2007 FA Cup Final

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2007 FA Cup Final
2007 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
Event2006–07 FA Cup
After extra time
Date19 May 2007
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchFrank Lampard (Chelsea)
RefereeSteve Bennett (Kent)

The 2007 FA Cup Final was played on Saturday, 19 May 2007 between Chelsea and Manchester United. It was the 126th FA Cup Final and the first to be played at the new Wembley Stadium.[1] Manchester United suffered a 1–0 defeat to Chelsea by Didier Drogba's extra time goal,[2] completing a domestic cup double for the Blues in the 2006–07 season, as they had already won the League Cup Final in February. United were favourite for winning a double of their own as they had recently beaten Chelsea to the Premier League title two weeks earlier. The game was widely considered to be a disappointment by pundits and fans alike.[3][4][5] As a result of Manchester United and Chelsea having already been guaranteed qualification for the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup entry for the FA Cup winner/runner-up went instead to the highest positioned Premier League team who had not already qualified for Europe: Bolton Wanderers.

The match had an attendance of 89,826, the largest for an FA Cup Final since Wimbledon's famous 1–0 win over Liverpool in the 1988 final, when 98,203 attended. Chelsea became only the third club to complete the domestic cup double – Arsenal did it in 1993 and Liverpool in 2001. It was their fourth FA Cup triumph, and their first under the management of José Mourinho. They had won the last FA Cup final at the old Wembley Stadium seven years earlier.



The match was the first time since 1986 that the FA Cup Final had been contested between the winners and runners-up of the English league, and the first time ever that the Premier League champions and the League Cup winners from the same season had gone head to head in the Final. Manchester United were aiming for their 12th FA Cup to extend their overall record as the most successful team in the competition's history, while Chelsea were playing for their fourth FA Cup overall. The last time Chelsea had played Manchester United in an FA Cup Final was in 1994, when Manchester United ran out 4–0 winners after a goalless first half. Ryan Giggs was the only player in the 2007 FA Cup Final who played back in 1994. Chelsea's assistant coach Steve Clarke played on that day for the Blues in 1994.[6]

Ryan Giggs was playing in his seventh FA Cup Final, equalling Roy Keane's post-war record, having played in the 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2005 finals. Chelsea were also the last club to win the FA Cup at the old Wembley Stadium, when they beat Aston Villa in the 2000 Final.

Chelsea continued the dominance of the so-called "Big Four", who had now won the last 12 finals in a row (Arsenal 4 wins, Manchester United 3, Chelsea 3, Liverpool 2), since Everton's 1995 victory over Manchester United. It was the eighth FA Cup Final in a row (Arsenal 4 appearances, Chelsea 2, Millwall 1, West Ham 1) involving a London club; the last Final not to involve a London club was Manchester United's 2–0 win over Newcastle United in the 1999 final.

Before the match, there was an official opening ceremony of the new stadium. This included the official opening by Prince William, a fly-past by The Red Arrows and a parade on the pitch of former winners at the old Wembley Stadium.

The full list was:

Recent meetings

Both league matches between the two clubs in the 2006–07 season finished as draws. On 26 November 2006 at United's Old Trafford ground, the match ended in a 1–1 stalemate, with the goals coming from Louis Saha and Ricardo Carvalho. The two clubs met again on 9 May 2007 in their penultimate league fixture at Stamford Bridge, but, with the league already having been sewn up the weekend before, both teams rested most of their major players and the match ended 0–0.

Road to Wembley

Chelsea Round Manchester United
Macclesfield Town [L2]
Lampard 16', 41', 51' (pen.)
Wright-Phillips 68'
Mikel 82'
Carvalho 86'
Third Round Aston Villa [P]
Larsson 55'
Solskjær 90'
Nottingham Forest [L1]
Shevchenko 9'
Drogba 18'
Mikel 45'
Fourth Round Portsmouth [P]
Rooney 77', 83'
Norwich City [C]
Wright-Phillips 39'
Drogba 51'
Essien 90'
Shevchenko 90'
Fifth Round Reading [P]
Carrick 45'
Replay Reading [P]
Heinze 2'
Saha 4'
Solskjær 6'
Tottenham Hotspur [P]
Lampard 22', 71'
Kalou 86'
Sixth Round Middlesbrough [P]
Rooney 23'
Ronaldo 68' (pen.)
Tottenham Hotspur [P]
Shevchenko 55'
Wright-Phillips 61'
Replays Middlesbrough [P]
Ronaldo 76' (pen.)
Blackburn Rovers [P]
Old Trafford, Manchester
2–1 (a.e.t.)
Lampard 16'
Ballack 109'
Semi-finals Watford [P]
Villa Park, Birmingham
Rooney 7', 66'
Ronaldo 28'
Richardson 82'
  • Both clubs received a bye to the Third Round.
  • In square brackets is a letter that represents the opposition's division
    • [P] = Premier League
    • [C] = Championship
    • [L1] = Football League One
    • [L2] = Football League Two



The two teams line up prior to kick-off.

