Blues romp to Wembley win over Spurs

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Chelsea booked their place in May's FA Cup final showdown with Liverpool after a 5-1 demolition of Tottenham at Wembley.

The Blues took the lead just before half-time through Didier Drogba's thunderous 15-yard strike, when he turned William Gallas on the edge of the box before firing past a helpless Carlo Cudicini in the Spurs goal.

After the interval, the biggest talking point came when referee Martin Atkinson allowed a second Chelsea goal when a melee of players appeared to block Juan Mata's shot on the goal line.

Spurs responded when Gareth Bale converted from close range, after Emmanuel Adebayor latched onto a great through-ball from Scott Parker, before being brought down by the out-rushing Petr Cech.

With the deficit reduced to 2-1 Wembley was set for a grandstand ending, before a Ramires chip, a Frank Lampard free-kick, and a well-placed finish from Florent Malouda - all in the space of 15 minutes - gave Roberto Di Matteo's side a comfortable victory.

Harry Redknapp's players looked dejected at the final whistle, and the Spurs boss will now need to lift his players for the end of season run-in.

Chelsea meanwhile, will take confidence from this evening's victory into Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg clash against Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.

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