Ramires, Drogba strike to seal the FA Cup for Chelsea

Last Updated: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 08:31

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Ramires and Didier Drogba powered Chelsea to their 4th FA Cup title in six years on Saturday at the Wembley stadium as The Blues defeated Liverpool 2-1.

Cheslea took control first up with Ramires finding the net as early as in the 11th minute courtesy a precision pass by Juan Mata which the Brazilian drilled into the bottom corner.

The second goal came in the second half when veteran Didier Drogba slotted a Frank Lampard long pass past a diving Pepe Reina into the far corner. Drogba also got himself into the record books becoming the only player to score in four FA Cup finals.

But a resurgent Liverpool got the Chelsea hanging on till the death as substitute Andy Carroll fired a powerful angled strike past Petr Cech to reduce the deficit. From there on The Reds dominated the proceeding which was until now was well handled by the Blues.

It was Carroll again who got the best chance to equalise for his team as he rose to meet a Luis Suarez cross, but replays proved the ball hadn`t crossed the line. Instead, Cech had made a miraculous save in pushing it onto the bar.

Chelsea eventually held on to their slim lead to clinch the FA Cup 7th time in their history.

"This is what we play football before," said an elevated captain John Terry to a local TV Channel. "It was a great performance. When the chips are down we come together and we have done that superbly this season."



First Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 09:14

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