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|Ashley Young, A|
|John Carew (Emile Heskey, 82)|
|Rodrigo da Costa Alex|
|Joe Cole (Salomon Kalou, 65)|
|John Obi Mikel|
|Souza Deco (Michael Ballack, 77)|
|Didier Drogba (Nicolas Anelka, 80)|
Goals from Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard will see the Blues take on Tottenham Hotspur or Portsmouth, who meet in the second semi-final on Sunday here at Wembley, in the final in May.
Howard Webb will not be their favourite person after failing to award a penalty early in the first-half and Chelsea have punished them.
ASTON VILLA 0-3 CHELSEA: That's it here at Wembley. Chelsea, on their second-half performance, deserved the win but Villa will feel hard done by.
ASTON VILLA 0-3 CHELSEA: LAMPARD adds the gloss to the victory! Zhirkov breaks and plays in Malouda. The winger holds the ball up for Lampard to slot home. The three-goal cushion flatters them if the truth be told.
Zhirkov bundles Young to the ground and gives a free-kick away.
Villa are on the rocks again as Kalou cuts in and Anelka has an attempt on goal.
Kalou's effort is well saved from Friedel but Malouda screws wide when he should have finished.
Anelka isn't far from getting a goal himself there by Friedel smothers.
The Villa fans are filing out of the stadium and it's been a disappointing afternoon for O'Neill and his men.
Four additional minutes at Wembley.
Cuellar failed to make the telling challenge there and Friedel had no chance.
ASTON VILLA 0-2 CHELSEA: MALOUDA wraps it up! A fine ball into the area by Ballack is swept home by the marauding Malouda to seal their place in another FA Cup final.
Zhirkov fires on goal from the angle but the ball deflects back at him and out for a goal kick.
Villa are forcing the issue but Warnock's long throw is collected with ease by Cech, who has had a quiet afternoon.
Ferreira buys a cheap free-kick from Young. Time running out rapidly now.
From the free-kick, Collins glances into Agbonlahor's path but Terry clears.
Mikel is the next into the book for a foul on Milner.
Fine ball from Lampard into Malouda's path but once again, Collins applies the pressure to put him off as he shows weakly at Friedel.
Emile Heskey comes on for Carew.
Villa are sending more men forward as they seek a way back into the contest. Chelsea win a corner.
Drogba makes way and his goal looks like being the crucial statistic of this semi-final. Nicolas Anelka is on for the last ten minutes or so in his place.
Ballack brings down Young. Can the Midlands side make this one count? No. Straight to Cech. Very disappointing.
Great ball in from Ballack is nodded away for a corner by Cuellar. Once again, the set-piece amounts to nothing.
Young's tame header is straight at Cech. Good chance for Villa to restore parity.
Michael Ballack makes his way into the action and Deco goes off.
Villa win a throw as Chelsea prepare to make another change.
Terry is cautioned for a challenge on England team-mate Milner.
Great run up the left from Malouda brings a corner. Villa look to be running out of steam on their big day.
Fine move from Chelsea ends in disappointment as Malouda's cross hits the side netting.
Final 20 minutes. Can Chelsea grab another, can they hold on or will Martin O'Neill's men force a way back into this?
Alex puts a good tackle in as Agbonlahor finds himself one-on-one with the Brazilian.
Cuellar's centre is nodded wide by Carew. Villa won't give up without a fight here.
ASTON VILLA 0-1 CHELSEA: DROGBA opens the scoring! Malouda's corner is headed out to Terry and his effort is guided home by the powerful striker beyond Friedel's despairing dive. Hard luck on Villa.
Straight up the other end and Drogba is thwarted at the last as Dunne clears for a corner.
Good play from Villa again as Young's cross is cleared.
Joe Cole comes off for Salomon Kalou. The Chelsea fans are not particularly impressed with that one.
Downing creates an opening and his left-footed drive is deflected behind for another corner. But Young's corner is headed wide by Collins.
Richard Dunne keeps Drogba out by putting his body in between him and the ball.
Ferreira falls to the turf as the surface irritates Chelsea's players once again.
Great chasing from Agbonlahor as he wins the throw from Mikel. From resulting throw, Young bursts down the right and crosses but Cech palms out for a corner, which comes to nothing.
Clever play from Milner as he throws the ball against Alex to forge an attacking opportunity. That has woke the Villa faithful.
Agbonlahor and Malouda clash in the centre. Webb soon calms the situation down.
Tit-for-tat now all around the park. Looks like this could be settled by a moment of magic.
Tenacious tackling in the middle as the game gets back to it's gritty nature.
Fine play from the Blues as Drogba feeds Cole but Cuellar clears the ball in the nick of time.
This FA Cup semi-final is finally bursting into life. All we need is a goal now.
Drogba's excellent cross is gathered by the brave Friedel with Cole a whisker away from sliding home.
The chance comes to nothing as Carlo Ancelotti's men defend stoutly.
Trickery from Ashley Young brings a throw deep in Chelsea territory.
Deco is the first player to go into the book.
Gritty play from both teams. It's going to be tough to call this one.
The corner falls to Deco on the edge of the area and his thunderous half volley strays wide.
