English FA Cup

March 8, 2003

Full-time

Arsenal

2 - 2

Chelsea

English FA Cup

17:15 +00:00, March 8, 2003

Highbury, England

Referee: P Durkin

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    It was an exciting FA Cup quarter-final and now Arsene Wenger's men must do it all again as they push for honours on three fronts - not what the Gunners wanted.

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    Chelsea have fought back for a 2-2 draw at Highbury and Arsenal now face a tough trip to Stamford Bridge.

  • 90'

    ....The keeper recovers to palm the shot away, Chelsea hoof the ball towards the touchline and the final whistle blows.

  • 90'

    ..Van Bronckhorst strikes it with power. Morris sticks out a foot, deflects the shot and wrong foot Cudicini who has started to move to his left.....

  • 90'

    Chelsea scramble to clear their lines. Lampard over commits himself and gives away a freekick in the centre of goal, 22-yards out......

  • 90'

    De Lucas cuts out a Campbell throughball, rebounds it off Toure's legs and wins a goalkick for the Blues.

  • 89'

    Arsenal swarm around the Chelsea area. Parlour fires off a 22-yard shot that whistles over the bar and Cudicini is happy to take his time over the goalkick.

  • 88'

    Lampard finds space in the midfield. He loks up to see Hasselbaink making a run but he overhits the pass and Seaman claims.

  • 87'

    Toure drives at the Blues defence and this time it's Melchiot who makes a last ditch tackle as Arsenal push for a winner.

  • 86'

    ...Terry slides in with an excellent challenge and Chelsea clear their lines.

  • 86'

    Arsenal aren't done yet as Parlour sets himself for a shot from the edge of the box....

  • 85'

    It's all square now. Chelsea have fought their way back into the match.

  • 84'

    ....Campbell goes to ground, Lampard swings a foot at the ball and it squirms past Seaman and into the back of the net. GOAL!!!!

  • 83'

    Melchiot flicks the cross on and Arsenal can't clear. There is a melee in the goalmouth as red and blue shirted players hack at the ball....

  • 82'

    ....The Dutch striker hammers off a shot but Keown sticks out a leg, deflects it wide and Chelsea have a corner.

  • 81'

    De Lucas takes a pass in space. He turns towards goal and plays the ball into Hasselbaink....

  • 80'

    ....The youngster sets himself for the shot but blasts it high and wide from 18-yards.

  • 79'

    Lauren goes on a forward foray. He plays the ball inside to Wiltord, who flicks the ball on for Toure.....

  • 78'

    De Lucas finds some space on the right and hits a near post cross. No striker has taken the gamble and the ball skips of the turf into Seaman's grasp.

  • 77'

    Hasselbaink's frustration boils over and he scythes down Lauren. He escapes a booking but the defender needs some treatment.

  • 76'

    Arsenal make another change. Henry goes off and on comes Toure.

  • 75'

    Gudjohnsen hits a throughball on the turn but Seaman rushes off his line to thwart Hasselbaink.

  • 74'

    Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen work a short corner but Edu blocks the cross and another chance goes begging for the Blues.

  • 73'

    He chips it to the back post instead and Gallas powers a free-header over the bar.

  • 72'

    Hasselbaink draws a foul and Chelsea have a shooting chance from the freekick.

  • 71'

    Campbell makes a hash of a clearence and Chelsea are gifted with a corner. But the cross is so high it comes down with snow on.

  • 70'

    Gallas hacks down Pires and Chelsea make a change. Off go Petit and Gronkjaer and on come Gudjohnsen and De Lucas.

  • 69'

    Hasselbaink is lost up front. The ball is pumped towards him but he is out numbered and Keown makes the tackle.

  • 68'

    Chelsea's Petit is working hard against his old club but one man can't stem the flow of Arsenal's attacks.

  • 67'

    Pires decides it's his turn to shoot and blast the ball over the bar and into the cheering fans.

  • 66'

    Chelsea only have one man up and the ball just keeps come back at the Blues defence.

  • 65'

    ...Henry sets himself for the shot and but Gronkjaer has recovered to make the tackle.

  • 64'

    Henry knicks the ball from Gronkjaer and sprints goalwards. Babayaro dives into a tackle on the edge of the box and the striker skips past him and into the box......

  • 63'

    Arsenal make a change. Off goes Jeffers and Ljungberg and on come Wiltord and Pires.

