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FA Cup Final: A tale of woodwork, missed penalties, and a winner free-kick

May 15, 2010

Chelsea managed only a 1-0 win in the FA Cup final earlier today against Portsmouth, completing a season’s double, but the match could have gone well in their way in the first half, had James’ woodwork not come to his rescue time and again to keep the match at 0-0 at half time. Lampard was first to taste the woodwork as his shot curled outside the left hand post of James, then Kalou may be won the “miss of the season” award as he sent his shot onto the bar with James well beaten and the goal gaping wide in front of him, while Terry had a header crashing yet again on the same bar, with then Drogba having a freekick palmed onto the bar yet again, and then hit a post later on.

The second half was more animated, as first Belletti brought down Dindane in the box, but Boateng, trying to make the penalty look easy, had a soft shot right down the middle, and even if Cech had dived the wrong way, he still managed to block it with his feet. Boateng was still feeling the sour taste of failure when Chelsea won a freekick at the other end, and Drogba sent an inch perfect shot past James to give the Blues a well deserved lead. Portsmouth lost the gloss from there on, and in the closing minutes Lampard stepped up to secure Chelsea’s win after being fouled in the box by Brown, but he too missed his penalty, as he sent his shot just wide of goal. 1-0 the final scoreline, a well deserved win for the Blues, while Portsmouth bowed out gracefully despite being relegated from the Premier League for next season, as they stood up to Chelsea for this last game, and almost deserved an equalizer to keep the suspense and make the game more exciting, but which alas never came.

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