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Wembley Stadium

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

FA Cup - Final
Attendance: 89,102



Ramires (11), Didier Drogba (52)
Andrew Carroll (64)

John Mikel Obi (37)
Daniel Agger (45), Luis Suárez (82)

View complete set Roberto Di Matteo
View complete set Kenny Dalglish

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The FA Cup Final. Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS.
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Chelsea''s FA Cup final talisman Didier Drogba was the match-winner once more as they overcame Liverpool to lift the trophy at Wembley. Drogba''s goal early in the second half - his fourth in this Wembley showpiece - proved decisive as the remarkable turnaround in Chelsea''s fortunes under interim manager Roberto di Matteo was rewarded with silverware. Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was badly at fault as Ramires scored at the near post after 11 minutes and Chelsea looked in cruise control when Drogba continued his love affair with the FA Cup final and Wembley with an angled finish. The introduction of substitute Andy Carroll sparked Liverpool into life and he pulled a goal back just after the hour - and thought he had equalised as Kenny Dalglish''s side laid siege to Chelsea''s goal in the closing stages. Image of Mark Lawrenson Mark Lawrenson Football Analyst Once Liverpool got it back to 2-1 it was certainly a different game, Chelsea deserved it, for over an hour they were the better team the problem for Liverpool was the fact they had to get those two goals in the last 30 minutes, they gave it everything but it was not enough in a game that lasts 90 minutes. He met Luis Suarez''s cross at the far post, only for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech to show brilliant reflexes to deflect his header on to the bar. Carroll turned away to lead Liverpool''s insistent protests that the ball had crossed the line but referee Phil Dowd and assistant referee Andrew Garratt waved play on, with even a succession of replays proving inconclusive. Chelsea survived and can now turn their attentions to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Germany on 19 May as they face an increasingly arduous task to finish in the Premier League''s top four. As Di Matteo celebrated and captain John Terry raised the trophy for the fourth time, the Italian increased his claims to become the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas by landing a trophy. For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places. Use accessible player and disable flyout menus The final started with £85m worth of striking talent on the bench as Carroll was a Liverpool substitute and Chelsea''s Fernando Torres missed out on a starting place against his former club. The Reds were on the back foot early on when a catalogue of defensive errors led to Ramires giving Chelsea the lead. Jay Spearing conceded possession in midfield and Ramires escaped Jose Enrique far too easily before scoring at the near post with a shot Reina should have saved. Chelsea were coping comfortably as Liverpool left Suarez too isolated. Steven Gerrard was also being forced to drop too deep to offer support to the beleaguered Spearing and Jordan Henderson rather than add attacking potency alongside the Uruguayan. Liverpool did have one moment of danger in the first half when Chelsea failed to clear Glen Johnson''s cross and Branislav Ivanovic blocked Craig Bellamy''s goalbound shot. Chelsea doubled their lead seven minutes after the restart, with the second coming from their most reliable source of Wembley goals. Frank Lampard escaped Spearing with ease and fed Drogba inside the area, who controlled before sending an angled left-foot finish across Reina. Ashley Cole''s Magnificent Seven FA Cup triumphs 2012: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool 2010: Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth 2009: Chelsea 2-1 Everton 2007: Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd 2005: Arsenal 0-0 Man Utd (Arsenal win 5-4 on penalties) 2003: Arsenal 1-0Southampton 2002: Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea Liverpool introduced Carroll for Spearing and were rewarded after 64 minutes when he put them back in contention. Stewart Downing blocked Jose Bosingwa''s attempted clearance, which fell into the path of Carroll. He turned John Terry superbly before firing high past Cech. At last Liverpool had impetus and were getting the dangerous Suarez into threatening positions, allowing him to force Cech to save low to his right with an effort from the edge of the area. Carroll thought he had equalised with his header against the bar with eight minutes left. Liverpool claimed the ball had cross the line and Chelsea were grateful for a miraculous intervention from Cech to turn his effort on to the woodwork. He was then denied by a magnificent tackle from captain Terry as Liverpool continued to press - but Chelsea survived as the memories of the nightmare under Villas-Boas faded even further into the background. Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4) Chelsea 01 Cech 02 Ivanovic 03 Cole 17 Bosingwa 26 Terry 07 Ramires (Meireles - 76'' ) 08 Lampard 12 Mikel Booked 10 Mata (Malouda - 90'' ) 11 Drogba 21 Kalou Substitutes 22 Turnbull 19 Ferreira 05 Essien 15 Malouda 16 Meireles 09 Torres 23 Sturridge Liverpool 25 Reina 02 Johnson 03 Jose Enrique 05 Agger Booked 37 Skrtel 08 Gerrard 14 Henderson 19 Downing 20 Spearing (Carroll - 55'' ) 07 Suarez Booked 39 Bellamy (Kuyt - 78'' ) Substitutes 32 Doni 23 Carragher 34 Kelly 11 Maxi 33 Shelvey 09 Carroll 18 Kuyt Ref: Dowd Att: 89,102
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