2010 FA Cup Final

The 2010 FA Cup Final was the 129th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest domestic football cup competition. The match took place on 15 May 2010,[2] at Wembley Stadium, London, in front of a crowd of over 88,000 and a British television audience of over 5 million.[3] The match was contested between 2009 winners Chelsea and 2008 winners Portsmouth, and was refereed by Chris Foy from Merseyside.[1] Chelsea won 1–0.

Chelsea entered the final looking to complete the Double for the first time in their history, having been crowned as the winners of the 2009–10 Premier League the week before. Portsmouth entered the final in a markedly different position; they faced an uncertain future, having already been relegated from the Premier League on 10 April following financial troubles, which saw them become the first ever Premier League club to enter administration, incurring an automatic nine-point deduction.

After Kevin-Prince Boateng saw his penalty saved by Petr Čech in the 54th minute, Didier Drogba scored from a free kick in the 58th minute to lead Chelsea to a 1–0 victory, and their first Double despite a later penalty miss from Frank Lampard. Chelsea's Ashley Cole won the FA Cup for a record 6th time. It was the first final in which both teams missed a penalty. Frank Lampard's penalty miss was the first penalty to completely miss the target in an FA Cup Final since Charlie Wallace in 1913 (Wallace's team also won 1–0). David James was the oldest goalkeeper to play in an FA Cup final, aged nearly 40.

The UEFA Europa League qualifying place normally given to the winners of the FA Cup became irrelevant for the 2010 final, after Chelsea qualified for the Champions League and Portsmouth were refused a UEFA licence due to their financial situation. With Manchester United having won the League Cup and qualified for the Champions League, the qualifying place due to the finalists instead passed to Liverpool, the seventh-placed Premier League team.

2010 FA Cup Final
2010 FA Cup Final programme
The match programme cover
Event2009–10 FA Cup
Chelsea Portsmouth
1 0
Date15 May 2010
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchDidier Drogba (Chelsea)
RefereeChris Foy (Merseyside)[1]
Attendance88,335

Background

Up to the 2010 final, Chelsea had reached the FA Cup Final nine times, winning five of them, while Portsmouth had won two of their four finals. Portsmouth were the latest side to reach the final of the FA Cup in the same season as being relegated from Premier League; the last team to do the same was Middlesbrough in 1997.[4]

Chelsea won both of the games between the two sides in the 2009–10 Premier League, winning 2–1 at Stamford Bridge and 5–0 at Fratton Park. Chelsea and Portsmouth had been drawn together in the FA Cup twice before, each winning one tie; their first FA Cup encounter came in the Fifth Round in 1928–29, when Portsmouth won 1–0 in a replay at Fratton Park after they had drawn 1–1 at Stamford Bridge; Portsmouth went on to reach the final. Their next meeting was 68 years later, in the Sixth Round of the 1996–97 competition; Chelsea won the match 4–1 and went on to win the trophy.[5]

Because Chelsea won the 2009–10 Premier League, and Portsmouth's appeal for a UEFA licence was rejected by the FA,[6] their 2010–11 UEFA Europa League berth went to the team that finished in seventh place in the league, Liverpool.

Route to the final

Chelsea Round Portsmouth
Watford [C]
H
5–0
Sturridge 5', 68', Eustace 15' (o.g.), Malouda 22', Lampard 64' Third Round Coventry City [C]
H
1–1
Boateng 45+1'
replay Coventry City [C]
A
2–1
Wright 90' (o.g.), Mokoena 120+1'
Preston North End [C]
A
2–0
Anelka 37', Sturridge 47' Fourth Round Sunderland [PL]
H
2–1
Utaka 42', 57'
Cardiff City [C]
H
4–1
Drogba 2', Ballack 51', Sturridge 69', Kalou 86' Fifth Round Southampton [L1]
A
4–1
Owusu-Abeyie 66', Dindane 75', Belhadj 82', O'Hara 85'
Stoke City [PL]
H
2–0
Lampard 35', Terry 67' Sixth Round Birmingham City [PL]
H
2–0
Piquionne 67', 70'
Aston Villa [PL]
Wembley Stadium, London
3–0
Drogba 68', Malouda 89', Lampard 90+5' Semi-finals Tottenham Hotspur [PL]
Wembley Stadium, London
2–0
(aet)
Piquionne 99', Boateng 117'

[PL] = Premier League, [C] = Championship, [L1] = League One, [L2] = League Two

Pre-match

Match ball

The match ball for the 2010 FA Cup Final was the Umbro NeoPro. The ball has an irregular 14-panel configuration, and the panels are cut using lasers, which Umbro claim cause the ball to have a smoother flight through the air. The ball will be used for all matches in the 2010–11 FA Cup from the Second Round onwards.[7]

