Chelsea relied on striker Didier Drogba for the fourth time in six seasons to win the FA Cup, as the striker clinched a 2â€1 victory over Liverpool in the 131st Final of the competition Saturday. After Ramires seized on Liverpool blunders to put Chelsea in front after 11 minutes, Drogba scored his eighth goal in eight games at Wembley in the 52nd minute.
Liverpool substitute Andy Carroll breathed life back into the game when he scored in the 64th minute after beating Chelsea captain John Terry. Carroll thought he had an equalizer when his closeâ€range header was swatted away on the goal line via the crossbar by Petr Cech, but the referee waved away Liverpool’s appeals for a goal and replays failed to show that the entire ball had crossed the line.
Chelsea FC (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry (c), Cole; Mikel Obi, Lampard; Ramires (Meireles 75), Mata (Malouda 89), Kalou; Drogba.
Unused Substitutes Turnbull, Ferreira, Essien, Sturridge, Torres
Liverpool FC (4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique; Spearing (Carroll 54), Henderson; Downing, Gerrard (c), Bellamy (Kuyt); Suarez.
Unused Substitutes Doni, Kelly, Carragher, Shelvey, Maxi Rodriguez
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