Chelsea wins League Cup despite injury to Terry
CARDIFF, Wales -- Chelsea won the League Cup final with a
2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, getting two goals from Didier
Drogba and overcoming a frightening head injury to captain John
Terry, also the captain of the English national team, was taken
off the field on a stretcher after Arsenal defender Abou Diaby
accidentally kicked him in the head in the 58th minute.
Drogba headed in the winning goal at Millennium Stadium in the
84th minute from a cross from Arjen Robben. He also scored in the
20th, eight minutes after Theo Walcott had given the Gunners a 1-0
Terry was attempting to head a corner from Robben when Diaby
went for the ball with his foot. Terry then fell and appeared
unconscious. Players from both teams immediately called for medical
The Chelsea defender was put on a stretcher with an oxygen mask
placed over his mouth and a brace around his head. Play was halted
for six minutes before Terry was carried off.
"On the stretcher, I gave him some words, and the way he reacts
with his hands, I understood that he was completely conscious,"
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "He remembers everything in
the game. He's fine."
Terry recently recovered from back and calf muscle injuries that
sidelined him for 13 games, and then went down with ankle ligament
damage in Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League tie at FC Porto.
Walcott gave Arsenal the lead after exchanging passes with Diaby
and sending a rising shot into the far corner. Drogba leveled when
he took a pass from Michael Ballack and beat Arsenal goalkeeper
In the more than 10 minutes of injury time, players on both
sides brawled. John Obi Mikel, who replaced Terry, was sent off
along with Arsenal defender Kolo Toure. Emmanuel Adebayor was then
also sent off before play restarted. Chelsea midfielder Frank
Lampard and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas drew yellow cards.
"Maybe it was a consequence of some frustration in the last
part of the game and some boys, they lost a little bit their
emotion," Mourinho said. "I hope we can forget this incident and
we all can focus on the good things of the games."
Arsenal played an inexperienced second team -- with Thierry
Henry, Jens Lehmann, Gilberto and Tomas Rosicky not even in the
lineup. Chelsea, however, fielded the same lineup that started at
In the Premier League, Wigan improved its chances of avoiding
relegation by beating Newcastle 1-0. Matt Taylor scored with a
25-yard free kick after U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu fouled Leighton
Baines in the 40th minute. Twelve minutes earlier, Wigan goalkeeper
John Filan saved a penalty kick by Nolberto Solano.
The victory put Wigan at least six points ahead of the three
teams in the relegation zone. Wigan has 29 points while Charlton
has 23, West Ham has 20 and Watford has 19.
MILAN, Italy -- Inter Milan won its 17th straight game in the Italian league, defeating Catania 5-2. Walter Samuel, Santiago Solari, Fabio Grosso, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Ricardo Cruz scored for Inter, which leads the league with 66 points. Gionatha Spinesi and Giorgio Corona scored for Catania. Second-place AS Roma downed Reggina 3-0 and has 52 points. Palermo, which tied Atalanta 1-1, is third with 44 points.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Ajax was held to a 1-1 tie by AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league. Kenneth Perez gave Ajax the lead in the 65th minute, but AZ substitute Maarten Martens tied the score in the 79th. Ajax played half the game with 10 men because Edgar Davids was sent off in the 45th minute for a second yellow card. Ajax is still in second place with 56 points, seven points behind PSV Eindhoven, which beat FC Groningen 1-0 Saturday. AZ is third with 55 points.