Chelsea and Manchester United book their places in the FA Cup semifimals.
April 5, 2007 11:45pm CST
Champions Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 and league leaders Manchester United overcame Middlesbrough with a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty on Monday to book their places in next month's semifinals of the FA Cup. United will meet Watford and Chelsea will take on Blackburn Rovers, with the final scheduled to return to the rebuilt Wembley stadium. A magical 55th minute goal conjured against the run of play from Andriy Shevchenko and a second scorcher nine minutes later from Shaun Wright-Phillips earned Chelsea their win in Monday’s quarterfinal replay. Seven minutes later Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba expertly chested a ball, passed from deep by Ashley Cole, to Wright-Phillips on his left and the diminutive winger belted it past Paul Robinson in the Spurs net. United had Middlesbrough on the backfoot from the first kick in their replay and might have scored half a dozen but for some fine goalkeeping from Mark Schwarzer. The tie was finally decided by a Ronaldo penalty after the Portuguese winger was brought down by Jonathan Woodgate in the 74th minute. After the London tie an angry fan raced on to the pitch and aimed a punch at Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard who managed to duck out of the way. He was manhandled to the ground and led away by security staff. Lampard insisted he was within his rights to celebrate and said: "I saw the guy coming and just ducked. He should never have been on pitch. There is a lot of emotion in this game, but we should be able to celebrate with our own fans. "These scenes were totally unacceptable and we will be contacting Spurs as a matter of priority," said an FA spokesman on Tuesday.