Chelsea win another corner as Drogba attacks Collins. But the flame haired centre-half makes the tackle.
Villa clear their lines as Lampard is caught offside.
Chelsea raise their game and Deco wins a cheap corner. Terry and co are up for this.
Carew's flicked header almost opens the scoring but creeps just wide. Positive signs for the underdogs.
Downing's delivery is fired in and Ferreira heads behind for a corner.
Immediate free-kick for Villa in dangerous position wide on the right.
Villa kick-off for the second-half. Hopefully it will be a bit more entertaining than the opening period.
ASTON VILLA 0-0 CHELSEA: That's the half-time whistle at Wembley. Villa have dominated in spells and they may have reason to be unhappy with referee Howard Webb, who waved away a strong penalty appeal after Agbonlahor was hauled down by Mikel.
Villa have a throw in deep in Chelsea's half. Can they launch one last chance before the half-time whistle?
Carew's push is noticed by the referee and a free-kick is handed to Chelsea.
Warnock is doing his England chances no harm with Fabio Capello watching from the stands. His fine challenge halts Cole in his tracks as he looks to create an attacking chance on the wing.
Zhirkov runs out of space and the ball rolls out for a goal kick. We are nearing the interval of a drab first-half.
Malouda's effort clears the bar but credit goes to Collins for putting in a crunching challenge on the edge of the box.
Fine defensive header from Stephen Warnock as Cole looks to bring down Lampard's cross field pass.
Drogba free-kick crashes against the wall and, as Chelsea keep possession, the ball breaks Cole and his snap-shot is held by Friedel.
Chelsea growing in confidence here. Drogba is featuring more prominently and Lampard is looking alert.
Malouda's cross finds Drogba in the area unmarked and he should have done a lot better with that chance as Villa's defenders were on their backs. The surface is still causing big problems.
Villa are by far the better side here but they need to make their dominance pay.
Downing's left wing cross causes havoc for Cech and Terry is at the rescue as he flicks away with Carew set for a tap in. Close call for the FA Cup holders.
Yet again Villa keep their more illustrious opponents at arm length as they force Zhirkov to put the ball into touch.
Drogba and Lampard combine with the Ivorian's teasing cross headed away. Webb has blown up for a free-kick for a push on a Villa defender.
Agbonlahor and Young break but it is the former's poor pass to the latter that is intercepted as Chelsea breathe a sigh of relief.
Steady Villa buil-up is broken down but their English trio of Agbonlahor, Milner and Downing are impressing.
Young free-kick in promising area is headed away by Lampard.
Confusion in the Chelsea box as Milner's cross is thumped away by Terry.
Good work-rate from Downing as he wins a free-kick deep in defensive territory.
Cuellar makes big challenge on Malouda as he threatens to skip clear.
Shocking Malouda pass ends a solid 90 seconds of possession from the Blues.
Chelsea build pressure with neat passing and close control as Villa chase.
Chelsea awarded a free-kick and they will look to slow this down after being on the back-foot for the last five minutes or so.
Another corner for Villa as they force the issue.
The game is opening up now as Carlos Cuellar's cross brings another corner. But Downing's kick is punched clear.
Carew's effort lacks power and Cech claims.
Petrov wins the ball off Deco as the diminutive play-maker bombs on.
That has got the Villa fans off their seats.
Villa fury as Webb waves away a big penalty shout. John Obi Mikel trips Agbonlahor as the front man prepares to pull the trigger. Early controversy here.
James Milner goes close as he drills an effort from outside the box just wide of Cech's far post. The big stopper was sprawling there.
Plenty of midfield possession for both sides but nothing major to report.
Young's cross when well-placed is over-hit, much to the Villans' disappointment.
Another Lampard through ball is intercepted by Collins.
Plenty of players from both sides are struggling with their footing on the slick Wembley pitch.
Fine play from Cole as he cuts in from the left before fizzing a shot wide of Brad Friedel's near post.
Drogba's towering header tees up Malouda and neat play with Zhrikov brings the Blues a corner but Alex heads tamely wide.
Chelsea looking dominant with Cole and Florent Malouda causing problems for the Villa full-backs on the wings.
Good possession play from Chelsea in the middle ends as James Collins cuts out Lampard's pass.
Petrov brings down Deco and referee Howard Webb awards the free-kick.
Frank Lampard's telling ball over the top has just too much on it as Drogba seeks the first chance.
Peter Cech punches away and Joe Cole completes the defensive clearance.
Agbonlahor breaks free of Terry and Alex before setting up Young. His cross is deflected behind for the first corner of the clash.
John Carew holds the ball up on the right wing but is ushered out of play by Yuri Zhirkov.
A quiet start here as both sides look to get settled.
Drogba and Deco get the game started here at Wembley.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill has picked an attacking starting line-up with Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Carew, Stewart Downing and Ashley Young figuring.
Didier Drogba starts for Chelsea with Nicolas Anelka on the bench as John Terry prepares to lead his team out of the tunnel to a stadium with plenty of empty seats.
Good afternoon and welcome to this FA Cup semi-final clash between Aston Villa and Chelsea from Wembley.
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