English FA Cup

May 5, 2012

Full-time

Chelsea

2 - 1

Liverpool

English FA Cup

16:15 +00:00, May 5, 2012

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: P Dowd

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    Didier Drogba: "I love the FA Cup. A fourth win in eight seasons. It's fantastic for the club."

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    Petr Cech on that save: "I had a lot of luck"

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    Liverpool came back into the game in the last half-an-hour, but it was lost in the first-hour of the game.

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    Here's a picture of that Carroll header/Cech save

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    FULL TIME Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

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    The ball comes back at Liverpool and Reina rushes out his area but loses the ball. Malouda quickly fires away a shot. Blocked by Skrtel.

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    Lampard takes and forces a low save from Reina.

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    Free-kick to Chelsea. Foul on Drogba by Steven Gerrard.

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    Man of the Match awarded to Chelsea's Juan Mata

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    Chelsea look out on their feet. They are knackered.

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    Long-ball from Liverpool, but it's been working. This time flicked through to Cech

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    Ball falls for Carroll in the left-channel, he scuffs his shot and Terry gets in a block.

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    Five minutes of added-time...

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    Malouda replaces Juan Mata

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    Chelsea look to break, but Kalou doesn't have the legs. Back come Liverpool.

  • 89'

    Downing crosses, but cleared by Ivanovic. Another Liverpool corner.

  • 89'

    Skrtel runs down the right flank and wins a corner off John Terry.

  • 88'

    Free-kick given 20 yards out for a foul by Mikel. Harsh decision. Gerrard hits the wall.

  • 87'

    Skrtel has acres of space in the area, but a terrible first-touch allows Ivanovic back in to block.

  • 86'

    Gerrard loops a ball forward for Carroll. Ivanovic rises well to head clear. Corner. Again cleared by the Serb.

  • 84'

    Well. That is a major talking point.

  • 83'

    Suarez for his protests.

  • 82'

    Chipped cross to the far-post and Carroll rose unmarked five yards out. Has to score.

  • 82'

    Looks like it didn't cross the line completely. Liverpool were convinced. Carroll has to score, but Cech produces a wonder-save at the back post.

  • 82'

    Carroll thinks he has scored. Not given. Fine save by Petr Cech,

  • 81'

    Henderson fires wildly over the bar for Liverpool as they look for an equaliser.

  • 80'

    Those delays have taken a bit of the sting out of the tie.

  • 79'

    Andy Carroll finds the back of the Chelsea net.

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    Kuyt for Bellamy

  • 77'

    Drogba is down and holding his groin. Looks legitimate this time.

  • 77'

    Raul Meireles replaces Ramires

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    Ball hung up by Glen Johnson, Carroll rises and heads over.

  • 75'

    Liverpool knocking the ball into the area at every opportunity. Chelsea creaking at times.

  • 74'

    Carroll gets a head on another cross, this time from Enrique. High and wide.

  • 73'

    Suarez works a few yards to shoot at the edge of the area and tests Petr Cech low to his right. Good play from the Uruguay star.

  • 72'

    Chelsea need to get a hold of this game and thus, Fernando Torres has been sent to warm-up.

  • 71'

    Suarez thinks he's through on goal, but offside is called and it is a good decision.

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    Carroll rises to flick down a header to Gerrard at the edge of the area, but the Liverpool skipper's shot is high and very wide.

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    John Terry will not be pleased with his efforts on that goal. Gave Carroll a yard to get away his shot.

  • 68'

    Bellamy crosses from deeper this time, looking for Suarez, but the Uruguayan's control lets him down.

  • 67'

    The pressure is back on now. Chelsea had looked home and dry.

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    Bellamy gets down the right, crosses well, but Terry rises to flick the ball clear.

  • 65'

    Henderson now pulls a shot wide from 20 yards. Better from Liverpool.

  • 64'

    GOAL Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool Carroll pulls one back!!! Carroll gets the ball in the area after a mistake from Bosingwa, takes his time, but works a shot and fires the ball into the roof of the net.

  • 64'

    Drogba close once more. Mata flicks the ball to Drogba, whose left-footed effort from a narrow-angle hits the side-netting.

  • 63'

    Didier Drogba scores Chelsea's second.

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    Bit of a delay, as the referee fell down there also. Lampard takes the free-kick, but swerves wide.

  • 61'

    Chelea counter once more. Drogba central and eventually the Ivorian is fouled by Suarez.

