Capital One Cup

February 25, 2007



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Capital One Cup

15:00 +00:00, February 25, 2007

Millennium Stadium, Wales

  • 102'

    What an incredible contest. Arsenal played some magic stuff, Drogba was superb, there was the sickening sight of a prone John Terry, three red cards, twelve minutes of injuy time... just incredible. English football may not be the best in the world, for sure, but it is frequently the most dramatic.

  • 102'

    Arsenal free-kick from forty yards out. Almunia is up... but it's headed out. And that's the final whistle! Chelsea have won the Carling Cup!

  • 101'

    Chelsea free-kick after a poor Fabregas tackle.

  • 100'

    Fabregas with the free-kick, but Chelsea get it clear.

  • 99'

    Kalou on for Shevchenko. There's a bit more argy-bargy on the far side.

  • 98'

    And a yellow for Lampard and Fabregas. Wow.

  • 97'

    He doesn't want to leave. He looks irate - he's bellowing at someone on the touchline.

  • 97'

    Adebayor has also been sent off!

  • 96'

    Mikel sent off - and is Toure!

  • 95'

    Toure has lost it! He's after Mikel. There's a lot of pushing and shoving - Mourinho and Wenger are on the pitch!

  • 93'

    Adebayor gets free in the box - but he's called offside.

  • 93'

    Kalou is getting instructions - looks like he'll be coming on.

  • 92'

    Arsenal free-kick after Shevchenko fouls Denilson.

  • 92'

    Cech gets a fist to the cross just as it seemed to be dropping onto the head of Senderos.

  • 91'

    Arsenal corner.

  • 91'

    Seven minutes added time to be played. It should be more than that.

  • 90'

    Ballack caught offside.

  • 89'

    Shevchenko pings one off the crossbar! That could have been it, right there.

  • 89'

    There should be plenty of injury time for Arsenal here. Terry was down for at least six-and-a-half minutes.

  • 88'

    Eboue booked after protesting at a Chelsea free-kick. Robben fell on the left-hand byline under Eboue's challenge and the Arsenal man felt that he had dived.

  • 87'

    Bridge gets the better of Walcott and Robben breaks.

  • 86'

    What can Arsenal conjur? They need something special now. The best player on the pitch is Fabregas. Can he do it?

  • 85'

    Great finish, that. The likelihood is that will win this final. It's a shame because Arsenal have played all the football but it did seem inevitable after their opponents somehow survived level until half-time.

  • 84'

    Droga scores for Chelsea! A fine header into the corner of the goal from a fine Robben cross.

  • 83'

    Poor touch by Shevchenko mars a decent Chelsea chance. Arsenal harry the Blues back up the pitch.

  • 81'

    That is Arsenal's third and final sub.

  • 81'

    Aliadiere off for Adebayor.

  • 81'

    Baptista penalised for a little push on Bridge.

  • 79'

    Almunia catches a Bridge cross.

  • 78'

    Toure balloons the ball over from the corner - I think it hit his shoulder.

  • 78'

    Arsenal corner.

  • 77'

    Senderos takes out Drogba, but there was nothing wrong with that. Drogba, by the way is sporting a naty cornrow hair cut today.

  • 76'

    This is a messy period of play - both sides have given the ball away in the past minute.

  • 74'

    Lampard pings one off the crossbar from 35 yards! That is typical Lampard - nothing for 70 minutes then an absolute screamer.

  • 73'

    Chelsea free-kick after a rash tackle by Fabregas.

  • 72'

    Shenchenko shins it out of play. Where has the Milan goal machine gone?

  • 71'

    Poor effort from Denilson after good build-up from Arsenal. Given that, it's no wonder he's never scored for the Gunners.

  • 70'

    Great take from Cech, who launches it downfield, but it's straight through to Almunia.

  • 69'

    Arsenal corner.

  • 69'

    Hleb on for Diaby, who is injured.

  • 68'

    Drogba's shot is palmed away by Almunia. You just get the feeling Chelsea are going to nick this.

  • 67'

    Eboue on for Traore.

  • 66'

    Fabregas brings it clear for Arsenal.

  • 65'

    Chelsea corner.

