English FA Cup

May 17, 2008

Full-time

Portsmouth

1 - 0

Cardiff City

English FA Cup

14:00 +00:00, May 17, 2008

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: M Dean

  • 90'

    Harry Redknapp becomes the first English manager to win the trophy since Joe Royle in 1990. Well done, 'arry.

  • 90'

    Unlucky Cardiff. They played their part. Well done to them too.

  • 90'

    Portsmouth: FA Cup Winners 2008. Well done, Pompey.

  • 90'

    Another ball pumped in. James claims with calm. And that is just about it....and it is.

  • 90'

    Headed away then Roger Johnson makes room. Glen Johnson blocks him.

  • 90'

    Silly foul from Diarra. Peter Enckelman comes up for the free-kick.

  • 90'

    James gets the ball under a high bouncing ball. And gets back up.

  • 90'

    Flicked on. Peter Enckelman smashes long. Must be time for him to go up.

  • 90'

    Free-kick after Ramsey fouls Bouba Diop. He makes a meal of it. Time ticking down for Harry.

  • 90'

    Capaldi to launch in a long throw. Thompson the target. Distin gets it away.

  • 90'

    Hreidarsson hoofs long. Pompey happy with their 1-0.

  • 90'

    Four minutes to be added on.

  • 89'

    Bouba Diop wins another. McNaughton is wracked by cramp and can't walk.

  • 88'

    Ramsey has two chances to equalise. Scrambled away as he tries to play in his team-mates. Panic for Portsmouth turns to relief as Baros wins a corner.

  • 87'

    Sinclair gets on a run. But his cross fades into the area and James lets it loop out.

  • 86'

    Kanu takes his time to limp off. The goalscorer of course.

  • 85'

    Kanu limping and Baros is about to come on for him. On comes Tricky Trev Sinclair for Gavin Rae.

  • 85'

    And then just squeezes it wide. Best attack in some time from a conservative Pompey.

  • 84'

    The Pompey Chimes ring out. And Distin goes on a cavalry charge.

  • 83'

    Nugent makes some space with a nice run. Portsmouth happy to keep it.

  • 82'

    Pompey attack. McNaughton looks to have cramp as he goes down in stopping it.

  • 80'

    Ramsey, bubbling away, wins a throw. Capaldi launches it. But Campbell away.

  • 79'

    Johnson holds off Ledley to win a goal-kick.

  • 78'

    Ramsey took it. Thompson came in and Loevens can't direct at goal. A good chance again for the Dutchman.

  • 78'

    Meanwhile Cardiff win a corner.

  • 77'

    Bouba Diop comes on for Pompey.

  • 77'

    Cardiff pressure. Johnson happy to pummell it away as Pompey comes under pressure.

  • 76'

    Ramsey again showing skill as Thompson gets away to win a throw. All up for Capaldi's throw. Scrambled away by Krancjar.

  • 75'

    Ramsey shows nice skill and turned. Hit a nice pass but maybe his team-mates aren't on his wavelength.

  • 74'

    Cardiff all up. Johnson again gets to it but can't his head to it.

  • 73'

    Nugent fouls Hooevens. And then Ledley wins a corner.

  • 71'

    Joe Ledley shoots from a mile away. And misses by further miles.

  • 70'

    Nugent comes on and shoots at the goal from a wide angle. Corner as Peter Enckelman punches behind.

  • 69'

    Campbell clears. Nugent fouled by Rae. And off comes Hasselbaink. Steven Thompson, former Ranger and one-time victim of a banana boat, comes on.

  • 68'

    Off goes Utaka after that knock of a few minutes ago.

  • 68'

    Nugent to come on. The forgotten man.

  • 67'

    Krancjar can't pull the trigger when he made space. Wanted too much time.

  • 66'

    McNaughton clears only to Kanu. Cardiff camped in their own half.

  • 66'

    Utaka the target for a free-kick. It goes over everyone. Not much happening here.

  • 65'

    Hasselbaink has to go. Done nothing. Get him off.

  • 65'

    Ball back with Jameo. Cardiff chasing shadows.

  • 64'

    Ramsey gets his first touch. Nice shimmy but it sneaks out. He soon gets it back. And shows he's willing to get involved.

  • 64'

    McNaughton smashes away. And is fouled for his troubles.

  • 61'

    'She fell over!' Diarra slipped when Johnson tried to play him in.

  • 61'

    Whittingham off. Should have been Hasselbaink. But Ramsey becomes the second youngest man to play in an FA Cup Final.

