Chelsea Win FA Cup Final

  • Last Updated: May 6 2012, 12:28 BST

Chelsea won a dramatic FA Cup final as they beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley.

Chelsea celebrate FA Cup glory.

Ramires fired Chelsea into an early lead and Didier Drogba doubled their advantage just minutes into the second-half, in so doing became the first player ever to score in four different finals.

The game then changed on the hour when Andy Carroll came on and he scored soon after to cut the arrears in half.

With minutes left Carroll thought he had headed an equaliser but Petr Cech clawed the ball off the line to rescue Chelsea, who managed to hang on and claim their third FA Cup in four years.

There was no hint of the drama to follow when Ramires became the first Brazilian to score in this most prestigious of showpiece occasions.

Juan Mata slipped a pass beyond Jose Enrique, the Liverpool full-back failed to recover his ground to allow Ramires to bear down on the Reds goal.

Jose Reina then chose incorrectly, diving to his right and allowing the ball to beat him rather embarrassingly at the near post.

Having fallen behind in both the semi-final against Everton and to Cardiff in the Carling Cup final earlier in the season, Liverpool had no need to fret.

What would probably have concerned manager Kenny Dalglish rather more was the way his team were outgunned in midfield.

It was not until the half-hour, when Steven Gerrard started to get in advanced areas that the Merseyside outfit began to exert any influence on the game.

By that time Drogba, Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou had all wasted half-chances.

Branislav Ivanovic, like Ramires banned from the Champions League final in Munich on May 19, had done well to block a snap-shot from Craig Bellamy early on.

That was Liverpool's only opportunity though, until Suarez rose on the edge of the six-yard box only to nod Jordan Henderson's knock-back wide.

Unfortunately for Dalglish's team, their momentum was halted by the half-time break and before they could get into their stride again, Chelsea had doubled their advantage through Drogba.

The Ivorian found space on the left side of Liverpool's area and rattled a shot through Martin Skrtel's legs and into the far corner to score for the eighth time in as many Wembley appearances.

It prompted Dalglish into making his move, introducing his £35million striker.

Carroll responded immediately, twisting John Terry around superbly inside the area before lashing his shot into the roof of Cech's goal.

The former Newcastle man then used his power to set up Henderson, who drilled a half-volley narrowly wide as Chelsea came under plenty of pressure.

Liverpool were convinced Carroll had levelled nine minutes from time when he rose at the far post to power Suarez's cross goalwards.

But the celebrations were cut short as the officials ruled Cech had clawed the ball out before it had crossed the line.

There was no clear verdict either way after plenty of replays, meaning the linesman, with one look, was in an impossible situation.

Carroll carved out one more chance but Terry blocked the effort to leave Dalglish to reflect on the moment of controversy that denied him.