Chelsea beat Spurs 4-2 in thriller to reach FA Cup final

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON,(Reuters)-Late goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matric settled a rip-roaring FA Cup semi-final 4-2 in Chelsea’s favour over title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday.It was only the fourth time in the famous old knockout competition that a semi-final had featured the current top two in the top flight and it did not disappoint.Brazilian Willian, surprisingly selected ahead of Hazard in the starting line-up, twice put Chelsea ahead in a sizzling contest, first after four minutes with a free kick and then close to halftime from the penalty spot.Twice Tottenham roared back with Harry Kane heading them level after 18 minutes and fellow England international Dele Alli making it 2-2 with a superb finish in the 52nd minute.Tottenham, who are four points behind Chelsea in the Premier League after a brilliant run of seven successive wins, dominated at times but their hopes of a first FA Cup final since 1991 were sunk late on by two moments of magic.First Hazard, who replaced Willian with half an hour remaining, buried a low shot past Hugo Lloris after 75 minutes, then Matic’s 25-metre piledriver sank Spurs who have won only one of their last nine matches at Wembley and have now lost in seven successive FA Cup semi-finals.It was a huge win for Chelsea who have wobbled lately with two league defeats and they will face either Arsenal or Manchester City in the final when a “double” could be on offer.After a resounding ovation for former England defender and Tottenham’s Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu who died on Friday the semi-final began at a high tempo.Chelsea, with Diego Costa and Hazard surprisingly on the bench, settled quickly and struck first.Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld was a touch fortunate to escape a red card when his desperate tackle ended Pedro’s marauding run, but greater punishment was exacted by Willian who curled a beautiful free kick past a flat-footed Lloris.Tottenham were rattled as Chelsea swarmed around the pitch threatening a second goal but Chelsea’s lead lasted only 13 minutes.DELICATE HEADERChristian Eriksen’s corner was blocked but when the ball came back to the Dane he curled in a low cross and Kane, almost kneeling, feathered a delicate header beyond Thibaut Courtois for his 26th goal of the season.Alli was becoming more involved and left David Luiz in agony after accidentally treading on the Chelsea defender’s ankle.As Tottenham assumed control Eric Dier went close to giving them the lead with a glancing header from Jan Vertonghen’s teasing delivery that floated just wide.Chelsea regained the lead out of the blue.Eating up the ground on a forward run N’Golo Kante slipped a ball towards the overlapping Victor Moses down the right and he was sent sprawling to the turf by Son Heung-min, playing as a left wing back, who needlessly slid in.After a short delay referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the penalty spot and Willian dispatched it past Lloris.Tottenham hit back again in brilliant fashion seven minutes after the break when Eriksen’s teasing ball left Luiz floundering and Alli, timing his run to perfection, stabbed the ball high past Courtois.Conte reacted by introducing Costa and Hazard with Willian making way and it was Hazard who stunned Tottenham when he was allowed to much space and he fired home through a crowd.Matic then sent Chelsea’s fans into ecstasy with an unstoppable fourth.last_img read more

Reg 5 residents accuse MMA of corruption

first_img…lead protest at Onverwagt officeResidents of Region Five ( Mahaica- Berbice) staged a peaceful protest outside of the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary Agriculture Development Association (MMA-ADA) Tuesday morning calling the association out on corruption.Some of the residents of Region Five who protested peacefully outside of the MMA office TuesdayThe residents accused the MMA of taking the lands that they occupy and distributing thousands of acres to members of their Board, relatives and friends of Board members, as well as Members of Parliament.“The former chairman of MMA board got over 5000 acres of land and I barely have 10 acres and fighting to take it back. How this could be fair? We are farmers and we just trying to make a living for ourselves and families,” one of the residents said.Peter Jaikaran, a resident who spoke with Guyana Times on Tuesday, called on the Government to conduct a thorough investigation into the gross mismanagement of the State’s resources by the MMA Board. He made calls for the Board members to go as they have been distributing land to APNU/AFC close associates, who are not farming on the land but rather, renting it out.“We are farmers and we can’t even get a piece of land to farm. But APNU and their friends getting thousands and thousands of acres of land which they renting out,” he said.Meanwhile, other protesters questioned if MPs are getting land, why ordinary farmers who are occupying the land and depending on farming for their livelihood cannot benefit. “How these people getting land? Jennifer Wade and other MPs and so… and we living right here on these lands and can’t get,” a protestor questioned.Peoples Progressive Party Member of Parliament Faizal Jaffarally, and other residents of the region who formed part of the protest action, called for an independent inquiry into how the lands were distributed and urged the Minister of Agriculture and President to examine the process by which the lands were given. “We want the President and the ministers to help these farmers to get back their lands that were taken away and given to APNU MPs,” the protester stated.Meanwhile, Region Five Vice Chairman Rion Peters, who was also in support of Tuesday’s protest, said that he stands firm with the residents since they are being treated unfairly. He said the protest is in response to large quantities of land being distributed by the Board of the MMA to family and friends while region five farmers cannot acquire any and are left to suffer as they depend on farming for their livelihood. He said such an act cannot be condoned and reiterated calls on those responsible to investigate the way the Board has been handling State lands in Region Five. “We cannot allow them to trample on the rights of the people in Region Five who were occupying these lands for years and we believe that every resident should be able to have equal access to these lands. I am supporting this cause because it is just and the MMA should have acted fairly,” the Vice Chairman said.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at his press conference last week, accused the Ministry of the Presidency, through the Lands and Surveys Commission, of alleged corruption in the leasing of State lands.Jagdeo pointed to a number of land leases and showed that they were all handed out recently to officials, who worked close to the Government. Majority of the leases that the Opposition Leader revealed were handed out after the No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government on December 21, 2018.last_img read more