  • 65'

    Walcott beats Bridge but his cross is too long.

  • 64'

    Robben's cross is met by a defensive header from Traore and Arsenal bring it clear.

  • 64'

    Essien has dropped back into the centre of defence and Mikel goes into the middle.

  • 63'

    Mikel is on for Terry and Almunia gets us re-started.

  • 62'

    Terry is going to be stretchered off. He has a neck brace and an oxygen mask on. It looks, however, that he is awake and responding. Thank goodness for that.

  • 60'

    All the players are gathered around Terry's prone form. He is moving, which is good. When he went down players from both sides signalled or the physio. It was that bad.

  • 59'

    Terry is being given oxygen. Mourinho looks understandably worried.

  • 58'

    Jesus. That was bad. Diaby swung his boot to clear the ball, and connected with Terry's face. You could see he was out by the time he hit the ground. It was pretty unpleasant.

  • 57'

    Robben takes it - and John Terry gets a boot in the face as he looks to head it in. This does not look good. He is out cold.

  • 57'

    Chelsea corner.

  • 56'

    Diaby does Ballack for the umpteeth time. The German has been even worse than Lampard.

  • 55'

    Lampard has been quiet so far. He looks rather mediocre, I must say, compared to Arsenal's starlets.

  • 54'

    Shevchenko breaks for Chelsea but it breaks down. The Champions are rather lumpen at the moment. They're like a bowl of school rice pudding next to Arsenal's lovingly prepared cassoulet, or something.

  • 53'

    Diarra takes Diaby out - and gets a yellow card. That was so cynical.

  • 52'

    Robben dribbles the ball into the box, beating Traore on the way - but his bending shot is wide of the left upright.

  • 51'

    Fabregas breaks into the box after a one-two and shoots inches wide of the far post! Great stuff. This boy is special.

  • 50'

    This is dangerous. Baptista is looking to take it... but he drives it against the wall. What a waste.

  • 49'

    Carvalho booked after a trip on the edge of the box on Aliadiere.

  • 48'

    Diaby through on goal after a clever ball from Baptista - but he made it obvious where it was going and Cech made a simple save.

  • 47'

    A cross from Fabregas is 'easy meat' for Cech.

  • 46'

    Shevchenko shows some courage in beating a few Arsenla tackles. But then he gave it away.

  • 46'

    Chelsea kick off.

  • 45'

    We're almost ready to get back underway. Robben is on for Makelele.

  • 47'

    And that's half-time. It's 1-1, but Arsenal should be ahead. They have dominated.

  • 47'

    Some Chelsea scumbags were chucking plastic bottles at Fabregas as he tried to take the corner there. They don't make it easy to like them.

  • 47'

    Brillaiant stuff from Arsenal. Diaby ran into the box and flicked it to Fabregas, who gave it to Walcott - but he was tackled before he could shoot. Corner.

  • 46'

    Two minutes added time.

  • 45'

    A Fabregas shot from the edge of the box is deflected, making it an easy stop for Cech.

  • 44'

    Aliadiere breaks into the box - but is tackled. He should have passed.

  • 43'

    We are experiencing a brief lull in what has been a very entertaining first half.

  • 42'

    Diarra fouled on the right byline.

  • 41'

    Fabregas takes it, but it's straight into the goalkeeper's arms.

  • 40'

    Aliadiere blocked by Diarra on the left side of the Chelsea box. Cynical, but just a free-kick.

  • 39'

    Walcott burst into the box after a fine run - but then tried to pull the ball back when he should have shot.

  • 39'

    Cech fumbles a Traore cross - but Aliadiere can't squeeze it in from a very narrow angle.

  • 38'

    Diaby finds Fabregas on the edge of the box - but the ball balloons from his foot into Cech's arms.

  • 36'

    Esien booked for a sliding tackle on Baptista, who took a boot to the chest. Nasty.

  • 35'

    Toure fouls Shevchenko just inside the Chelsea half.

  • 35'

    Here comes Bridge - but Drogba is called offside from his cross-field ball.

  • 33'

    Fabregas is all over the place (in a good way), tackling, making passes and generally orchestrating things. But the entirety of the Arsenal team has been good so far.

