Drogba strikes again as Chelsea wins FA Cup
London, England (Sports Network) - Didier Drogba became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals as he bagged the match-winner to help Chelsea edge Liverpool, 2-1, on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea claimed its third FA Cup in the last four years and fourth in the last six years. Drogba scored the match-winner in two of the three previous finals, including an overtime goal in 2007.
Ramires opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a solid finish to the near post, and Drogba followed early in the second half with a shot inside the post as Chelsea took a two-goal lead.
Substitute Andy Carroll found a goal in the 63rd minute for Liverpool and came close to a second, but was denied by just inches or less.
Carroll turned an open header on goal with eight minutes to go, but goalkeeper Petr Cech dove to get his hand on the ball just before it completely went over the line and deflected it off the bottom of the crossbar and out.
Liverpool and Carroll started to celebrate the goal and Luis Suarez confronted the assistant referee, but replays appeared to show Cech just managed to keep the ball out.
Roberto Di Matteo, interim manager for Chelsea, won the FA Cup as a player and will try to lead the Blues to a double in the Champions League final May 19 in Germany against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea won its seventh FA Cup, moving level with Liverpool and Aston Villa on the all-time list for fourth place. Manchester United has the most with 11.
05/05 14:25:12 ET