  • 62'

    ....The Swede attempts an inswinging shot but the keeper is equal to it.

  • 61'

    Ljungberg cuts in from the byline and spots Cudicini off his line.......

  • 60'

    ...Babayaro sets himself for the shot but slices his volley into the stands.

  • 59'

    Gronkjaer looks up for the cross. He decides against it and back-heels it down the line. The resulting cross is headed clear as far as Babayaro.......

  • 58'

    Chelsea break with Hasselbaink. The Dutchman backs Kewon into the box and then spoons his shot into row Z. What a waste.

  • 57'

    ...Edu's shot drifts wide of Cudicini's righthand post.

  • 56'

    Edu dispossess Petit and breaks. He plays a one-two with Henry and sets himself for a 20-yard shot.....

  • 55'

    Henry opts to take the corner and hits it straight out of play.

  • 54'

    Henry whips the ball in from the right and Terry is forced to concede a corner at the back post - under pressure form Edu.

  • 53'

    ...the dutch striker hits his shot straight at Seaman, who makes the save.

  • 52'

    Petit gets his toe to the ball and nicks it off Edu on the edge of his own box. Hasselbaink pounces on the loose ball and sets himself to shoot....

  • 51'

    Gronkjaer chips the ball over the defence for Babayaro to chase...he can only win a throw.

  • 51'

    Hasselbaink wins a freekick off Ljungberg on the right of the Arsenal box.

  • 50'

    Henry tries to juggle the ball in midfield but Zenden, who has had an immediate impact, easily tackles the striker.

  • 49'

    Ljunberg sprints at the Chelsea defence. He manages to drive into the box before losing his footing and hitting a tame shot as he tumbles to the turf.

  • 48'

    Jeffers helps the ball across the box to Parlour. The midfielder sets his sights and optimisticly hits a shot from wide right. Easy for Cudicini

  • 47'

    Hasselbaink skirts the edge of the box and flicks the ball through to Zenden but Keown is there to cut it out.

  • 46'

    Lampard wins the ball in midfield and Chelsea break. The England international plays the ball behind Zenden and the move breaks down.

  • 46'

    Chelsea get the second-half underway and Zenden has come on to replace Zola.

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    The defending was laughable for both Arsenal goals and the Blues now have a tough task to get back into this game.

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    Chelsea took an early lead and have only themselves to blame for going in 2-1 down at the break.

  • 45'

    Arsenal take the lead in injury time as the half-time whistle blows.

  • 45'

    ...Cudicini races off his line to make the tackle but Henry spins past him and slots the ball into an open goal. GOAL!!!!

  • 44'

    Henry breaks the offside trap, thanks to Gallas, and races onto a long ball from Vieira....

  • 43'

    Melchiot launches a long throw down field. Zola cheekily flicks the ball on but Hasselbaink has not read the move and is caught flat footed.

  • 42'

    Hasselbaink wins a corner of Campbell but Petit fails to beat the first man with the cross.

  • 41'

    ...his strike hits Keown and ricochets to Morris, who slips on the edge of the box and the chance goes begging.

  • 40'

    Gronkjaer manages to pass the ball to a teammate, from a throw, and Zola has space for a shot....

  • 39'

    Arsenal are applying the pressure until Ljungberg hits a long-range shot well wide.

  • 38'

    ....Cudicini rushes out. Henry curls the ball around the keeper but his shot strikes the post and bounces clear.

  • 37'

    The French striker beats the offside trap and gallops into the box, leaving Melchiot in his wake.....

  • 36'

    Arsenal have an equaliser, if somewhat luckily, and Henry is on the charge again.

  • 35'

    ......Jeffers sneaks in and blasts the ball into the open net from 5-yards. GOAL!!!!!

  • 34'

    Ljungberg shoots from a tight angle but Cudicini manages to palm the ball away. Babayaro has a chance to clear but gets the ball stuck in his feet......

  • 33'

    Ljungberg mis-controls and the ball trickles bounces off two Blues defenders and into the box.

  • 33'

    Arsenal break quickly with Henry, who cuts the ball back for Ljungberg...

  • 32'

    Hasselbaink and Campbell race after a throughball. Campbell shows impressive pace and strength to muscle the striker of the ball.

  • 31'

    Zola loses possession and then hauls down Van Bronkhorst for a foul.