  • 60'

    Thirty minutes to play. Will we see a Liverpool comeback?

  • 59'

    Chelsea counter brilliantly with Ramires and Drogba. The ball comes to Kalou on the left and he buys himself space for the shot, but it's ballooned wide. Tried a curled effort into far corner.

  • 58'

    Back underway now. Can Carroll make a difference. Johnson looks to find him with a cross, but Ivanovic clears.

  • 57'

    Kalou down receiving treatment. On second look at that goal, Skrtel must do much, much better.

  • 56'

    Cheeky from Juan Mata. Running at the defence, space opens up and the Spaniard looks to chip Reina. Easy catch.

  • 55'

    Carroll replaces Jay Spearing

  • 54'

    Suarez gets down the Liverpool right, but his shot is straight at Petr Cech.

  • 53'

    Drogba now the first-man to score in four different FA Cup finals.

  • 52'

    GOAL Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool Drogba doubles the lead!!! Lampard finds Drogba, Skrtel backs-off and the Ivorian fires low into the bottom corner.

  • 51'

    The game is much more open now. Mata goes down the other end and swings in a cross from the left.

  • 50'

    Gerrard looks to run at the Chelsea defence, drifting past Lampard, but then runs into the back of Ivanovic. Wants a penalty, never going to get one.

  • 49'

    Lampard swings in a corner from the left. Skrtel and John Terry are wrestling at the back-post and a free-kick goes Liverpool's way.

  • 48'

    Spearing gives the ball away and Drogba collects, but is fouled by Glen Johnson. No card given.

  • 47'

    Dangerous attack from Chelsea as Kalou slips Ashley Cole into space down the left-channel. His cross is blocked and Reina collects.

  • 46'

    Change of shape for Liverpool. More of a 4-4-2, with Bellamy moving into the forward line.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF Play restarts at Wembley

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    Out come the two sides. Let's get going on the second-half.

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    Ramires puts Chelsea ahead

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    Will Andy Carroll come on for Liverpool? Can they grab a hold of the midfield battle?

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    The general consensus is that Gerrard needs to get closer to Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has looked hugely isolated.

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    The Chelsea goal will disappoint Liverpool massively. Three major errors from Spearing, Enrique and Pepe Reina.

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    Well, Liverpool need to up their game big time. Chelsea haven't done much, but they are doing more than enough.

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    HALF TIME Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool

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    One added minute...

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    Agger Having given the ball away, Agger catches John Obi Mikel late with a tackle.

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    Liverpool keeping the ball in defence, Agger looks to spring an attack but gives the ball away tamely.

  • 43'

    Break in play briefly and we are back under-way

  • 42'

    Downing making space down the left-flank and getting the ball into the area. Few targets in the box though.

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    Spearing looks to lob the ball into Craig Bellamy at the back-post, who knocks a header to Luis Suarez, but his header is tame.

  • 40'

    Neither team keeping hold of the ball for more than 20 seconds now.

  • 39'

    Didier Drogba lines-up another shot from range. Well-wide, but he was allowed so much time and space.

  • 38'

    Mikel for a trip on Steven Gerrard

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    STAT The team that has opened the scoring has won 13 of the last 14 FA Cup finals.

  • 36'

    Liverpool swing a free-kick into the area. Foul in the box and the referee awards a free-kick the other way.

  • 35'

    Downing and Jose Enrique run at Bosingwa down the left, but make a hash of a 2-on-1 situation.

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    Ashley Cole lines up a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Craig Bellamy

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    Torres warming up... (Read into that what you will)

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    Jay Spearing looks to loft the ball forward, but it's nowhere near a team-mate. Awful.

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    Head-tennis in midfield. It's not pretty stuff!

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    Still possession switches back and forth, but there is little enterprise.

  • 28'

    Chelsea look to get down the left-flank and Drogba has pulled wide, but with a defender at his back the Ivorian loses control and the ball runs out of play.

  • 27'

    Liverpool having plenty of the ball recently, but doing very little with it. Scrappy game.

  • 26'

    Agger charges forward down the left, linking with Jose Enrique, but his cross is tame. Cech claims.

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    Liverpool's midfield looking fairly devoid of ideas so far.

  • 24'

    Salomon Kalou breaks into the box from the left and beats two men, but Daniel Agger gets in before the Ivorian can pull the trigger.

