Chelsea will face Arsenal in the FA Cup final after they beat Manchester United at Wembley.
Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Blues in first-half stoppage time, after Eric Bailly’s head injury allowed extra minutes.
The Frenchman diverted Cesar Azilicueta’s cross to beat a flapping David De Gea.
Straight after the interval, De Gea failed to cover himself in glory again as he failed to keep out Mason Mounts low strike from outside the penalty box.
Harry Maguire then poked into his own goal after a low Marcos Alonso centre to settle the game, although Bruno Fernandes did score from the penalty spot late on.
The Blues will tackle Arsenal on August 1 back at Wembley in a rematch of the 2002 and 2017 finals.
Here are 5 talking points from Wembley…
1. Arsenal vs Chelsea
The perfect first FA Cup for the new decade is two of the most regular attendees of finals in the last two decades.
Between them, they have 14 appearances at one of the Old Wembley, Millenium Stadium or New Wembley in the past 20 years.
They have met each other twice – Arsenal winning in both meetings in 2002 and 2017.
Tim Lovejoy will tell you about Ray Parlour in the former!
The Gunners might have the advantage in FA Cup finals, but not in recent finals
The Blues were utterly rampant in the Europa League final last year – Arsenal will want revenge.
It all adds up to be an exciting showpiece between two exciting young managers and schizophrenic squads.
Pity, it will be behind closed doors.
2. Formation ch-ch-changes
So, Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were clearly both watching Arsenal closely last night.
Like Mikel Arteta, the duo both decided to go with a back five – one scared of the prospect of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood, the other Willian, Giroud and Pulisic.
Neither of those fully formed front threes materialised on the team sheet.
Perhaps both went slightly too conservative, as that is how it felt for much of the first half as neither team seemed overly keen on piling on the pressure in the final third.
Solskjaer had used this system in United’s victory at Stamford Bridge in February, it worked to a tee then, and however dull much of the first half was to watch, Chelsea didn’t look like scoring here.
Bailly’s sickening head injury forced Solskjaer to rethink and readjust and the decision to return to a more conventional 4-3-3 appeared to be their downfall – along with David De Gea’s flapping.
And on that note…
3. De Gea’s flapping
Sergio Romero had only conceded one goal in his five FA Cup appearances this season.
Within 50 minutes, David De Gea had shipped double that number.
It begs the question why the Argentine was forced down to the bench, especially as other positions saw the Premier League regulars rested – see Martial, Greenwood and Paul Pogba on the bench.
On the other hand, De Gea is becoming more and more of a liability.
“The most overrated keeper I have seen in a long long time,” Roy Keane memorably ranted after his Tottenham mistake.
His decline has been fairly steady over the past couple of seasons, and while he can still produce some other-worldly saves, the gaffes are high profiled.
The way he let Giroud’s shot past him in the first half looked ungainly, and he ultimately should have done better, for Mount’s doubler he should have saved it in his sleep.
There may well have been a bit of power in the strike, but the Spaniard allowed the body to slither under him.
There is some irony that De Gea’s downfall has coincided with United getting stronger elsewhere on the pitch, after the Premier League winner carried the club for a number of years.
But with Dean Henderson returning this summer from his exemplary loan stint at Sheffield United, his days may be numbered.
4. Blues give tough stuff to Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes has been outstanding since his arrival at Old Trafford.
But it was a difficult welcome to Wembley for the Portuguese playmaker as Chelsea ensured his first ride at the famous old groud was anything but comfortable.
Throughout the first period United’s No.18 wasn’t allowed to settle by Chelsea’s midfield – notably Mateo Kovacic.
The Croatian and Jorginho were both regularly snapping at the heels of Fernandes, who came in for some rough treatment – being fouled three times in quick succession during one spell.
Chelsea gave him no quarter – through both fair means and foul – forcing him to move deeper and deeper to find possession, into areas where he was more easily controlled by Lampard’s side.
Taking his penalty was a rare moment of respite from the constant attention.
5. Giroud vs Abraham
This might be a completely short-lived battled for the No.9 role at Chelsea, with Timo Werner arriving shortly.
But since the restart has Giroud proven his place as the Blues’ most trusted striker?
Abraham has had a high-class first season as a Premier League regular, with 17 strikes for club and country.
However, Giroud just has the knack, especially in the FA Cup.
He may not run about like Abraham does, but sometimes simply standing still can cause a nuisance in itself.
The Frenchman has five goals in eight appearances since football returned in June, Abraham – in admittedly less game time – has one.
Now he has the chance of a fifth FA Cup winner’s medal and hurt his former employers.