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Chelsea win FA Cup final

2012-05-05 20:15

London - Chelsea withstood a late Liverpool onslaught to seal their fourth FA Cup final victory in six seasons on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Wembley.

A goal in each half from Brazilian midfielder Ramires and veteran striker Didier Drogba clinched a narrowly deserved win for Chelsea, with substitute Andy Carroll scoring for Liverpool.

The win saw Chelsea skipper John Terry enter the record books as the first man to captain one side to four victories in the competition having already lifted the famous trophy in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

The defeat denied Liverpool the opportunity to end a largely disappointing season with a second piece of silverware following their League Cup triumph over Cardiff in February.

However after controlling much of the game, Champions League finalists Chelsea were made to work hard for their win, and Carroll was denied what would have been a dramatic 82nd-minute equaliser when his close-range header was parried onto the underside of the crossbar by Petr Cech.

Carroll wheeled away to celebrate thinking the ball had crossed the line but referee Phil Dowd and his assistants remained unmoved.

Earlier, Chelsea dominated a poor Liverpool side throughout a poor first half which saw the Merseysiders struggle to get into the game.

Liverpool midfielders Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson were largely anonymous, all too often leaving captain Steven Gerrard overwhelmed.

Chelsea meanwhile looked comfortable throughout, with Frank Lampard and Jon Obi Mikel screening the back four against an impotent Liverpool attack.

Drogba had been the first to get a shot on goal, hooking a volley just over the bar after only 33 seconds as Chelsea started brightly.

The Blues then took the lead on 11 minutes through a Ramires strike that owed everything to poor play from Liverpool

Spearing squandered possession in midfield and Juan Mata gratefully scooped up the loose ball and fired a pass in behind Jose Enrique for Ramires.

The rangy Brazilian shrugged off his man with ease and then took advantage of shoddy goalkeeping from Pepe Reina to lash home at the near post.

Liverpool might have got back into the match almost immediately, only for Branislav Ivanovic to thwart Craig Bellamy's fierce volley on 14 minutes with a gutsy block.

Yet that was as good as it got for Liverpool for the remainder of the half, with Cech having little to do in the Chelsea goal.

Liverpool started the second half more purposefully, with Gerrard producing one surging run into the box and Downing looking lively down the flank.

But Chelsea delivered a hammer blow on 52 minutes when Drogba pounced, rifling home a low left foot shot after being picked out in space by Frank Lampard.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish responded immediately by bringing on Carroll for the ineffectual Spearing but it was Chelsea who continued to look the more threatening of the two sides.

Drogba lashed a volley into the side netting but then the momentum shifted dramatically when Carroll pulled one back for Liverpool.

The 35 million striker pounced after Jose Bosingwa's clearance ricocheted into his path, wrong-footing Terry to fire high into the net.

It was all Liverpool thereafter, with the Reds galvanised by the presence of Carroll in the front line.

Luis Suarez forced a low save from Cech on 73 minutes before Carroll headed just over three minutes later.

Carroll was then denied his headed equaliser eight minutes from time but although Liverpool pressed they were unable to find a way through a resolute Chelsea rearguard action.


AFP

Comments
  • shooshyu.tu - 2012-05-05 20:24

    Congratulations Chelsea from your North London SPURS fan. 2 Now correct - Is this the beginning of of my premonitions for the last games in EPL, FA Cup & Euro CL. Arsenal 1 draw & 1 win, Spurs 2 wins & finish 3rd.. Man City & United both win remaining games, City better GD = EPL Champs. Chelsea to win the FA cup. Bayern Munich to win CL

      Lunga - 2012-05-05 20:48

      Lol... \Spurs fan\. Hahahahaha. Tell me, who is Darren Anderton?

      Lunga - 2012-05-05 20:48

      Lol... \Spurs fan\. Hahahahaha. Tell me, who is Darren Anderton?

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-05-06 05:42

      Lunga - I post a congratulatory comment to a winning team that I do not support & you make an idiotic & immature reply, shame has Lunga been at the Bunga again?

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-05-06 05:42

      Lunga - I post a congratulatory comment to a winning team that I do not support & you make an idiotic & immature reply, shame has Lunga been at the Bunga again?

      Selwyn - 2012-05-06 08:17

      @ROB, ROB where are you now ROB, your last post said your Fools team will beat the Blues!!! Oh of course you said you were going to the pub to watch FOOLS win, hahahahahahaha you probably too drunk to even wake up, pity your deperession.!!!

      Selwyn - 2012-05-06 08:17

      @ROB, ROB where are you now ROB, your last post said your Fools team will beat the Blues!!! Oh of course you said you were going to the pub to watch FOOLS win, hahahahahahaha you probably too drunk to even wake up, pity your deperession.!!!

