Willian scored twice to send Chelsea on their way to a 4-2 victory over Tottenham at Wembley
Chelsea pulled away in the second half with two impressive strikes from Eden hazard and Nemanja Matic to pile more Wembley misery on Spurs, who have now lost their last seven FA Cup semi-finals in a row.
With the action on the pitch impossible to take your eye off, there was plenty that went under the radar.
1. Priceless goal, priceless reaction
Fewer strikes better than Nemanja Matic’s howitzer have graced the new Wembley and his goal was befitting of an incredible match… as was Kurt Zouma’s reaction on the bench.
As the Serbian’s effort found the top corner of Hugo Lloris’s net, the French defender cut a dumbfounded figure as he raised his hands to the top of his head in disbelief at what he had just witnessed.
Before he knew it he was covering his mouth with his hands in an effort to hide his shocked look. To be fair to the defender it is no wonder he was in a state of shock – the goal Matic’s first for Chelsea in nearly a year.
Kurt Zouma couldn’t believe it when Nemanja Matic’s incredible effort hit the back of the net
The French defender is mobbed by his team-mates as they celebrate the decisive goal
Zouma covers his expression of disbelief after Matic ensures the Blues will return to Wembley
2. Who needs Eden Hazard
Nerves will have stirred among Chelsea fans at 4.15pm when the teams were announced, with no sign of talisman Eden Hazard in the starting line up, with Willian taking his place.
However, those nerves quickly settled, as the Brazilian produced a moment of magic the Belgian himself would have been proud of, as his free-kick beat Hugo Lloris to put the Blues in front, leaving many to wonder what all the fuss had been about.
Not to be outdone, however, hazard did make sure he had his say when coming off the bench as he scored the decisive goal to finally swing the tie in the Blues’ favour.
Willian celebrates his opening strike with Nathan Ake and fellow countryman David Luiz
Willian’s performance drew a lot of praise after he was named in the side ahead of Eden Hazard
3. Wembley woes continue for Spurs
As Chelsea fans celebrated their opener, Tottenham fans will have had to deal with the familiar sinking feeling they have come to associate with the national stadium.
Wembley is set to be a temporary home for Spurs next season, but on recent evidence it’ll be anything but a happy one, with the side having conceded on each of their previous nine appearances at the home of football.
Willian’s early strike ensured that number rose to 10, and along with the knowledge that Spurs have lost each of their last seven FA Cup semi-finals, it was another tough day for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and their supporters.
Hugo Lloris cuts a dejected figure on the Wembley turf as his side crash to defeat once again
It was another difficult day to endure for the Tottenham supporters as their side lost 4-2
4. Pensioners day out
Any trip to Wembley is a memorable day out for all fans, young and old, and the Chelsea Pensioners certainly will have enjoyed their visit.
Dressed in their familiar red coats, the veterans arrived in style on a double decker bus, pimped out in the colours of Chelsea, to see their side book their place in the final.
And the bus driver can’t quite put his feet up for the rest of the season just yet, with the Pensioners now set to travel en mass to the national stadium again in May for the final.
The Chelsea Pensioners turned up for the semi-final in a fully-kitted out double decker bus
The Pensioners will have enjoyed their day out after watching their team reach the final
5. Batshuayi binned from penalty duties
Michy Batshuayi is a striker in need of a goal, but his team-mates were having none of it when he stepped up to take the penalty.
The Belgian rushed to pick up the ball after Heung-min Son had felled Victor Moses on the penalty area, and placed it on the spot, only for boss Antonio Conte to steal his big moment.
The Italian demanded that Willian take the spot-kick a message that was relayed to a clearly disgruntled Batshuayi by Cesar Azpilicueta.
All was soon forgotten though, as Willian scored to put Chelsea back in front.
Michy Batshuayi picked up the ball to take the spot-kick after Victor Moses was fouled
Boss Antonio Conte, though, was adamant that Willian was to take the important kick
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta relayed the message to Batshuayi that he wouldn’t be taking it
6. Conte flying high
With the air space above the UK’s football grounds becoming increasingly crowded, it was at least refreshing to see a positive message being displayed from the skies as yet another aeroplane flew a banner over a football match.
So take a bow Chelsea fans for going with the message, ‘Antonio! Antonio!’ in support of their Italian boss during the first half.
Not that Antonio Conte will have been able to read it. Or anyone in the ground for that matter. How much did that cost again?
A plane flew above the national stadium with a message in support of the Chelsea manager
The display read: ‘Antonio! Antonio!’ and arrived just after Chelsea had taken an early lead
Conte celebrates after his side go ahead through Willian’s free-kick, before the plane appears
7. Tributes all round for Ugo Ehiogu
After the shock death of Tottenham’s under 23s coach Ugo Ehiogu on Friday, tributes poured in from the world of football in memory of the former England defender.
And there were numerous gestures on show at Wembley on Saturday, too, with the electronic display on the front of Wembley displaying the player’s name in his memory.
Both sides also wore black armbands, while there was also a minute’s applause held before kick-off. A fitting tribute to one of the game’s most respected players.
Wembley paid its respects to Ugo Ehiogu, displaying the player’s name on the stadium screen
One fan shows off his top with Ehiogu’s name on the back, along with the age he died at, 44
EDITED FROM: dailymail.co.uk