  • 32'

    Great challenge by Traore, who tackled Shevchenko and won a goalkick for his side.

  • 31'

    Lovely run from Traore, who weaved through three Chelsea challenges into the box - but could only get a weak shot off at Cech.

  • 30'

    Walcott breaks forward for Arsenal, but the move is snuffed out.

  • 29'

    Denilson is then yellow-carded for a trip on Makelele. A bit harsh, perhaps.

  • 29'

    Diarra defends well to rob Denilson.

  • 28'

    Drogba heads it clear.

  • 28'

    Denilson fouled by Drogba inside the Chelsea half. Free-kick in a dangerous spot, some forty yards from goal on the right.

  • 26'

    Lampard belts the ball into the stand.

  • 24'

    Clumsy tackle by Diaby on Makelele. Free-kick for Chelsea just inside the Arsenal half.

  • 24'

    Now it's the Chelsea fans in full voice. 'You're not singing anyomre', they are chanting. True but somehat redundant.

  • 23'

    Bridge almost puts Drogba in with a floated ball, but Toure is strong and he belts it into touch.

  • 22'

    Now it's Chelsea with the pitter-patter football. They've done nothing so far and it's 1-1.

  • 21'

    That's goal number 27 for Drogba this year.

  • 20'

    Drogba equalises for Chelsea! Ballack put him in - there was a hint of offside - but the Ghanain finished well through Almunia's legs.

  • 19'

    Senderos blocks a Shevchenko shot on the edge of the box - a timely reminder that Chelsea only need one chance to get back in this.

  • 18'

    It's all Arsenal. The Blues are chasing shadows, the fools!

  • 17'

    Essien trips and the ball dribbles out of play. Chelsea have been comically inept so far.

  • 16'

    Baptista falls in the box under a Diarra challenge - and the referee rules no penalty! Probably the right decision.

  • 15'

    Arsenal have been superb so far. Say what you likev about Wenger's myopia, their media fans, their silent ground - the footballing ethos of the club is spot on. Just wonderful.

  • 13'

    Walcott scores a fantastic goal for Arsenal! Good one-two with Diaby put him in and he kept his head to put the Gunners in front.

  • 11'

    Cech just tips a rasping drive for Baptista around the post! Great stuff from the Gunners, and a top save from Cech too.

  • 10'

    Good interplay from Diaby and Aliadiere almost gets the former in, but a little deflection from Carvalho rolls the ball into the arms of Cech.

  • 9'

    It's mostly Arsenal at the moment. They don't look overawed, even though their average age is seven. Amazing.

  • 8'

    Aliadiere should have scored then. Great build-up work from Baptista and Fabregas set him up in front of goal but he scuffed his shot.

  • 6'

    Fabregas gets the first shot on target, from about thirty yards, but that's easy for Cech.

  • 5'

    The Arsenal supporters are making the most noise at the moment. They know they've nothing to lose today.

  • 4'

    Nice attempt from Baptista, who chipped the ball into the Chelsea box with the outside of his right boot. Just too far in front of Aliadiere, though.

  • 3'

    Ballack almost feeds the ball into Drogba in the box, but it's cut out by Lampard. How greedy. Having said that, Drogba was offside anyhoo.

  • 2'

    Makelele fouled by Fabregas.

  • 1'

    The Gunners get us going with s bit of inocuous tip-tap at the back.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Arsenal get us underway.


    The National Anthem is sung. Not too lusty a rendition from either side, it must be said, nor from the supporters. I can't blame them - it's a rubbish anthem.


    The teams are lining up. Baptista, in particular, looks excited. A little bit too excited, actually.


    As expected, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has stuck with his policy of leaving out all his major men. Thierry Henry, Gilberto, Freddie Ljungberg and William Gallas will play no part at all. In fact the average ago of the Arsenal outfield 10 is 20, with 19-year-old Brazilian Denilson anchoring the midfield.


    Skipper John Terry has been declared fit to lead Chelsea into their all-London Carling Cup final against Arsenal at the Millennium Stadium. Jose Mourinho picked all his big guns, including Andriy Shevchenko, a move which saw Arjen Robben left on the bench.