      Bob - 2012-05-07 07:58

      Are you referring to me Selwyn, if so I would like you to show me where I said we would beat Chelsea in the Final, well done Chelsea you deserved it on the day, my boy's didn't turn up for the 1st hour.

      Bob - 2012-05-07 07:58

      Are you referring to me Selwyn, if so I would like you to show me where I said we would beat Chelsea in the Final, well done Chelsea you deserved it on the day, my boy's didn't turn up for the 1st hour.

  • Niel - 2012-05-05 20:30

    CHELSEA. Amazing peformance. Liverpools goal came as a result of a defensive error. Well deserved win. Given the fact that we've played WAY more games than the pool, our mental fatigue held out. Liverpool should be a championship side. How bad is Suarez? How bad is King Kenny?? LOL!

      Shivaskar - 2012-05-05 20:46

      Kenny MUST GO!!! LFC have played their worst under him. The weakest player of the EPL, i.e.: Henderson, played the full game, all shots from outside the box into the crowd, a first half where Czech never needed to make a save, the side and back passing, possession in their own half, wtf is wrong with this club, just when you think it cannot get worse, they prove us wrong. Gerrard too cannot shoot on target, Enrique cannot link with Downing, Spearing with no creativity, Suarez with poor decision making and ball control, even when they were 2-0 down, they were back passing, this club is f_____d!

      Shivaskar - 2012-05-05 20:46

      Kenny MUST GO!!! LFC have played their worst under him. The weakest player of the EPL, i.e.: Henderson, played the full game, all shots from outside the box into the crowd, a first half where Czech never needed to make a save, the side and back passing, possession in their own half, wtf is wrong with this club, just when you think it cannot get worse, they prove us wrong. Gerrard too cannot shoot on target, Enrique cannot link with Downing, Spearing with no creativity, Suarez with poor decision making and ball control, even when they were 2-0 down, they were back passing, this club is f_____d!

      Alaina - 2012-05-05 23:02

      How bad is Torres? Since leaving Liverpool, he hasn't exactly been on form now, has he? Yes, he may have scored a hat trick recently, but don't forget that he didn't score for a looooong time before that. And to Shivaskar, when was the last time Liverpool won the Carling Cup or got to the FA Finals? I think 2006 was the last time they got a trophy (FA)? Dalglish has managed to pull them out the gutter. Do your homework before making such comments.

      Alaina - 2012-05-05 23:02

      How bad is Torres? Since leaving Liverpool, he hasn't exactly been on form now, has he? Yes, he may have scored a hat trick recently, but don't forget that he didn't score for a looooong time before that. And to Shivaskar, when was the last time Liverpool won the Carling Cup or got to the FA Finals? I think 2006 was the last time they got a trophy (FA)? Dalglish has managed to pull them out the gutter. Do your homework before making such comments.

      Niel - 2012-05-06 09:55

      What has this got to do with Torres? Suarez is your main striker. Torres is not ours. (Didn't start in both Champs league semis or this game). Liverpool has made some massive signings, and who has stepped up? No one. No one has been impressive. Adam? Henderson? Carroll? Liverpool has a great squad. Kenny not the right man for the job, that's for sure. As for the Carling Cup, wooden spoon trophy man. Go check the team sheet of most sides (except liverfool), its a B team at best. Not something to brag about at all. I really feel sorry for liverpool. Such a rich history. But some bad management decisions led to this slump you are in now. Worst decision in football: selling Xavi Alonso.

      Niel - 2012-05-06 09:55

      What has this got to do with Torres? Suarez is your main striker. Torres is not ours. (Didn't start in both Champs league semis or this game). Liverpool has made some massive signings, and who has stepped up? No one. No one has been impressive. Adam? Henderson? Carroll? Liverpool has a great squad. Kenny not the right man for the job, that's for sure. As for the Carling Cup, wooden spoon trophy man. Go check the team sheet of most sides (except liverfool), its a B team at best. Not something to brag about at all. I really feel sorry for liverpool. Such a rich history. But some bad management decisions led to this slump you are in now. Worst decision in football: selling Xavi Alonso.

      Alaina - 2012-05-06 17:23

      My point about Torres is that Chelsea paid a fortune for him and he is not performing like a striker. Even if he isn't the main striker, he still is not performing as well as he used to (he admits himself) so your comment about Suarez is unfair considering Torres. A cup is a cup- if it was Chelsea that won the Carling Cup you wouldn't be acting like it's nothing. Both teams played well last night- Chelsea had a strong defense and Liverpool didn't play poorly. Liverpools players need to learn how to play with each other, but it's not like Chelsea didn't win without a fight. You are being a poor winner by attacking the team and Dalglish, especially considering how well the team have done this season. Teams lose- don't forget your 2-0 loss against Newcastle a few days ago (a team that has come back from being relegated). You have to accept the wins gracefully, and attacking the losing team after a win makes you look arrogent.