  • 59'

    Aaron Ramsey is due to come on. He's not from Erinsborough but Caerphilly and is said to be worth £10m at just 17 years old.

  • 58'

    Looked to have taken a whack to his shin.

  • 58'

    Utaka goes down injured.

  • 58'

    Much more action than last year already. What an awful game that was.

  • 57'

    Kanu out left. Spread wide and then passed in the centre. Diarra tackled. Then Ledley is fouled. Breathless stuff.

  • 56'

    Ledley on the attack. But acrobatically cleared by Muntari.

  • 56'

    Peter Enckelman flaps again. Ball comes to Muntari. But he smashes over.

  • 56'

    Johnson doesn't get it in. But it's a corner.

  • 56'

    Krancjar fouled now. Time for the ball to be smashed into the Cardiff area. But it's played short.

  • 55'

    Parry was in space but couldn't be found.

  • 55'

    Diarra charge but he loses it fast.

  • 54'

    Krancjar booked for a foul. Two in the notebook now.

  • 53'

    Peter Enckelman palms away. Better but still not convincing.

  • 52'

    Diarra charges through. Passes back to Kanu. Shot deflects behind. Should have been two.

  • 52'

    Hasselbaink, however, is doing a Drogba. And falls over.

  • 51'

    Now Johnson is injured after falling over the back of Kanu. But he's no Drogba and gets back up as soon as he can.

  • 51'

    Long ball smashed in Cardiff claim a corner when Roger Johnson heads into a Pompey player. Not given.

  • 50'

    Ledley shows good skill and beats Johnson. Utaka takes him down.

  • 49'

    Long ball pumped in. And Capaldi comes away with it.

  • 48'

    Kanu is tackled. Pompey dominating possession. They're happy to keep it. Back to James. Long kick. Diarra fouled.

  • 47'

    Utaka on the attack. Johnson does well to find Mendes.

  • 46'

    Not much happening save for the ball losing its pressure.

  • 45'

    Ledley into it early. And wins a throw. Gavin Rae can't get to it.

  • 45'

    Off back to the second half. No subs made. Aaron Ramsey, the young kid who could break records, will have to wait.

  • 45'

    Half-time: Cardiff the better for 30 minutes. Portsmouth took a long time to get into it and took their chance when Peter Enckelman erred for the second time.

  • 45'

    Goal? James on safari as always at Wembley. Looevens hooks in. It was a great finish but ref blows for it hitting his hand. No goal but if I was Cardiff I'd smash it towards 'Jameo' every time.

  • 45'

    Another free-kick. Whittingham to curl in. Glen Johnson forced to knock behind.

  • 45'

    Another free-kick. Whittingham to curl in. Glen Johnson forced to knock behind.

  • 44'

    Long free-kick to Cardiff. Roger Johnson on the end of it they hope. Campbell fouls him. But says he doesn't.

  • 42'

    That Pompey pillock appears on screen. That man gets more airtime than George Bush.

  • 41'

    Handball by Mendes. He says it hit him the face. It didn't.

  • 41'

    Pompey fans in excelsis. They're by far the greatest team the world has ever seen. Apparently.

  • 40'

    Rae out to Parry. He goes clear and the goes out wide. His pass across the goal nearly came to McNaughton. But he can only skew wide. Unlucky.

  • 38'

    Hasselbaink on the charge. But Pompey get it back. Beginning to enjoy themselves here.

  • 37'

    Another corner to Pompey. Peter Enckelman palms away again. Not looking too calm the Finn.

  • 36'

    Some confusion as the ref's assistant saw something. But the goal stands. And it's 1-0 to Portsmouth.

  • 35'

    Peter Enckelman spills the ball as a cross came in from Utaka. Straight to Kanu and goal!!!!

  • 35'

    Johnson penalised for pushing. Another Cardiff free-kick.

  • 34'

    Pompey having a great deal of possession. Cardiff's early stuff has faded.

  • 34'

    Krancjar flick to Muntari and it's offside.

  • 33'

    Came to nothing. But Glen Johnson shows skill on the wing. Enckelmann punches away when he had a few bearing down on goal.

  • 32'

    Free-kick to Portsmouth.

  • 31'

    Kanu has a wild swipe from distance. It flies a mile away from its target.

  • 30'

    Hasselbaink beats two but couldn't thread in Whittingham.

  • 30'

    Gavin Rae fouled Mendes, who made a lot of it.

  • 30'

    Hasselbaink dives and gets no dice from ref Mike Dean. Diarra attempts a break but lost his touch.

  • 29'

    Capaldi to throw it again. Hasselbaink is the target but he can't get to it.

