Chelsea beats Everton 2-1 in FA Cup final
Chelsea recovered from conceding the fastest goal in FA Cup final history to beat Everton 2-1 and won the trophy for the fifth time.sports Updated: May 30, 2009 22:57 IST
Chelsea recovered from conceding the fastest goal in FA Cup final history to beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday and won the trophy for the fifth time.
Louis Saha had put Everton 1-0 ahead after just 25 seconds at Wembley, but Didier Drogba equalized in the 21st minute and Frank Lampard struck the winner 18 minutes from the end.
The comeback clinched Chelsea's first trophy in two years and gave Guus Hiddink the perfect farewell in his final match before stepping down as manager.
The victory could have been even more convincing had the referee awarded Florent Malouda a goal in the 78th minute.
The France winger's 30-meter shot hit the bar and bounced down, but he struck it so hard that it was impossible for the referee to tell whether it had gone over the line as television replays indicated it had.
Chelsea had other chances, most notably when Nicolas Anelka lobbed wide with the outside of his boot and Malouda lifted a shot over goalkeeper Tim Howard and the bar from close range.
The open nature of the match defied predictions from many fans and commentators of a cagey encounter.