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Drogba fires Chelsea double

other Updated: May 16, 2010 00:40 IST
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Didier Drogba's second-half free-kick ensured Premier League champions Chelsea completed a domestic double for the first time in the club's history by beating Portsmouth 1-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Drogba struck in the 59th minute, four minutes after Porstmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng had missed a penalty, and Carlo Ancelotti's side held on comfortably to complete the win and retain the trophy they won last season.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard also missed a penalty two minutes from time that would have added gloss to the scoreline, but after hitting the woodwork five times during the first half, there was little doubt Ancelotti's team deserved the win.

These two sides have experienced wildly different campaigns and finished the season at opposite ends of the league table.

While Chelsea cruised to their first Premier League title in four years by thrashing Wigan 8-0 in their final game the previous weekend, Portsmouth's descent into the Championship had been signalled from the moment they lost their opening seven league games.

Pompey, though, have shown commendable spirit on the closing weeks of the season despite their plight, most notably when they beat Tottenham 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final.

There seemed to be little chance of an upset on Saturday when Chelsea quickly established control of the game and Lampard twice came close to giving the holders a nerve-settling early goal.

The England midfielder drilled a fourth minute shot narrowly wide after Aaron Mokoena had blocked Nicolas Anelka's shot and then sent a long range effort against the outside of the post ten minutes later.

Portsmouth were largely bystanders as Chelsea settled in their opponents' half and, despite the scoreline, ran out comfotable winners.

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