  • 27'

    Long ball to Hasselbaink is headed away by Sol Campbell. Krancjar can't find space. Another long ball wins Cardiff a corner.

  • 26'

    Another free-kick to Cardiff. More chance to get that Pompey defence under pressure. Roger Johnson gets up highest but heads away as it bounced off the top of his napper.

  • 25'

    Hermann Hreidarsson miscues. Pompey unable to settle.

  • 25'

    Looevens could not get to it at the far post.

  • 24'

    Campbell and Parry up against each other after another long ball. Another corner to Cardiff.

  • 23'

    Nicely slipped to Parry. But he couldn't get power on it and smashes it into a wall of players. Nice idea.

  • 23'

    On the edge of the box, this free-kick. Whittingham takes.

  • 22'

    Johnson fouls Ledley when he looked to have been beaten.

  • 21'

    Lovely ball from Muntari and Kanu slides it into the post. Great chance missed.

  • 20'

    Mendes and Johnson link. Pompey more patient in their attacks than Cardiff.

  • 20'

    James claims with calm and ease.

  • 19'

    Cardiff free-kick. Campbell comes in to head away from Roger Johnson. Corner.

  • 18'

    Capaldi had a chance to get in a cross. It doesn't beat the first man. Then Utaka shows skill but loses it.

  • 17'

    Peter Enckelman hoofs it long and out. A lull in play.

  • 17'

    McNaughton intecepts a pass and shuffles it back to his keeper.

  • 16'

    Capaldi to smash long. Cardiff win a throw. They seem to have weathered the storm.

  • 15'

    Portsmouth start to open up Cardiff. Few attempts at passes before Diarra hoofs well wide. Jeers of derision and relief from the Welsh fans.

  • 14'

    Goalkeeper fumbled. It bounced off Distin and Kanu and is bundled away. Confusion.

  • 14'

    But Pompey have a free-kick. Big men are up for this.

  • 13'

    And also immediately Whittingham gets a clear shot on goal. But it collides off a team-mate. Cardiff in the ascendancy.

  • 12'

    Parry slipped in by Whittingham. James storms out to save. Best moment of the match so far.

  • 11'

    Muntari could have released Kranjcar. He couldn't get there.

  • 11'

    McPhail passes straight off the pitch. He's not got into the game as yet.

  • 10'

    James has to clear. Offside as Kanu chases. Still nothing clearcut and difficult to gauge a pattern of play.

  • 9'

    Cardiff can't force an opportunity. Mendes tries to create in midfield. Johnson is sold shirt by a pass. Parry gets it and is fouled.

  • 9'

    Free-kick pumped long by Cardiff. Johnson clears under pressure from Ledley.

  • 8'

    Portsmouth have it with Kanu. Plenty of passing. Kanu can't get to the header. Bitty.

  • 7'

    Long ball to Parry. He can't get there but that seems to be a tactic Cardiff plan to employ rather a lot.

  • 6'

    Cleared away by Glen Johnson. Hermann Hreidarsson lets the ball drift out of play.

  • 5'

    Cardiff get a corner. Ledley to take.

  • 5'

    Pompey yet to hit their stride. Cardiff have been reduced to long balls. It's very even.

  • 4'

    Sol Campbell steps in to stop Looevens charge. Nearly gave it away but got away with it.

  • 3'

    They choose to pass it and get a feel for the ball. All the way back to James.

  • 2'

    Whittingham did well. Hasselbaink falls over. Pompey attack.

  • 2'

    Handbags in the area. Long throw from Capaldi. Slashed clear by Mendes.

  • 1'

    Long ball and Paul Parry is through. David James comes out to block. He was fast there. A test of his calf strain.

  • 1'

    Muntari fires a shot from miles away. Deflection but saved.

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    And we're off. Early burst from Diarra. He's fouled. Time to mount an attack.

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    Pompey to kick off. Here we go, here we go, here we go....

  •  

    Sol Campbell shakes hands with Stephen McPhail and Pompey win the toss. No change in ends.

  •  

    Kanu seems likely to be a lone frontman when Pompey are defending. And there'll be a 4-3-3 with Krancjar and Utaka when it's time to attack.

  •  

    Lesley 'Joseph' Garrett belts out the national anthem. Not many takers here - Sol Campbell and David James get involved.

  •  

    Sir Bobby Robson meets the players. He won the cup 30 years for Ipswich. Brian Barwick too; but who cares about him?

  •  

    So, the big news is that Robbie Fowler doesn't even make the bench. No final hurrah.

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