside the box… and it’s a field goal!
Nearly a wonderful volley from Azpilicueta out of a Werner cross, which the skipper hits with his shin and out of target.