  • 30'

    Van Bronckhorst has a shot and Cudicini makes a good save. The ball bounce loose in the box and Petit clears after accidentally handling the ball.

  • 29'

    Arsenal have the freekick moved forward to the edge of the box for Morris' blast at the ref.

  • 28'

    Ljungberg wins the ball on the flank. Vieira skips past Morris and the midfielder brings him down. Morris gets booked.

  • 27'

    Henry fakes Petit and slots the ball in the box for Jeffers, who can't control it under pressure and, as he has no opportunity to hit the deck, loses possession.

  • 25'

    Van Bronkhorst delivers the cross. Campbell climbs all over Terry and the ref blows for a freekick.

  • 24'

    Ljungberg wins a freekick on the leftwing.

  • 23'

    ....The Blues midfielder hits his shot into the ground and Keown hooks it clear.

  • 22'

    Chelsea are on the attack with Zola on the wing. The little magician bamboozles two defenders, cuts inside and plays the ball in the box for Morris.....

  • 21'

    Justice was done there.

  • 20'

    ...Cudicini leaps the right way and turns the ball past the post. Great save.

  • 20'

    Henry steps up to take the spot kick. He hits it low to his left......

  • 19'

    ...Jeffers must get booked for that dive. No! the ref has amazingly pointed to the spot for a penalty and shown Cudicini the yellow card.

  • 18'

    Jeffers races into the box with only Cudicini to beat.....oh dear! Jeffers goes to ground as the keeper rushes of his line......

  • 17'

    Gronkjaer sets off on another excellent pacey run. But when he gets chance to cross it all goes wrong again.

  • 16'

    Jeffers spreads play to the right. Parlour looks to for the return ball but Babayaro cuts it out and also prevents the corner.

  • 16'

    Ljungberg tries to go around Melchiot but runs out of pitch and ends up on his arse. He is still lacking match fitness.

  • 15'

    Zola takes it himself. The Italian curls a shot straight at Seaman, who saves with ease.

  • 14'

    Zola draws a lunging foul from Edu, who gets booked, and Chelsea have a freekick.

  • 13'

    Henry wants a penalty - not a chance.

  • 13'

    Henry uses his pace to trouble the Blues defence. He drives into the box from the left but a combination of Gallas and Cudicini clear.

  • 12'

    Gronkjaer flies down the wing but, as usual, his cross is pathetic.

  • 11'

    Hasselbaink hassles Keown and Campbell. The Arsenal defenders panic under pressure and pass back to Seaman.

  • 10'

    Lauren plays a long-range one-two with Parlour but Babayaro makes the tackle on the right touchline.

  • 9'

    Seaman slows the pace of the game as he takes his time over a goalkick.

  • 8'

    Cudicini fails to collect a freekick and the ball ricochets around a crowded penalty are before being hoofed clear by the Blues.

  • 7'

    Babayaro makes a double interception from Parlour and Lauren as Arsenal look to apply some pressure.

  • 6'

    Henry looks for Jeffers but his cross from the left tempts Cudicini off his line and the keeper collects.

  • 5'

    Lauren attacks down the right. He hits a hopeful cross that Morris blocks and Cudicini collects on his goalline.

  • 4'

    A great start for Chelsea, that has stunned the Highbury faithful.

  • 3'

    .......Arsenal push out too late. Terry is free at the back post and heads past a sprawling Seaman. GOAL!!!!

  • 3'

    Chelsea play it short to Gronkjaer, who chips the ball to the back post.....

  • 2'

    Keown slips and Zola pounces on the loose ball. Lauren forces the Italian wide and Seaman saves his strike at the near post at the expense of a corner.

  • 2'

    Van Bronckhorst, in for the injured Cole at leftback, gets an early touch and plays the ball down the line for Henry.

  • 1'

    Arsenal get the game underway inside a noisy Highbury.

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    Chelsea are without Marcel Desailly and Graeme Le Saux. Emmanuel Petit returns to the side, while Gianfranco Zola replaced Eidur Gudjohnsen up front alongside Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

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    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has rested several first-team. Dennis Bergkamp and Gilberto Silva were both omitted, while Robert Pires and Sylvain Wiltord started off on the bench.

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    All the Saturday quarter-final action from Highbury, kicking off at 17.15 GMT.