Chelsea down Liverpool to lift FA Cup




LONDON: Didier Drogba and John Terry made history as Chelsea withstood a late Liverpool onslaught to seal their fourth FA Cup final victory in sic seasons here on Saturday with a 2-1 with at Wembley.
A goal in each half from Brazilian midfielder Ramires and veteran striker Drogba clinched a narrowly deserved win for Chelsea, with substitute Andy carroll scoring for Liverpool.
The win saw Chelsea skipper Terry enter the record books as the first man to captain one side to four victories in the competition, having already lifted the famous trophy in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Terry’s landmark was also matched by another milestone for Drogba, whose second-half effort made him the first man to score in four FA cup finals.
The defeat denied Liverpool the opportunity to end a largely disappointing season with second piece of silverware following their league Cup triumph over Cardiff City in February.
However, after controlling much of the game, Champions League finalists Chelsea were made to work hard for their win, and Carroll was denied what would have been  a dramatic 82nd-minute equalizer when his close-range header was parried onto the underside of the crossbar by petr  Cech.
Carroll wheeled away to celebrate, thinking the ball, had crossed the line but referee Phil Dowd and his assistants remained unmoved.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was pleased with his side’s second-half fight back but admitted his team had paid for defensive naivety.
Chelsea dominated a poor Liverpool side throughout a poor first half that see the Merseyside’s struggle to get into the game.
Liverpool midfielders jay spearing and Jordan Jenderson were largely anonymous, all too often leaving captain steven Gerrard overwhelmed.
Chelsea, meanwhile, looked comfortable for most of the match, with Frank lampard and Jon Obi Mikel screening the back four against and important Liverpool attack. Drogba had been the first to get a shot on goal, hooking a volley just over the bar after only 33 seconds as Chelsea started brightly.
The blues then took the lead on 11 minutes through a ramires strike that owed every thing to poor play from Liverpool spearing squandered possession in midfield and Juan Mata gratefully scooped up the loose ball and fired a pass in behind jose Enrique for Ramires.
The rangy Brazilian shrugged off his man with ease and then took advantage of shoddy goal keeping from Pepe Reina to lash home at the near post.
Liverpool might have got back into the match almost immediately, only for dbrasislav Ivanovic to thwart Craig bellamy’s fierce volley on 14 minutes with a gutsy block.
Yet that was as good as it got for Liverpool for the remainder of the half, with Cech having little to do in the Chealsea goal.
Liverpool started the second half more purposefully, with Gerrard producing  one surging run into the box and stewart downing looking lively down the flank.
But Chelsea delivered a hammer blow on 52 minutes when Drogba pounced, rifling home a low left-foot shot after being picked out in space by Lampard.
Liverpool responded immediately by bringing on Carrol for the ineffectual spearing but it was Chelsea who continued to look the more threatening of the two sides.Drogba  lashed a volley into the side netting but then the momentum shifted dramatically when Carrol pulled one back for Liverpool.

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