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Chelsea’s impressive FA Cup form of recent years continued at Wembley in 2012, but they were certainly given a real run for their money by Liverpool, chasing their first Cup title since 2006.
It had looked as though Roberto Di Matteo’s men were going to cruise to victory after going two goals clear in the early stages of the second half thanks to goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba, but the introduction of substitute Andy Carroll by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish changed the whole dynamic of the game and almost saw Liverpool draw level and take the match to extra-time.
The big Geordie was just what Liverpool had been crying out for in a stale first half, with Luis Suarez often left isolated as a lone striker, whilst Chelsea largely controlled proceedings and took an early lead through Drogba, whose own FA Cup Final record was further enhanced.
Unfortunately for Dalglish and Liverpool though, it was too little too late and Chelsea managed to contain the Merseysiders and hold on to win their fourth FA Cup in the last six years.
Chelsea: 1 Petr Cech, 2 Branislav Ivanovic, 3 Ashley Cole, 7 Ramires (16 Raul Meireles, 77), 8 Frank Lampard, 10 Juan Mata (15 Florent Malouda, 90), 11 Didier Drogba, 12 John Obi Mikel, 17 Jose Bosingwa, 21 Salomon Kalou, 26 John Terry (c ).
Substitutes not used: 22 Ross Turnbull, 5 Michael Essien, 9 Fernando Torres, 19 Paulo Ferreira, 23 Daniel Sturridge.
Manager: Roberto Di Matteo
Liverpool: 25 Pepe Reina, 2 Glen Johnson, 3 Jose Enrique, 5 Daniel Agger, 7 Luis Suarez, 8 Steven Gerrard (c), 14 Jordan Henderson, 19 Stewart Downing, 20 Jay Spearing (9 Andy Carroll, 55), 37 Martin Skrtel, 39 Craig Bellamy (18 Dirk Kuyt, 79).
Substitutes not used: 11 Maxi Rodriguez, 23 Jamie Carragher, 32 Alexander Doni, 33 Jonjo Shelvey, 34 Martin Kelly.
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