Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City: Ziyech tap-in enough to send Chelsea to FA Cup Final
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Chelsea have reached the FA Cup final with a victory over Manchester City. 

Hakim Ziyech scored the winning goal early in the second half with an easy tap-in. City's 'cup keeper', Zack Steffen, came off his line in an attempt to block Timo Werner's cutback but the German found Ziyech who tapped the ball into an empty net.  

Thomas Tuchel's side will face either Southampton/Leicester - who play in the other semi-final on Sunday afternoon.

Story of the game

After five minutes it was clear to see Chelsea's approach to the match. They utilised the space in behind City's backline with the pace of Timo Werner. Werner find space out wide and played in Ziyech who slotted past City's goalkeeper, Zack Steffen. Unfortunately for Chelsea, Werner was offside and the goal was ruled out. 

To many people's surprise, it was Thomas Tuchel's side that dominated possession in the opening 30 minutes. Ben Chilwell should have put his side ahead when Reece James picked him out at the back post. The left-back half-heartedly volleyed it with his left foot and it dribbled out for a goal-kick. 

Despite Chelsea having the edge in the possession stats, they never truly tested Steffen in the first half. Just like City never really got going. Kevin De Bruyne could hardly get a touch on the ball as N'Golo Kante man-marked him excellently. 

Guardiola's side had a half-decent spell towards the end of the first half when Fernandinho nearly headed past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

A worry for City fans came in the first two minutes of the second half as De Bruyne was forced off due to an injury. The in form, Phil Foden, was replaced the Belgian international. 

Ziyech put Chelsea in front with the easiest of tap-ins. Werner found himself running in on goal similarly to the first half and picked out Ziyech who could not miss. 

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Just minutes later, Ziyech could have doubled his side's lead. A long ball over the top created a one-on-one opportunity but the Moroccan fired his shot right at Steffen who made amends for his mistake. 

Foden whipped in a corner that found Rodri at the back post. Rodri headed the ball back into a dangerous area where Ruben Dias headed over the bar from the six-yard-box. It was the clear-cut chance City had been looking for.  

For the remainder of the match, Chelsea had their backs to the wall. City dominated in their search for an equaliser. For Chelsea, it was Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta who stood in their opponents' way. They were superb in keeping the Cityzens out. 

Christian Pulisic thought he had secured the victory in added time when he smashed it past Steffen, but Jorginho was offside in the build-up. 

In the end, Chelsea's resilient defensive performance was too much for City who couldn't find the back of the net for only the fifth time this season.

Chelsea reach another FA Cup final

Tuchel will be delighted as he will take charge of his first final as Chelsea boss. The German manager joined the London side in January at the expense of club legend, Frank Lampard.

Since Tuchel arrived, he has managed 19 matches and only lost twice. Those two defeats include the embarrassing scoreline of 5-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion and the loss against Porto in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. 

Chelsea will get the opportunity to redeem themselves after they lost last year's FA Cup final 2-1 to London rivals, Arsenal. They will face either Southampton/Leicester who play on Sunday. The FA Cup final date has been set for 15 May. 

Quadruple hopes off for City and Guardiola

It would seem as though one step to making the quadruple possible had already been taken prior to today's result as City progressed to the Champions League semi-finals earlier in the week. 

Prior to their success against Borussia Dortmund, Guardiola had never reached the final four since he took charge of the Manchester club. Throughout the season, the City boss ruled out the chances of doing the quadruple and branded it 'impossible'. Maybe his players took these comments literally. 

For City, the quadruple is now impossible, however, they could still end the campaign with three trophies. They're in the semi-final of the Champions League, they have an 11 point lead at the top of the Premier League and a Carabao Cup final next week against Tottenham Hotspur

To answer the question: How many trophies will they end the year with? You would need a fortune teller. But they have a great chance to add two more trophies to their trophy cabinet over the next month and a half. 

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