Chelsea V Liverpool – live
Sun, 06 May 2012 3:12a.m.
By Greg Robertson
Hello and welcome to Wembley Stadium where we have Liverpool V Chelsea in the FA Cup Final of 2012.
This one is sure to be mouth-watering…
We bring you highlight and action of all the best bits as soon as they happen, commentary and goals galore as they minute by minute. Make sure you refresh your browser occasionally and we’ll warn you with a ‘video up’ when highlights have been added to the video player.
LIVE COMMENTARY... FINAL Chelsea 2 - 1 Liverpool
Congratulations Chelsea and the fans, thanks for coming.
95 mins: Chelsea wins! VIDEO UP. Well that was a crazy last 30 minutes with efforts all over the park and the lats few minutes - just frantic. Will get some video up soon and then the raising of the trophy.
92 mins: Cech the hero out there... but that will be played over and over... Liverpool throwing everything at them...
87 mins:It's all Liverpool... Chelsea hanging on grimly. Corner here... it's wave after wave... Kalou off for Chelsea, Malouda on. + 5 MINUTES ADDED
82 mins: GOAL! NO goal.. no goal... MASSIVE CONTROVERSY! Suarez delivers... Carroll heads, Cech to to the save... it's a great save the replays show... Suarez booked... Cech touched it onto the crossbar and kept it out. VIDEO UP.
80 mins: Greta run from Suarez down the left and it falls for Henderson charging at the penalty box but can't keep it down.
76 mins: Kuyt coming on for Bellamy as Drogba gets attention for some time... that slows down the Liverpool momentum.
76 mins: Johnson delivers and finds Andy carroll backing away at the far post, leaps and quick flick off the back and he heads just over. VIDEO UP. It's all Carroll. Ramires off for Meireles.
73 mins: Suarez dribbles on the edge, threatens to shoot but dummies, then pulls the trigger and cech has to work fast to get down to it. Chelsea has gone to sleep. VIDEO UP.
71 mins: Ball falls to Gerrad on the volley and he blasts it at the big, big moon... lead with Chelsea, momentum with Liverpool. Fernando Torres warming up for Chelsea.
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64 mins: GOAL Liverpool! Andy Carroll gets the ball stuck for a bit, twists and turns and nails it into the roof! VIDEO UP .
62 mins: Suarexz in the book for a foul on Drogba... Lampard hits it and has Reina scrambling. VIDEO UP.
60 mins: Kalou gets the pill from the counter with Ramires and Drogba owning the midfield, Kalou tries to bend one top corner but doesn't get enough of it.
55 mins: Suarez with a shot at the other end... it's now going end to end. Suarez shot was straight at Cech. Spearing off and Andy Carroll on to play next to Suarez.
51 mins: GOAL CHELSEA! Lampard finds Drogba and Drogba finds the back of the net with ease! The shot across the face went through Skrtel's legs and Reina couldn't get to it. VIDEO UP.
50 mins: Good run from Gerrard as he goes past Lampard but then runs into the back of a defender. Screams of a penalty but no chance... Henderson then seconds later gets a header square across the box but lacking numbers.
49 mins: Ashley Cole combines with Kalou and wins the corner off Henderson. Lampard swings it in and Terry's deemed to push.... rough call. VIDEO UP.
47 mins: Glen Johnson trying to run through two, wins a corner and it's a shocker from Bellamy.
46 mins: This one may bubble into something special in the second... Liverpool has to force the issue, force the tempo. Bellamy playing behind Suarez, Henderson out wide on the right. Cole suddenly bursts through for Chelsea but his cross isn't the best.
HALFTIME and Chelsea leads 1-0
44 mins: Ouch! Agger goes in the book for being late on the challenge of Mikel.. it's milked a touch and Agger protests... so he might be in the book for the challenge or the protesting. Either way, he's booked. Liverpool needs to player higher up the field if they want to break Chelsea down. They may do just that in the second spell. +1 MINUTE ADDED TIME
42 mins: A little more edge to Liverpool's attack right now....
40 mins: Good pressure from Liverpool as they win a corner... ball delivered into the box a few times as they keep the heat on and the worst of it was when Cech had to swat one away... Henderson hits the edge of the box, with a run, climbs, heads to Suarez but the striker can't get on the end of it.
38 mins: John Obi Mikel goes in the book for a late one of Steven Gerrard as Gerrard manages to nick the ball away a fraction of a second before the challenge. Free kick really, really poor and is headed away. From the break it's Didier Drogba with the shot on goal. VIDEO UP.
