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Chelsea seal historic double with FA Cup win

05-16-2010 11:14 BJT

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After wrapping up the league with an 8-0 thumping of Wigan Athletic last weekend, only Portsmouth stood in the way of Chelsea making history as they went in search of a league and cup double in the FA Cup final.

Wembley was the venue in North West London and Chelsea won the toss to play in their blue home kit.

Chelsea leapt from the traps and Lampard hit a post before Salomon Kalou hit the bar from four out in the 27th minute.

Later in the first half, Didier Drogba's free kick saw David James tip the ball onto the bar and bounce down on the line.

James doing just enough to keep the ball out and enhance his claims for a starting position for England in South Africa.

It all changed in the second half. Sub Julio Belletti brought down Aruna Dindane in the box early in the second half.

Kevin Prince-Boateng wont forget his miss quickly after seeing his effort saved by the legs of Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in the 56th minute.

Three minutes later and Chelsea found the back of the net.

Drogba drove in a free kick from 25 yards out which went in the foot of the post.

At the death - Frank Lampard went down in the box after Michael Brown fouled in the 87th minute.

The usually unflappable Lampard put his spot kick wide in the 88th minute. Chelsea hung on to seal a historic double.

Chelsea Captain John Terry said, "We had so many chances early on and we were so in control of the game it was just a case of keep doing exactly what we were doing because with the quality we possessed we were always going to get a goal I think, and we were a little but unlucky, hit the post five or six times, and unfortunately Jamo (David James) made a great save from Didier's free-kick in the first half, but it was important at half time that we just kept plugging away and keep going."

Portsmouth player Jamie O'Hara said, "Everyone wrote off us really, and everybody thought we would get hammered, I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and could have nicked the game, we created some good chances, and we had one great chance in the first half and a penalty in the second half, and I thought we did well, to lose 1-0 in the cup final against a team that's dominated the league whilst we have been relegated - it's a good thing."


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