Chelsea beat Portsmouth in dramatic final to seal Double
Chelsea overcame a resilient Portsmouth to win a dramatic FA Cup final 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and achieve their first League and Cup Double
Chelsea overcame a resilient Portsmouth
to win a dramatic FA Cup final 1-0 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and achieve their first League and Cup Double. Didier Drogba
got the winner with a 59th minute free-kick after they hit the woodwork five times in the first half and missed a late penalty. Portsmouth
also missed a spot kick.
The triumph gave the west London side successive FA Cup final victories after they beat Everton
Although the newly-crowned Premier League champions dominated relegated Portsmouth
in the opening half, they were thwarted on five occasions when Drogba (twice), Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou
and John Terry
all hit the bar or post.
The match turned Chelsea's way after Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng had a 56th minute penalty, awarded after Juliano Belletti
brought down Aruna Dindane, saved by Petr Cech.
Drogba fired home a 25-metre free-kick three minutes later to maintain his record of scoring in all six competitive matches he has played for Chelsea
at Wembley -- three semi-finals and three FA Cup finals.
Lampard missed a penalty in the 88th minute but Chelsea
had already done more than enough to deserve their victory.
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Posted date 15-05-2010
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