35 mins: Lots of passes from Liverpool but they really aren't getting anywhere. Johnson suddenly gets away and across Kalou, so Kalou pulls him down and it's a free kick, 37 yards out... it's delivered deep but Skrtel in an offside position so it's over before it had a chance to begin. A game distinctly lacking in highlights so far.
32 mins: A foul on Kalou, I think, gives Chelsea a freekick about 35 yards out on the right, 10 from touch, deliver by Mata but headed away and Liverpool trying to counter attack but it's Chelsea that are streaming back and disrupt.
31 mins: Gerrard starts to make the run... Spearing pts his head down to play the ball... Gerrard stops the run... and Spearing looks like a right prat. Kenny Dalglish has got a few problems at the minute.
29 mins: Jordan Henderson gives the ball away cold in a nasty patch of the pitch. Frank Lampard with the ball at feet and he's not shy, so lets fly... but that one isn't his best as it bobbles well wide of the posts.
27 mins: Here come's a red wave... Suarez with the dummy... it's broken down as quickly as it started.
26 mins: Daniel Agger with a great run and off to Jose Enrique, but the return pass is poor. Then it's Drobga off to Kalou at the other end and it's well, well over the top from the goal scorer.
24 mins: Liverpool's Glen Johnson lets Salomon Kalou cut inside and he runs and runs and runs, right into the box and for a flash there it looked likely he'd go all the way until a quick foot was put in.
23 mins: Suarez with a great run in behind Ivanovic but Skrtel slips as he tries to deliver. That was a rare moment in the first half and a touch unlucky as a good ball could have meant all sorts of problems.
20 mins: There's been some good football from both sides but nothing that has created chances... Liverpool playing the patient game as if you weigh up man against man none really look like they can get in behind the defence.
16 mins: Suraez with a crack from halfway again - he's got one of late and after another but not worth much chat that effort.
13 mins: Craig Bellamy with the volley and nearly retaliated after some great play from Johnson down the right hand side. VIDEO UP.
13 mins: That's what the game needed and suddenly it's picked up pace and intensity.
11 mins: GOAL Chelsea! Juan Mata feeds Ramires who gets away and smashes it passed Pepe Reina! VIDEO UP.
10 mins: Craig Bellamy beats Ashley Cole for a second... but loses the ball.
9 mins: Cech gets his first touch with a clearing kick from a back pass... Reina's had a few. Petr Cech's second touch out on the full.
6 mins: Nerves aplenty out there, Liverpool has the ball and just playing it about to feet to get a good feel for it... Jay Spearing with a searching ball that finds Glen Johnson ranging wide on the right flank, good first touch but as he cuts inside there's three Chelsea players giving him the hurry up and the ball is turned over.
3 mins: All the play has been down Liverpool's end, though Liverpool fans out there shouldn't be too concerned there's been nothing to give you a fright as yet. Both just settling into it...
1 mins: Wow, Drogba trying his luck very early with a side kick volley that flies over the crossbar, well, more to the side. VIDEO UP.
KICK OFF We're underway and Chelsea has rolled the ball off in the big one...
Right, teams being announced and we'll have some action from the 2012 FA Cup Final in just a few seconds... we'll get up highlights as soon as they occur too.
John Terry and Steven Gerrard introducing the dignitaries to their teams... and now it's time for the national anthem... so all be standing...
5 MINS TO KICK OFF A little silence - briefly before song - as the nerves thunder through fans... hopes and dreams are about to be made and about to be shattered.
Teams are lined up and ready to enter the thunder dome... Wembley... here comes the cup... not a bad shaped nugget of silver for sure... and the teams have been announced with Chelsea and Liverpool now entering the stadium....
10 MINS TO KICK OFF And the hymn is underway.... which means we tick closer to kick off..
England has stopped... most of the world has stopped... the FA Cup final hym about to be sung... Fabrice Muamba in the crowd as an official guest of honour.
15 MINS TO KICK OFF Wonderful rendition of You'll never walk alone just ripped through Wembley... but all the singing and the shouting, the to-and-fro, the mind games, the uncertainty and debate... all will be a thing of the past when the ball is rolled of in one quarter of an hour.
25 MINS TO KICK OFF Liverpool downed Manchester United on their way here... they sure do deserve to be here... and let's not forget they've raised silverware already this season. Sure, they've lacked consistency but this is now a one-off, and things and the season can change in the blink of an eye.
Here are your official teams...
Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Ramires, Mata, Kalou, Drogba.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Spearing, Henderson, Downing, Gerrard, Bellamy, Suarez.
Just as an aside, if you didn't already know... it was 15 years ago when Roberto Di Matteo lifted the trophy with Chelsea - 1991.
