Chelsea humble Spurs

first_imgLONDON (AP):Eden Hazard came off the bench to help Chelsea into the FA Cup final with a 4-2 victory over Tottenham yesterday as the English Premier League leaders overwhelmed their title rivals to stay on course for a double.Chelsea shut down Tottenham’s fightback in a potent five-minute spell in the second half inspired by Hazard, who had been unexpectedly relegated to the bench.Hazard shot the ball through a crowded penalty area into the net in the 75th minute and teed up Nemanja Matic for a powerful strike off the inside of the crossbar to secure a final against Arsenal or Manchester City.Chelsea condemned Tottenham to a seventh successive FA Cup semi-final loss, and also have a four-point lead over their London rivals in the league title race.Twice Willian put Chelsea in front – from a free kick in the fifth minute and from a penalty two minutes before half-time – but Tottenham came back each time through Harry Kane’s flicked header and Dele Alli’s strike.Despite Tottenham posing the greater threat after Alli latched on to Christian Eriksen’s exquisite long pass in the 52nd minute, the north London club had nothing to show for its dominance. And a double substitution by Antonio Conte after an hour swung the semi-final back in Chelsea’s favour with Hazard arriving on the pitch with top-scorer Diego Costa.SPECTACULAR FASHIONA third Chelsea substitute, Cesc Fabregas, set up Hazard’s goal within a minute of being brought on. The midfielder’s corner was inadvertently flicked on by Tottenham defender Kyle Walker. Then Chelsea’s return trip to Wembley for the final next month was secured by Matic in spectacular fashion, with Conte’s side asserting its strength over Tottenham.Arsenal faces Manchester City in the second semi-final today. There were four Premier League games.English Premier League results: Bournemouth 4 Middlesbrough 0; Hull 2 Watford 0; Swansea 2 Stoke 0; West Ham 0 Everton 0.last_img read more

New Zealand brace for Peru onslaught

first_img0Shares0000New Zealand’s coach Anthony Hudson walks from the field at half-time during the World Cup football qualifying match against Peru at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on November 11, 2017 © AFP/File / Marty MELVILLELIMA, Peru, Nov 15 – New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson said his team are preparing for an early onslaught as they face Peru here on Wednesday with a World Cup place on the line.The New Zealanders take on Peru in their Oceania-South America playoff with the odds against them after a 0-0 draw in the first leg at Wellington on Saturday. However, Hudson believes the pressure is all on hosts Peru, who are aiming to secure their first appearance at a World Cup finals since 1982.“We know that if Peru loses, it will be a national disaster,” Hudson said. “We don’t have that pressure. We have a united and small but strong team that is here to win.”Hudson said he believes that awareness of that pressure will prompt Peru to begin aggressively when Wednesday’s second leg kicks off at Lima’s Estadio Nacional.“I expect their team to try and play very fast and try and score early,” Hudson said.“The longer the tie stays the way it is, the more it will go in our favour. I imagine the pressure will only increase on the home team every five minutes as the game goes on.“And because of that pressure, I think they’re going to start very fast.”New Zealand, ranked 122nd in the world, need only a score draw in Lima to be assured of their third World Cup berth, following appearances at the 1982 and 2010 finals.New Zealand captain Winston Reid, meanwhile, was only too happy to remind Peru of their own struggles when it came to qualifying for the World Cup.Asked to comment on New Zealand’s poor record of qualifying for the World Cup, the West Ham defender replied: “Well you haven’t been to a World Cup for a while have you?“Records are meant to be broken, for you and for us. So we will see.”Hudson, meanwhile, said he expects Burnley’s Chris Wood to be ready to play after a recent hamstring problem.“He’ll be fine. Every day that passes he has been getting better,” Hudson said.Peru, meanwhile, will look to strikers Jefferson Farfan and Raul Ruidiaz to help provide the cutting edge in the absence of the suspended Paolo Guerrero.Guerrero is unavailable after failing a dope test last month.“We still have one more final and we have to give everything to get to the World Cup,” said Farfan, who plays for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.“New Zealand is a team that is very disciplined tactically and in defence it does not leave any space. You have to be patient to find the space.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more