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Monday, February 26, 2007

Carling Cup Final, Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal, match highlights and report

Chelsea snatches the Cup from Arsenal! Didier Drogba grabbed both goals as Chelsea came from behind to win a Carling Cup final that ended in ugly scenes at the Millennium Stadium.

Theo Walcott was entitled to feel for a while that this day would be the key to open the adult phase of his career. Theo Walcott's first goal came when he chased a lax clearance, turned, exchanged passes with Diaby and lifted a finish high past Petr Cech in the 12th minute.

With 20 minutes gone, Michael Ballack lifted the ball to the right and Drogba was kept onside by the trailing foot of Philippe Senderos before he went through to shoot past a tentative Manuel Almunia. The gradual transformation of the final was in progress.

The Blues lost skipper Terry midway through the half when he took a boot in the face from Diaby as he tried to finish off an Arjen Robben corner.

Terry looked to be knocked unconscious and a mask was applied to his face to help with his breathing before he was carried off the field and taken to hospital.

Arsenal waned and their bar was to be struck by both Frank Lampard, with a 25-yard shot, and Andriy Shevchenko in the second half. The balance of power was also tipped by Mourinho's astute replacement of Claude Makelele with Arjen Robben. He neeeded Arjen Robben to disrupt a lively Arsenal by compelling them to spend more time covering and tracking back.
Robben steered the exact cross for the winner that flew over Touré and was headed in powerfully by Drogba with six minutes remaining.

Let's see the goals:

The game ended disappointingly when Obi clashed with Toure and several players from each team, as well as both managers, got involved in an ugly scuffle.
Referee Howard Webb dished out three red cards as well as yellows to Fabregas and Lampard.
Over 11 minutes of added-on time was played before the final whistle was blown to hand the first major trophy of the season to Jose Mourinho's side, who are still in the hunt for three other pieces of silverware.

Now for the fight: