FA Cup Final 2012
Chelsea vs Liverpool-  Photo Gallery
Saturday 5th May

 

 

By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 

 

 

Chelsea skipper John Terry (left in blue) and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (right in red), both of England, take a relatively calm stance for the photograph for the Wembley hoardings as the FA Cup Final 2012 approaches

 

 

Referee Phil Dowd (left) receives the ball for the 2012 FA Cup final from a competition winner on the morning of the match at Wembley Stadium 

 

 

Fans of Chelsea and Liverpool arrive at Wembley on the afternoon of the match ahead of the 5:15pm kick-off in the FA Cup Final 2012

 

 

The pre-match festivities get underway at Wembley including dancers and rock bands performing a single as the FA Cup final fever comes alive before kick-off 

 

 

The Chelsea starting line-up clutch each other before the FA Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium

 

 

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata (pictured above left) is shrugged off by young Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing (right) in the first half 

 

 

The Liverpool defence concentrate as Frank Lampard delivers an early free-kick into the box which John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic went forward for 

 

 

The powerful Ramires uses his strength and athletism to get beyond Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique to race through and fire low into the net for Chelsea

 

 

Brazilian midfielder Ramires sucks his thumb after giving Chelsea the lead after eleven minutes in the FA Cup final as Liverpool players put hands on heads 

 

 

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard (above left) and Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy (right) tussle for possession of the ball

 

 

50-year old Staffordshire whistler Phil Dowd, who has taken charge of the Community Shield, Carling Cup final and Championship play-off final, completed the set by taking charge of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool as he awards a first-half free-kick

 

 

Didier Drogba continued his supreme goalscoring record at Wembley Stadium and in the FA Cup as the Ivory Coast forward scored yet again in the final to double the Chelsea lead shortly after the interval with a low effort

 

 

Chelsea forward Didier Drogba runs off to celebrate with the Chelsea fans flocked into the corner of Wembley Stadium after scoring a second goal for the Blues on 52 minutes

 

 

Substitute Andy Carroll makes a fairly immediate impact for Liverpool after rifling a shot into the roof of Petr Cech's net on 64 minutes  to give the Reds some hope

 

 

With Liverpool now in the ascendancy, Glen Johnson chipped a cross to the backpost for an unmarked Andy Carroll whose header was pushed onto the underside of the crossbar by Petr Cech, bouncing down but not over the goalline as the equaliser looked ever closer

 

 

An enraged Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez immediately rushes over to assistant referee Andy Garratt to appeal that Andy Carroll's header crossed the line with Liverpool fans in the background aghast

 

 

The two captains, John Terry of Chelsea (left) and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool (right) shake hands at the end of the game as Chelsea lifted the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons 

 

 

The Chelsea backroom staff, including interim manager Roberto Di Matteo and his assistant boss Eddie Newton, rejoice at the sounding of the full-time whistle at Wembley as the Blues triumph in the FA Cup final

 

 

The Chelsea squad celebrate another win in the FA Cup final after collecting their medals with John Terry and Frank Lampard lifting the trophy

 

 

Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill pose with the FA Cup winning trophy on the Wembley pitch as the celebrations continued  

 

 

The pyrotechnics flash in the background and the champagne corks are popped as the entire Chelsea contingent enjoy their FA Cup success on the official winners podium

 

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