Officials

Merseyside-based referee Chris Foy was named as the referee for the 2010 FA Cup Final on 13 April 2010. Foy's previous assignments as the primary referee at Wembley Stadium included the 2007 FA Trophy Final and the 2009 FA Community Shield. He was also the fourth official for the 2008 FA Cup Final.[1]

His assistants for the 2010 final were John Flynn, representing the Royal Air Force Football Association, Shaun Procter-Green of the Lincolnshire Football Association, with Andre Marriner of the Birmingham County Football Association as the fourth official. The reserve match official was the Northamptonshire County Football Association's Stuart Burt.[1]

Kits

Since both sides' first-choice kits are blue, the toss of a coin was used to decide which team had choice of kit. Chelsea won the toss and wore their new blue home kit,[8] while Portsmouth wore a new white change kit with burgundy and salmon pink trim.[9]

Opening ceremony

Throughout the 2009–10 FA Cup season, the Football Association took the FA Cup trophy on a nationwide tour covering 30 venues. The tour began at AFC Bournemouth's Dean Court stadium on 12 November 2009 and culminated at Trafalgar Square on 13 May 2010, two days before the final. At the events, fans were able to have photos taken with the trophy as well as take part in other interactive activities.[10]

Immediately before the match kicked off, there was a short opening ceremony in which the traditional FA Cup anthem, Abide with Me, was sung by 14-year-old Faryl Smith. The trophy was then placed on a plinth at the mouth of the players' tunnel before the players emerged and lined up along a red carpet. The players were then introduced to the final's chief guest and the official party, after which the national anthem was sung.[11]

Match

Details

Chelsea1–0Portsmouth
Drogba Goal 59' Report
Chelsea
Portsmouth
GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 2 Serbia Branislav Ivanović
CB 33 Brazil Alex
CB 26 England John Terry (c)
LB 3 England Ashley Cole
CM 8 England Frank Lampard
CM 13 Germany Michael Ballack Substituted off 44'
CM 15 France Florent Malouda
RW 21 Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou Substituted off 71'
LW 39 France Nicolas Anelka Substituted off 90'
CF 11 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba
Substitutes:
GK 40 Portugal Henrique Hilário
DF 19 Portugal Paulo Ferreira
DF 35 Brazil Juliano Belletti Substituted in 44'
MF 10 England Joe Cole Substituted in 71'
MF 18 Russia Yuri Zhirkov
MF 24 Serbia Nemanja Matić
FW 23 England Daniel Sturridge Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Italy Carlo Ancelotti
Chelsea vs Portsmouth 2010-05-15
GK 1 England David James (c)
RB 16 Republic of Ireland Steve Finnan
CB 3 Portugal Ricardo Rocha Yellow card 90+1'
CB 4 South Africa Aaron Mokoena
LB 6 England Hayden Mullins Substituted off 81'
RM 24 Ivory Coast Aruna Dindane
CM 11 England Michael Brown
CM 8 Senegal Papa Bouba Diop Substituted off 81'
LM 23 Ghana Kevin-Prince Boateng Yellow card 36' Substituted off 73'
SS 5 England Jamie O'Hara Yellow card 90+1'
CF 9 France Frédéric Piquionne
Substitutes:
GK 21 England Jamie Ashdown
DF 18 Belgium Anthony Vanden Borre
DF 26 Israel Tal Ben Haim
DF 39 Algeria Nadir Belhadj Substituted in 81'
MF 22 Scotland Richard Hughes
FW 17 Nigeria John Utaka Substituted in 73'
FW 27 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Israel Avram Grant

Man of the match

Match officials

Match rules

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

Statistics

Chelsea Portsmouth
Total shots 24 2
Shots on target 10 1
Ball possession 56% 44%
Corner kicks 6 2
Penalty kicks 1 1
Fouls committed 16 14
Offsides 1 2
Yellow cards 0 3
Red cards 0 0

Source: BBC Sport[12]

Reactions

Criticism of pitch

The much-maligned Wembley pitch came in for criticism from Chelsea captain John Terry following the match. He said, "The pitch ruined the final. It's probably the worst pitch we've played on all year. It was not good enough for a Wembley pitch."[13]

See also

References

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  3. ^ Deans, Jason (15 May 2010). "TV ratings: FA Cup final nets 5.6m viewers". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  4. ^ Bandini, Paolo (18 April 2010). "Portsmouth v Aston Villa – as it happened". guardian.co.uk. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  5. ^ Barber, David (12 April 2010). "One win apiece". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Portsmouth Europa League appeal rejected by FA". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 April 2010. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  7. ^ "A True Story: The Neo Ball". Umbro.com. Umbro. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
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  9. ^ "New Kappa Kit For Wembley". portsmouthfc.co.uk. Portsmouth FC. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Trafalgar Square to welcome The FA Cup". TheFA.com. The Football Association. 10 May 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
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