• Date: Sat 15 May 2010
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Ref: Foy, C
  • Attendance: 88,335

Chelsea vs Portsmouth

Team Lineups

Chelsea

Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
Ashley Cole
John Terry
Rodrigo da Costa Alex
Frank Lampard
Michael Ballack (Juliano Belletti, 44)
Florent Malouda
Didier Drogba
Salomon Kalou (Joe Cole, 71)
Nicolas Anelka (Daniel Sturridge, 90)

Portsmouth

David James
Ricardo Rocha
Steve Finnan
Aaron Mokoena
Jamie O'Hara
Hayden Mullins (Nadir Belhadj, 82)
Papa Bouba Diop (Nwankwo Kanu, 81)
Michael Brown
Kevin-Prince Boateng (John Utaka, 74)
Frederic Piquionne
Aruna Dindane

Match Report
Chelsea completed the Double for the first time in their history after squeezing to a 1-0 FA Cup final win over Portsmouth at Wembley on Saturday afternoon. Things could have been so different if Kevin-Prince Boateng had converted a penalty for Pompey but, after Petr Cech had saved the tame effort, Didier Drogba scored the only goal of the game when he guided a free-kick home less than three minutes later. Frank Lampard missed a spot-kick of his own at the death but it still proved to be Chelsea's day as coach Carlo Ancelotti completed a memorable debut season in charge of the Londoners. The Premier League champions started strongly and struck the woodwork no less than five times in the opening period. Lampard was the first to go close inside four minutes when his drive from the edge of the area flew just wide of David James' post and, soon after, he went even closer to breaking the deadlock. He picked the ball up from distance before unleashing a dipping, swerving effort and, with James beaten, his effort clipped the outside of the post before going behind. Pompey almost grabbed an unlikely lead when Boateng's volley was deflected inside the six-yard box by Frederic Piquionne, but Cech was in the right place at the right time to turn the ball away. Ashley Cole then turned Steve Finnan inside out before squaring to Salomon Kalou but, with the goal gaping, the Ivorian inexplicably hit the bar from close range. John Terry was the next to come within a whisker of scoring when he planted a header against the bar from Florent Malouda's centre. Drogba then went even closer to breaking the deadlock when his stunning free-kick was expertly tipped onto the underside of the bar by James before bouncing clear. He then hit the outside of the post after wriggling past the challenges of Finnan and Aaron Mokoena as the interval loomed. Pompey were handed a superb chance to take the lead when substitute Juliano Belletti felled Aruna Dindane inside the penalty area but Boateng's half-hearted 55th-minute spot-kick was blocked by Cech's legs. The near-miss stirred the Pensioners into action and just moments later they grabbed the lead. Drogba broke free and, after Mokoena had brought him down, he fired the resulting free-kick in off the far post. Chelsea looked more likely to double their lead and, with time running out, Lampard was brought down by Michael Brown and referee Chris Foy blew for another penalty. Although the usually reliable midfielder screwed his spot-kick wide, it didn't prove costly as the Stamford Bridge outfit saw out the three minutes of stoppage time to clinch another FA Cup trophy in front of their jubilant followers.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: CHELSEA 1-0 PORTSMOUTH.

90
Yellow Card
 

There's also a late booking for O'Hara.

90

Kanu's scooped cross lands straight into Cech's hands and that should be that.

90
Yellow Card
 

Rocha goes into the book for contesting a corner.

90

Three minutes to be added on.

90
Substitution
 

The hard-working Anelka makes way for youngster Daniel Sturridge.

89

Chelsea break with Ashley Cole, he feeds Drogba and he tees up Lampard but he fires his shot wide.

88

Lampard screws wide! James dived the right way but the England man fires a yard wide.

88

Chelsea get a penalty and a chance to wrap this FA Cup final up. Brown's ugly tackle on Lampard is called by Foy.

87

Ricardo Rocha is intercepted by Anelka but he can't regain his footing when clear on goal.

85

A fantastic centre from Belhadj can't be turned home by Utaka or Kanu.

83

Ashley Cole is down after tangling with Dindane.

82

The corner is cleared and Chelsea survive.

81

Belhadj almost makes an immediate impact. His teasing cross from the left flicks off Terry and Dindane comes close to connecting.

81
Substitution
 

Nadir Belhadj comes on for Mullins and this is the last throw of the dice for Pompey.

81
Substitution
 

Diop is replaced by Nwankwo Kanu.

80

Malouda blocks Pompey's clearance and he feeds the ball to Joe Cole but he can't find one of the Chelsea players storming forward.

79

Expert defending from Ivanovic as he forces Dindane out of play.

78

Anelka picks out Lampard but he blazes a difficult chance over the bar.

77

Lampard unable to control Anelka's pass in the area. Chelsea threatening to grab a clincher here.

75

Anelka shoots off target from distance.

74
Substitution
 

John Utaka comes on for the beleaguered Boateng.

72

Massive chance for Chelsea. Drogba storms through but James thwarts him at the near post. The ball falls to Joe Cole but he fails to make a telling connection then Belletti lashes over.

71
Substitution
 

England World Cup hope Joe Cole makes his way into the action as Kalou is replaced.

69

There is activity on the Portsmouth bench. Is Avram Grant ready to throw caution to the wind?

67

Kalou's tempting cross evades everybody and Pompey clear.

66

Terry fouls Dindane and the Pompey striker is rolling around on the ground.

64

Dindane brings down Malouda and a free-kick is awarded.

63

The Pompey fans are looking dejected. They have time to get back into this, though.

62

Kalou feeds Ivanovic on the right and his return pass finds Kalou but he drags his shot wide.

60

Dindane almost collects in a dangerous position but the chance passes by.

