Chelsea to meet Villa in last four

 

FA Cup Review:Goals from Frank Lampard and controversial captain John Terry gave Chelsea a 2-0 victory over Stoke in the FA Cup as they booked a semi-final clash against Aston Villa, who recorded an impressive comeback win against Reading.

Lampard had put the holders in front in the 35th minute when he fired a rising 20 yard shot into the net and Terry sealed victory 22 minutes from time with a firm header.

After two successive defeats, title hopefuls Carlo Ancelotti's side returned to top form and they were drawn with Villa in the last four after Martin O'Neill's men remained on course for a second Wembley final of the season.

Hat-trick hero John Carew inspired a second-half fightback as they came from 2-0 down to beat Reading 4-2.

The Royals had already knocked out Premier League sides Liverpool and Burnley and a third scalp appeared imminent after Shane Long marked his return from suspension with a two-goal blast during the opening 45 minutes.

Brian McDermott's side were the better team, with Jimmy Kebe in particular causing problems down the right flank and the Villa defence looking unusually nervy.

But Villa turned the tie on its head in dramatic fashion with three goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half through Ashley Young and two from Carew.

Then, in injury time, Carew completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being brought down by Ivar Ingimarsson.

Portsmouth, who beat Birmingham yesterday, will meet Tottenham or Fulham in the other semi-final tie.

FA Cup Semi-Final Draw

Aston Villa v Chelsea
Fulham/Tottenham v Portsmouth

(Ties to be played at Wembley Stadium, on April 10th and 11th)