The opening twenty minutes of the game were marked by cautious play and a lack of creativity from both teams, until Didier Drogba produced the game's first noticeable attempt on goal by hammering a shot wide from thirty yards. It took a further ten minutes for another shot, this time from Chelsea's Frank Lampard who forced a save from Edwin van der Sar. Wayne Rooney was twice called offside for United in the first half, but it was the closest the Red Devils came to any kind of chance.

At half time, Chelsea manager José Mourinho made a like-for-like substitution, bringing on Dutch winger Arjen Robben for Joe Cole. A minute after the restart, Rooney produced the most exciting action to that moment, dribbling round two Chelsea defenders before aiming a powerful shot towards goal, but Petr Čech managed to make a convincing save. Rooney set off on another run ten minutes later, carrying the ball a good sixty yards towards goal only to be tackled by the last Chelsea defender, Wayne Bridge. Ryan Giggs then flashed a volley barely two feet over the bar from close range after a cross from Paul Scholes, who picked up the game's first booking a minute later after fouling Lampard. From the resulting free kick, Drogba curled the ball around the United wall and off the outside of the near post. Rooney set off on another dangerous run soon after, dribbling round both John Terry and Michael Essien before having the ball taken off his feet by Čech.

Chelsea players collect the trophy, presented by Prince William

With neither side doing enough to score in normal time, the game went into extra time for the third consecutive FA Cup Final. United's best chance of the game fell to Giggs from only three yards out after Rooney slid a pass across goal, but the Welshman could not get proper contact on his shot and Čech got down to make the save. Giggs appealed for a goal, claiming that the ball had crossed the line in Čech's arms, but the linesman did not flag and referee Steve Bennett waved play on. Television replays appeared to show that the ball had just crossed the line, but only after Giggs's momentum had pushed Čech backwards into his own goal.[7] After the game, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Giggs had been fouled by Essien just before he took his shot.[8]

The deadlock was finally broken after 116 minutes when Drogba played a one-two with Lampard on the edge of the box after receiving the ball from John Obi Mikel, and prodded the ball past the onrushing van der Sar and into the net. Chelsea picked up three more bookings in the last few minutes as they tried to halt a late United comeback, but Drogba's goal proved to be the last chance of the game as Mourinho's side held on to win the first ever FA Cup Final at the new Wembley Stadium.

Match details

Chelsea1–0 (a.e.t.)Manchester United
Drogba Goal 116' (Report)
Attendance: 89,826
Manchester United
GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 20 Portugal Paulo Ferreira Yellow card 120'
CB 5 Ghana Michael Essien
CB 26 England John Terry (c)
LB 18 England Wayne Bridge
DM 4 France Claude Makelele Yellow card 83'
CM 12 Nigeria John Obi Mikel
CM 8 England Frank Lampard
RW 24 England Shaun Wright-Phillips Substituted off 93'
LW 10 England Joe Cole Substituted off 45'
CF 11 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba
GK 23 Italy Carlo Cudicini
DF 3 England Ashley Cole Yellow card 120' Substituted in 108'
MF 16 Netherlands Arjen Robben Substituted in 45' Substituted off 108'
MF 19 France Lassana Diarra
FW 21 Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou Yellow card 119' Substituted in 93'
Portugal José Mourinho
Chelsea vs Man Utd 2007-05-19.svg
GK 1 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
RB 6 England Wes Brown
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand
CB 15 Serbia Nemanja Vidić Yellow card 84'
LB 4 Argentina Gabriel Heinze
RM 24 Scotland Darren Fletcher Substituted off 92'
CM 18 England Paul Scholes Yellow card 58'
CM 16 England Michael Carrick Substituted off 112'
LM 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
SS 11 Wales Ryan Giggs (c) Substituted off 112'
CF 8 England Wayne Rooney
GK 29 Poland Tomasz Kuszczak
DF 3 France Patrice Evra
DF 22 Republic of Ireland John O'Shea Substituted in 112'
MF 14 England Alan Smith Yellow card 105' Substituted in 92'
FW 20 Norway Ole Gunnar Solskjær Substituted in 112'
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


The Chelsea players celebrate
Chelsea Manchester United
Total shots 18 12
Shots on target 4 4
Ball possession 50% 50%
Corner kicks 1 6
Fouls committed 18 18
Offsides 0 5
Yellow cards 4 3
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[10]

See also


  1. ^ Bose, Mihir (16 October 2006). "Wembley to host 2007 FA Cup final". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  2. ^ "FA Cup final – Chelsea 1–0 Man Utd". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 19 May 2007. Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
  3. ^ "BBC pundits on the FA Cup final". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  4. ^ Wilson, Paul (20 May 2007). "The two best teams in England but not much to shout about". London: Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Most Boring Cup Final In History". BBC 606 Fans forum. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Where are they now?". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 19 May 2007. Archived from the original on 23 May 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
  7. ^ Doyle, Paul (19 May 2007). "Minute-by-minute report". Guardian Unlimited. London. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Giggs bemoans the goal that wasn't". Archived from the original on 21 May 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Bennett chosen for Final". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2007.
  10. ^ "Chelsea; FA Cup Winners 2007". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

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