      Alaina - 2012-05-06 17:23

      My point about Torres is that Chelsea paid a fortune for him and he is not performing like a striker. Even if he isn't the main striker, he still is not performing as well as he used to (he admits himself) so your comment about Suarez is unfair considering Torres. A cup is a cup- if it was Chelsea that won the Carling Cup you wouldn't be acting like it's nothing. Both teams played well last night- Chelsea had a strong defense and Liverpool didn't play poorly. Liverpools players need to learn how to play with each other, but it's not like Chelsea didn't win without a fight. You are being a poor winner by attacking the team and Dalglish, especially considering how well the team have done this season. Teams lose- don't forget your 2-0 loss against Newcastle a few days ago (a team that has come back from being relegated). You have to accept the wins gracefully, and attacking the losing team after a win makes you look arrogent.

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-07 09:32

      King Kenny has played Chelsea 15 times - he has lost ONCE ! Suarez has scored 21 goals in 50 appearances, and created many more, and he is bad ? Compare that to Torres' record at Chelsea. Chelsea beat us with experience on Saturday, and well done to them. This is the first time in a long time that they have beat us though, and one KEY component was missing - LUCAS ! Never thought I'd say that, but if you look at both Chelsea's goals (great finishes btw), both were caused by Spearing, Lucas' supposed back up Those who stay for the new season, will have learned from this, and Caroll over the last month has been superb, and is showing great BMT, especially for a 23 year old, so we have lots to look forward to True Red

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-07 09:32

      King Kenny has played Chelsea 15 times - he has lost ONCE ! Suarez has scored 21 goals in 50 appearances, and created many more, and he is bad ? Compare that to Torres' record at Chelsea. Chelsea beat us with experience on Saturday, and well done to them. This is the first time in a long time that they have beat us though, and one KEY component was missing - LUCAS ! Never thought I'd say that, but if you look at both Chelsea's goals (great finishes btw), both were caused by Spearing, Lucas' supposed back up Those who stay for the new season, will have learned from this, and Caroll over the last month has been superb, and is showing great BMT, especially for a 23 year old, so we have lots to look forward to True Red

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-07 09:35

      Niel, when WE knocked you's out of the Carling Cup, you had a full strenght team ! So did Man City ! Please don't take absolute rubbish as you sound like a terrible winner. And we didn't want to sell the likes of Alonso / Mascherano, obviously ! They wanted to leave due to the off-field problems at LFC at the time

      aadil.esack - 2012-05-07 09:37

      To the Chavs, 4 FA Cups is 6 seasons IS amazing, well done ! From a Proudly Scouse African Red

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-05-05 20:34

    Well done boys! Our 'worst season in years' might end with better trophies than any of our rivals :)

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-05-05 20:44

    Well done to the New Wembley Kings, ktbffh.

  • bolerodreams - 2012-05-05 20:49

    This is the Team of hope. FA now UEFA after. Chelsea is the best

  • scientistchukwu - 2012-05-05 20:55

    Dat was a great performance from chelsea

  • schihwai - 2012-05-05 22:25

    we are the champion.weldone guyz.Bluesssss 4ever

  • ArchAngel - 2012-05-06 00:52

    We were robbed!!!!!!! Replay shows the ball crossing the line afterCarol's header!@!!!! Fecking thieves!!!!

      Sean - 2012-05-06 21:08

      Lol !! Cry me a river !!

      Sean - 2012-05-06 21:08

      Lol !! Cry me a river !!

      Tyrone - 2012-05-07 11:23

      HAHAHAHAHA no chance! The whole ball has to cross the line. No one can see if the whole ball crossed!! It was a great save!!! CHELSEA FC!!!!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-06 13:42

    Liverpool - spent 120 million pounds and only wins the Carling Cup (on penalties)!!

      Sean - 2012-05-06 21:08

      lol !

      Sean - 2012-05-06 21:08

      lol !

      Bob - 2012-05-07 07:55

      You are a clueless Troll Ferret, stick to something you know a little about, LFC's net spend was nowhere near that, agh whats the point I might aswell talk to the wall.

      Bob - 2012-05-07 07:55

      You are a clueless Troll Ferret, stick to something you know a little about, LFC's net spend was nowhere near that, agh whats the point I might aswell talk to the wall.

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