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FA Cup semi-finals: Classic London clashes

Tottenham meet Chelsea on Sunday evening for the right to take on Liverpool in the FA Cup final – and if it is anything like these three clashes, we are in for a belter.

FA CUP FINAL (1966-67)
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2-1 CHELSEA

The first final to be contested by two London clubs was dubbed ‘The Cockney Cup Final’.

Wembley was fast becoming something of a second home for Tottenham as they went on to lift the FA Cup for the third time in seven years, adding to their triumphs in 1961 and 1962.

For Chelsea it was a first visit to the national stadium. Their only previous appearance in the final in 1915 - a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield United - was at Old Trafford.

Tottenham settled well with Joe Kinnear and Alan Gilzean looking lively but it was not until the 40th minute that Jimmy Robertson volleyed them in front from the edge of the box.

Frank Saul’s turn and shot extended the lead after 67 minutes before Bobby Tambling headed a reply for Chelsea with five minutes remaining.

FA CUP SIXTH ROUND PROPER (1981-82)
CHELSEA 2-3 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

A Tottenham team that included Ossie Ardiles triumphed in the sixth round on the way to retaining the FA Cup and lifting the trophy for a seventh time.

The tie saw Spurs - holders having beaten Manchester City in a replay the previous year courtesy of Ricky Villa’s mercurial matchwinner - produce some marvellous football on a bumpy Stamford Bridge pitch.

Glenn Hoddle was imperious on the day, displaying his range of passing and creating two goals and scoring the other to send the Tottenham fans back to north London happy.

Spurs’ grip on the FA Cup looked to be slipping when Mike Fillery’s fierce free-kick gave Chelsea the lead just before half-time.

But superb goals by Steve Archibald, Hoddle and Micky Hazard in the space of 10 second-half minutes eased Tottenham through, despite Alan Mayes pulling a goal back.

After overcoming Leicester City in the semi-final, Tottenham again needed a replay in the final. A Hoddle penalty finally seeing off QPR.

FA CUP SIXTH ROUND PROPER (2006-07)
CHELSEA 3-3 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
REPLAY: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1-2 CHELSEA

This time it was Chelsea’s turn to triumph in the sixth round proper on their way to winning the FA Cup.

A cracking game at Stamford Bridge saw Tottenham lose a two-goal half-time lead but almost win it in the last minute when Jermain Defoe smashed a shot against the crossbar.

Frank Lampard equalised following Dimitar Berbatov’s early opener for Spurs, but Michael Essien’s own goal and a Hossam Ghaly strike put the visitors in control.

Lampard brought Chelsea back to within a goal midway through the second half, before substitute Salomon Kalou volleyed the leveller to set up a replay at White Hart Lane eight days later.

Two superb second-half strikes from Andrei Shevchenko and Shaun Wright-Phillips put Chelsea 2-0 ahead, before Robbie Keane scored from the penalty spot to set up a tense final 10 minutes.

After needing extra-time to beat Blackburn Rovers in the semi-final, Chelsea were taken all the way again in the final by Manchester United, with Didier Drogba scoring the winner after 116 minutes to seal Chelsea’s fourth Cup triumph.

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Both games at Wembley Stadium

Saturday 14th April (kick-off 12:30)

Liverpool 2-1 Everton

Sunday 15th April (kick-off 18:00)

Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea

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