Blue is the colour at Wembley

Blue is the colour at Wembley

We all know that Sunday’s FA cup semi-final will be remembered for Chelsea’s controversial second goal that never was. The back pages in today’s papers have predictably been dominated by this moment in the game. However, the debate over goal line technology is one that will rumble on until July at least, when the International FA Board meeting is scheduled. So until then I would like to leave it at that.

What shouldn’t be forgotten are the two standout goals of the game.

To start things off, Didier Drogba’s classy strike was a vintage goal. In his signature style, Drogba shrugged off the figure of William Gallas before spinning towards goal to smash the ball into the top corner. The power and speed of the shot made it unstoppable and added a piece of brilliance to a game that was failing to reach its high expectations.

Didier Drogba scores the first goal in the FA Cup semi-final, his seventh goal at the New Wembley.

Lampard’s free kick was also one to savour. With some spectators convinced that the goalkeeper had been deceived by a deflection, the replays showed this to be untrue. Lampard had perfectly placed the ball into the bottom corner and it was a stroke of genius.  His free kick was one that both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of.

Frank Lampard scores the free kick to make the score 4-1 to Chelsea
Source: AP Photo/Tom Hevezi

It was a game with two great goals and a weekend with two great FA Cup semi-final ties. So let’s try to forget the controversy surrounding Sunday’s game and look forward to a fantasic final that could make or break the season for Chelsea or Liverpool.

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  1. jumpingpolarbear

    April 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Everton should have won 🙁

  2. Philip

    April 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Everton could have won, they had the chances but they did make some costly mistakes.

  3. playwithflair

    April 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I think that Liverpool deserve some credit for coming back into the match in the second half. But both teams made it a great cup tie in the end. Would be interesting to hear your thoughts on the Chelsea game…

  4. deejahn

    April 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

    and yesterday the chose to cream ASHLEY YOUNG for being a gud forward the refs need to make the right decisions
    CHELSEA in the long run deserved it but the broke the spurs with that folly goal!!!

  5. David

    April 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I don’t think he ‘goal that never was’ made much difference in the end. Spurs ran out of steam not long after Bale’s goal, Mata was given far too much space and they paid for it later in the game. Barcelona will be an altogether different game. If they can deal with the possession of Barca, who knows, the brute force of Drogba could be pivotal.

    • Jem

      April 21, 2012 at 1:44 am

      Anyone who believes the non goal did not change the. Course of t game s as ignorant as that teams fans who could not recognize a minute’s silence for those lives lost at Hillsborough !

  6. cupboardthewardrobe

    April 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’d have to say that the goals Chelsea scored (besides the obvious one) were brilliant, from Drogba’s worldie, to Lampards impression of Ronaldo, but the turning point was that goal and as it had huge implications on how Spurs then went about the rest of the game.

    Liverpool/Chelsea final will be tight, and you could say Liverpool have history on their side, but Chelsea have the current team and form.

    Let’s see how well Chelsea do with Barcelona, Arsenal and the rest of their games before May 5th.

    Nice read.

    • playwithflair

      April 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      It is interesting to hear your thoughts because I think we’d all agree that Chelsea deserved the win and played well. Yet at 1-0 even a below-par Tottenham still had every chance, as any other team would have, and that is why people are more uncomfortable with the result.

      I agree that the FA Cup final will be closely contested, which is great news for the competition. On Wednesday, it will be very interesting to see the Chelsea team selection and whether Drogba will start.

  7. sport50

    April 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I still think Chelsea would have won without that “goal.” They had the game under control and Spurs were limited to breaks. They’ll have a harder time breaking down Liverpool in the final.

  8. Tom

    April 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Chelsea started the 2nd half on the front foot. They were creating all sorts of trouble at the right end and Cudicini has made two brilliant saves in quick succession. And also considering Chelsea were 1-0 up at the moment, I don’t think the controversial 2nd goal was the major deciding factor of the game. Even after Spurs scored their goal, it was Chelsea who looked more attacking and it always looked like they would score again (and did, 3 times in fact).

    First goal is a Drogba special. Can’t think of many forwards who can out-muscle a defender like that and then to unleash a scorcher. Regarding the Lampard goal, it was no fluke. If anyone thinks it is, just watch his goal he scored against Ipswich in the FA cup (2009 I guess). That for me was even better but this one will be highlighted more due to the opposition and the occasion.

    Some people were so quick to jump on the bandwagon and condemn Mata saying that he tried to con the referee in to giving the goal. But after the pictures emerged the day after the game (showing the ball very close to crossing the line) you can’t blame Mata for believing that it went in. It really might have. But I agree that if it’s inconclusive the referee should not give it as a goal.

  9. lrk89

    April 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Not a big fan of Chelsea but they did do well especially on Wednesday

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