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    Chelsea the more comfortable on the ball. Drogba bringing his team-mates into play well.

  • 22'

    Downing gets onto the end of a long diagonal ball from Gerrard and just keeps the ball in. No-one in the middle and it matters little as the ball goes out of play.

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    Liverpool slowly working the ball now, but they are really struggling to get into the Chelsea half.

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    Ramires, with that goal, became the first Brazilian to score in an FA Cup final.

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    Chelsea look to counter and Mata finds Lampard, but his touch is poor and Skrtel intercepts.

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    Liverpool look to get down the left with Gerrard, but Ramires slides in wonderfully to win the ball.

  • 17'

    Both sides are cancelling each other out in terms of formation. Looking to counter. Advantage Chelsea so far.

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    Almost a howler from Pepe Reina. Ramires' cross spilled under his own crossbar. Can't drop the ball there.

  • 15'

    Oh dear! Luis Suarez looks to lob Petr Cech from his own-half, but his shot is horribly miscued. Didn't even reach the area.

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    Chelsea back in possession, looking to take the sting out of Liverpool's brief response.

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    Can Liverpool respond? Almost! Ivanovic does well to block from Craig Bellamy after Glen Johnson's cross is not cleared effectively.

  • 12'

    Ramires got in behind Jose Enrique down the Liverpool left and then, shooting from the right channel, beat Pepe Reina at the near post.

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    GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool Ramires scores!!! Chelsea's Brazilian dynamo Ramires opens the scoring as Juan Mata capitalises on a poor Jay Spearing pass to play in his colleague.

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    Bellamy looks to run at Ashley Cole down the right, but his touch is terrible and it's a Chelsea throw.

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    Liverpool back in possession, but a sloppy Gerrard pass gives Chelsea a throw-in.

  • 8'

    Not much happening here. Slow doesn't begin to describe it!

  • 7'

    Salomon Kalou looks to get at Glen Johnson down the left, with some success, but the ball is conceded once more shortly after.

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    Liverpool have had the ball for some time in their half now. Possession is lost by Glen Johnson though

  • 5'

    Still nothing doing. A line of 5 in midfield for Liverpool meaning it very crowded in the centre.

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    Glen Johnson looks to venture down the right, tacled by Ashley Cole for a throw-in.

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    Slow and steady so far. Neither side has got into the penalty box yet. Liverpool do have the ball now though.

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    All Chelsea so far. Keeping the ball well and probing down the flanks.

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    Drogba eyeing that record takes a wild swing at goal within the first 45 seconds. Well, well wide.

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    KICK OFF We are underway at Wembley!

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    Didier Drogba is looking to become the first player to score in four FA Cup finals.

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    The national anthem is now being sung. Three minutes to kick-off now.

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    Jimmy Armfield being introduced to the two sides by the captains.

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    Out they come. Chelsea in their kits, Liverpool in tracksuits.

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    The teams are in the tunnel. England colleagues John Terry and Steven Gerrard prepare to lead out their sides.

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    The FA Cup hymn 'Abide with me' echoes around Wembley now. Sung each year since 1977.

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    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Spearing, Henderson, Downing, Gerrard, Bellamy, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Carroll, Maxi, Kuyt, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly.

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    Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Torres, Malouda, Meireles, Ferreira, Sturridge.

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    For both teams today is massive in terms of how both teams seasons will be perceived. Win and the outlook looks a lot brighter.

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    It's a "great occasion" says Kenny Dalglish. Chelsea v Liverpool coming up in just under 20 minutes now.

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    Fans make their way up Wembley Way

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    ESPN analyst Kevin Keegan has also provided his thoughts on the match here.

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    While you await the big kick-off, you can read Senior Editor John Brewin's preview of the final here.

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    Steven Gerrard starts in midfield alongside Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Jay Spearing.

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    Liverpool have named Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy in attack, with Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt both on the bench.

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    Meanwhile, three of the four players suspended for the Champions League final - Terry, Ramires and Ivanovic - start the game, but Meireles misses out.

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    The big news is that Didier Drogba starts for Chelsea ahead of Fernando Torres.

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    Both sides have had seasons to forget in the league but have had rather more to celebrate in knockout competitions, and they will be going all out for the victory.

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    The FA Cup final is here, and with Chelsea and Liverpool renewing a rivalry that has produced some memorable battles over recent years.

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    Live commentary will appear here from 1715 BST.