59
Goal
 

CHELSEA 1-0 PORTSMOUTH. From the resulting free-kick, DROGBA exquisitely bends the ball around the wall and in off James' far post. Pompey will be devastated after that penalty miss moments ago.

58

Free-kick for Chelsea in a dangerous position as Drogba is felled by Mokoena.

56

Cech is the hero, Boateng is the villain! His tame effort finds the keeper's legs and Chelsea clear. Poor effort.

55

Penalty Portsmouth! Beletti's clumsy challenge on Dindane is given by Foy. What a chance for Pompey!

54

Pompey have started the better of the two sides in the second period here.

52

Dindane's poor cross is gathered by Cech.

50

Boateng finds himself free in the Chelsea area but his stinging left-footed effort sails over Cech's bar. A let off for the Blues there.

49

Ivory Coast pair Kalou and Drogba almost combine on the edge of the Pompey area.

47

Boateng's down in a heap inside Chelsea's area with a head injury.

46

The corporate seats remain empty at the start of the second period. A disappointing sight.

46

Pompey, in their new white and salmon kit, get the second half up and running.

Half time
 

Half Time: CHELSEA 0-0 PORTSMOUTH. Chelsea have done everything but score in the opening 45 minutes. They have hit the woodwork on five occasions as David James' goal lives a charmed life. Can they weather the storm after the interval?

45

Cole fires a volley wide from the angle.

45

Great block from Mokoena as Chelsea come close again. Anelka's goal-bound effort is deflected over by the big South African for another corner.

45

The marauding Branislav Ivanovic sees his dangerous cross cut out and Kalou's acrobatic effort goes wide.

44
Substitution
 

The unfortunate Ballack has failed to shrug off that knock and is replaced by Belletti.

42

Drogba hits the post! Pompey's luck is holding out somehow at Wembley.

40

Chelsea keeping close control of the ball as half-time looms.

38

Drogba's fizzing free-kick is tipped onto the underside of the bar by James. Great effort.

37

Juliano Belletti is warming up on the sidelines as Ballack is dealt with by Chelsea's physio. He is up on his feet but begins a limp walk from the field.

36
Yellow Card
 

Kevin-Prince Boateng goes into the book for a late tackle on Ballack. The German is in some discomfort here. That was a poor challenge.

35

Piquionne and Dindane break with the former teeing up the latter but he mis-times his effort and Chelsea clear.

33

Ballack fouls Aruna Dindane and the referee wants a word.

32

Anelka's effort strikes Mokoena and drifts wide of James' post for a corner.

29

John Terry is the third Chelsea man to hit the woodwork. His towering header has James well-beaten but the crossbar comes to the rescue.

27

Kalou misses an open goal from inside the six-yard area! Ashley Cole beats his marker and squares to the Ivorian and, with nobody near him, he screws his effort against the bar. Will Chelsea regret that error?

26

Portsmouth are sensing they have a chance today.

24

Chelsea regain the initiative but sloppy play hands possession to the opposition.

22

What a chance for Pompey! Kevin-Prince Boateng's volley is diverted goalwards by Frederic Piquionne but Petr Cech instinctively keeps the effort out. Massive chance.

21

Fantastic move from Chelsea sees Drogba fire on goal but Aaron Mokoena gets the block in.

20

O'Hara goes flying in on Michael Ballack and, fortunately for the Pompey man, the German gets up straight away.

18

Anelka tortures Finnan again and his cross is deflected behind for another corner. But Lampard's kick is poor.

17

Alex hits the set-piece into the wall and James completes the clearance.

17

Diop needlessly handles and Foy awards a free-kick from best part of 40-yards out.

15

The flag kick is cleared but the Londoners are stamping their mark on proceedings already.

15

Anelka teases Steve Finnan before cutting inside and seeing his near post effort saved by James. Corner for Chelsea.

14

A fantastic strike from Lampard strikes the outside of the post and behind for a goal kick.

13

Michael Brown fouls Lampard and the referee ticks off the combative midfielder.

11

The resulting free-kick is wasted as Lampard shoots tamely into the wall.

10

Anelka cynically brought down down by Papa Bouba Diop.

8

The inevitable quiet spell has already kicked into place at Wembley. This troublesome turf looks to be causing problems once again.

6

Drogba tries to fashion a chance as the ball bounces inside Pompey's penalty area but his mis-hit overhead kick goes harmlessly wide.

5

Kalou bursts past Hayden Mullins on the right wing but his cross is headed to safety.

4

Frank Lampard fires fractionally wide of David James' post from the first meaningful effort of the game. Close call.

3

Plenty of fight being demonstrated from both sides in the opening exchanges.

1

Portsmouth have made a comfortable start, keeping possession and not looking daunted by their challenge.

1
Kickoff
 

Referee Chris Foy blows his whistle and Chelsea get the game off to a start.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Prince William is introduced to the match officials and players and managers of both sides and we are now ready for the national anthem.

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The players are making their way out of the tunnel and onto the maligned Wembley playing surface.

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Chelsea have hammered home 17 goals in their previous three fixtures and the Portsmouth defence must be on top form to keep them at bay this afternoon.

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Portsmouth have suffered relegation from the Premier League this season and they will want to go out and offer their supporters sme much-needed cheer but it won't be easy against a free-scoring Chelsea outfit.

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Avram Grant has taken a chance on Jamie O'Hara, who has a back probem, while opposite Carlo Ancelotti is seeking a Double in his first season in charge of the Blues.

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Chelsea start with a three-pronged attack with Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba looking to get in on the act against Pompey.

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Good afternoon. We are nearing the start of this season's FA Cup final at Wembley where Premier League champions Chelsea take on Portsmouth.