CARDIFF, Wales -- Chelsea won the League Cup final with a 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, getting two goals from Didier Drogba and overcoming a frightening head injury to captain John Terry.
Terry, also the captain of the English national team, was taken off the field on a stretcher after Arsenal defender Abou Diaby accidentally kicked him in the head in the 58th minute.
Drogba headed in the winning goal at Millennium Stadium in the 84th minute from a cross from Arjen Robben. He also scored in the 20th, eight minutes after Theo Walcott had given the Gunners a 1-0 lead.
Terry was attempting to head a corner from Robben when Diaby went for the ball with his foot. Terry then fell and appeared unconscious. Players from both teams immediately called for medical assistance.
The Chelsea defender was put on a stretcher with an oxygen mask placed over his mouth and a brace around his head. Play was halted for six minutes before Terry was carried off.
"On the stretcher, I gave him some words, and the way he reacts with his hands, I understood that he was completely conscious," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "He remembers everything in the game. He's fine."
Terry recently recovered from back and calf muscle injuries that sidelined him for 13 games, and then went down with ankle ligament damage in Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League tie at FC Porto.
Walcott gave Arsenal the lead after exchanging passes with Diaby and sending a rising shot into the far corner. Drogba leveled when he took a pass from Michael Ballack and beat Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
In the more than 10 minutes of injury time, players on both sides brawled. John Obi Mikel, who replaced Terry, was sent off along with Arsenal defender Kolo Toure. Emmanuel Adebayor was then also sent off before play restarted. Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas drew yellow cards.
"Maybe it was a consequence of some frustration in the last part of the game and some boys, they lost a little bit their emotion," Mourinho said. "I hope we can forget this incident and we all can focus on the good things of the games."
Arsenal played an inexperienced second team -- with Thierry Henry, Jens Lehmann, Gilberto and Tomas Rosicky not even in the lineup. Chelsea, however, fielded the same lineup that started at FC Porto.
In the Premier League, Wigan improved its chances of avoiding relegation by beating Newcastle 1-0. Matt Taylor scored with a 25-yard free kick after U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu fouled Leighton Baines in the 40th minute. Twelve minutes earlier, Wigan goalkeeper John Filan saved a penalty kick by Nolberto Solano.
The victory put Wigan at least six points ahead of the three teams in the relegation zone. Wigan has 29 points while Charlton has 23, West Ham has 20 and Watford has 19.
MILAN, Italy -- Inter Milan won its 17th straight game in the Italian league, defeating Catania 5-2.
Walter Samuel, Santiago Solari, Fabio Grosso, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Ricardo Cruz scored for Inter, which leads the league with 66 points. Gionatha Spinesi and Giorgio Corona scored for Catania.
Second-place AS Roma downed Reggina 3-0 and has 52 points. Palermo, which tied Atalanta 1-1, is third with 44 points.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Ajax was held to a 1-1 tie by AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league.
Kenneth Perez gave Ajax the lead in the 65th minute, but AZ substitute Maarten Martens tied the score in the 79th. Ajax played half the game with 10 men because Edgar Davids was sent off in the 45th minute for a second yellow card.
Ajax is still in second place with 56 points, seven points behind PSV Eindhoven, which beat FC Groningen 1-0 Saturday. AZ is third with 55 points.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press