35 MINS TO KICK OFF:Teams are out there warming up and I get the feeling this one will be about Didier Drogba... if he's on song you might see chelsea lifting the trophy at the end... having a poor one and Liverpool's season may not seem so bad.
Kick off is not far away so in the meantime WATCH THE TEAMS ARRIVING AND THE OFFICIAL TEAM SHEETS.
Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Essien, Kalou; Malouda, Drogba, Mata.
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, José Enrique; Kuyt, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing; Carroll, Suárez.
Referee: Phil Dowd.
Seeking to help Chelsea capture a fourth FA Cup in six seasons, Didier Drogba will look to prove once again he is the man for the big occasion when he returns to a ground where he has been prolific in recent years.
Drogba hasn't started for Chelsea since producing two powerhouse performances in a memorable semifinal victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.
However, the Ivory Coast striker is set to return to the starting lineup in place of Fernando Torres against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, where he has scored in every competitive match he has played - including FA Cup finals in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Along with John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, Drogba is part of Chelsea's so-called "old guard" who interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has relied on over the last two months to revive the team's season.
"Chelsea are an experienced team full of quality players," Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard said. "It will boil down to the small details on the day, who gets the big decisions and who gets that stroke of luck.
"I don't think there is much between the teams and I think it is a 50-50 game."
In Gerrard, Liverpool - bidding to clinch a domestic cup double - has its own player who often saves his best displays for when it really matters.
Arguably the England midfielder's most rounded display was in the 2006 final against West Ham, when he scored twice - including a stunning last-minute goal to force extra time - before Liverpool eventually won on penalties.
That was the last of Liverpool's seven FA Cup titles, which is one more than its opponent who have been England's cup specialists over the past decade.
"Chelsea at Wembley is something special and hopefully we can keep it special again," Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said.
"If you are a big club, you keep winning trophies and we didn't have one last season. We want to have trophies this season - we don't want to finish the season empty-handed - and we can have possibly two trophies at the end which would make the season absolutely brilliant."
Chelsea's hopes of finishing in the English Premier League's top four, ensuring qualification for the Champions League, were virtually extinguished on Wednesday thanks to a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle.
The Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 19 offers Chelsea's other hope of qualifying for next season's competition but Di Matteo will be insisting his players concentrate on the game in front of them.
"The top four has gone and now the only chance we have to qualify for the Champions League is to win the final in Munich," midfielder John Obi Mikel said.
"First we have to make sure we win the FA Cup final on Saturday. We can't let that opportunity pass."
Di Matteo, who is looking to become the third straight Italian coach to win the FA Cup after Chelsea's Carlo Ancelotti in 2010 and Manchester City's Roberto Mancini last year, also has fond memories of the FA Cup final.
He scored after 43 seconds in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in 1997 and the winner against Aston Villa in 2000.
Di Matteo can also stake what is proving to be an irresistible case for staying on as permanent Chelsea manager by achieving the first part of a possible cup double this season.
"He's been a revelation since he took over (from Andre Villas-Boas in March)," Terry said. "He's got a great rapport with the fans, a great understanding with the players.
"He's communicating with everyone and things have gone very well for us. He deserves a huge amount of credit for that."
Lampard, Cole and Juan Mata should return to Chelsea's team with Drogba after all four were named on the bench against Newcastle.
Liverpool played a largely second-string team for the 1-0 loss to Fulham on Tuesday, which left the club languishing in eighth place in the league standings - you can bet they will stream forward today.
Manager Kenny Dalglish's top players, such as Gerrard and Luis Suarez, will be fresh for the final.
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21/08/2012 2:34:47 a.m.
kyome isaiah wrote:
this website rocks man
7/05/2012 3:31:24 a.m.
Sorry had to comment and facepalm at the other person saying RDM won the fa in 1991. HE BEAT MIDDLESBOROUGH 2-0. DI MATTEO SCORED IN 40 SECONDS
6/05/2012 3:42:36 p.m.
CHELSEA number one!!!
6/05/2012 9:01:14 a.m.
takudzwa khosa wrote:
Chelsea u are the world champions how can you want to take 2 cups for only one team
6/05/2012 7:00:29 a.m.
so do you think that was a goal from Liverpool or not?
6/05/2012 6:43:32 a.m.
Emmauel makuochi wrote:
This is goodlurk 4 dibato mettio
6/05/2012 6:43:24 a.m.
6/05/2012 4:58:06 a.m.
hahaha "it was 15 years ago when Roberto Di Matteo lifted the trophy with Chelsea - 1991."
so 1991+15 = 2012 seems legit as hell
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