Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (2006-07 League Cup Final)

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2007 Carling Cup Final
2007 League Cup Final programme.jpg
0Scoreline Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
0Date 25th February 2007
0Competition League Cup
0Referee Howard Webb
0Stadium The Millennium Stadium,Cardiff
0Attendance 70,073

Chelsea and Arsenal contested the 2007 League Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium on 25 February 2007. It was the first all-London final in the competition's history, and the second time the clubs had met in a major cup final, the other being the 2002 FA Cup final. Chelsea won the game 2-1, with both Chelsea goals coming from Didier Drogba after Theo Walcott had opened the scoring for the Gunners. The match was an eventful affair which included a sickening injury to John Terry and three red cards following a late fracas involving most of the players. This was the fourth major trophy that Chelsea won under José Mourinho.

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Match review

Arsenal fielded a young side, with an average age of 21, and started the match well, with Júlio Baptista forcing a fine save from Petr Čech in the 11th minute before Walcott gave Arsenal the lead shortly afterwards with a composed finish. Didier Drogba equalised 8 minutes later, racing on to a ball from Michael Ballack before side-footing the ball under Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel
Terry is knocked unconcious as Diaby attempts to clear
Almunia. Arsenal continued to play well either side of half-time, with Čech saving from Abou Diaby and Cesc Fàbregas putting a chance wide. Mid-way through the second half Chelsea captain John Terry was kicked in the jaw by midfielder Abou Diaby while attempted to head the ball in front of Arsenal's goal, with the latter's foot making contact as he attempted to clear the ball. The Chelsea defender was immediately stretchered off unconscious and taken to hospital, but later discharged himself and returned to the stadium to celebrate with his teammates. Chelsea then finished strongly as Arsenal's young side seemed to tire. Drogba forced a save from Almunia and Frank Lampard struck the bar from distance, before Arjen Robben – who had replaced Claude Makélélé at half time in an attacking substitution by José Mourinho – crossed from the left for Didier Drogba to head the Blues in front in the 84th minute.

Injury time

A record seven minutes of stoppage time were added to the match due to the injury suffered by John Terry, and stoppage time was extended by an extra five minutes following a fracas that resulted in Arsenal captain Kolo Touré and striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel being sent off for violent conduct and Frank Lampard and Cesc Fàbregas shown yellow cards for unsporting behaviour. The full-time whistle eventually blew in the 103rd minute of play.

Cesc Fàbregas complaining that celery was being thrown in his direction

After the initial bookings of Touré and Mikel, referee Howard Webb consulted with an assistant referee, and Adebayor was sent off, allegedly over striking Wayne Bridge. Adebayor was irate and had to be calmed down as he was escorted off the field by fellow striker Thierry Henry, who was not chosen for the match because he had not participated in the Carling Cup run. After the game, Bridge told reporters that he had been punched by Emmanuel Eboué – not Adebayor, whom he suspected to be a victim of mistaken identity. The next day Arsenal and Chelsea submitted claims for wrongful dismissal of Adebayor and Mikel, respectively, to the FA. The FA denied both appeals, also stating that Adebayor's claim "was not a claim for mistaken identity." The FA statement charged Arsenal and Chelsea with misconduct concerning their inability to control their players. As a result Eboué was charged with violent conduct for striking Bridge; Adebayor was charged for his behaviour after being sent off. Terry's injury and Touré's sending off meant that neither side's captain finished the game. After each player had left the field the captains' armbands were given to Lampard and Fàbregas respectively. The match was also interrupted by incidents of Chelsea fans throwing celery in the direction of Arsenal players.

Match details

25 February 2007
15.00
Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 70,073
Referee: Howard Webb
Drogba Goal 20', 84' Walcott Goal 12'
CHELSEA:
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 19Lassana Diarra Booked 52'
CB 26John Terry (c) Sub off.png 63'
CB 6 Ricardo Carvalho Booked 49'
LB 18Wayne Bridge
DM 4 Claude Makélélé Sub off.png 45'
CM 8 Frank Lampard Booked 90+6'
CM 13Michael Ballack
CM 5 Michael Essien Booked 36'
CF 7 Andriy Shevchenko Sub off.png 90+9'
CF 11Didier Drogba
Substitutes:
GK 40Henrique Hilário
DF 3 Ashley Cole
MF 12Mikel John Obi Sent off 90+6' Sub on.png 63'
MF 16Arjen Robben Sub on.png 45'
FW 21Salomon Kalou Sub on.png 90+9'
Manager:
José Mourinho
ARSENAL:
GK 24Manuel Almunia
RB 31Justin Hoyte
CB 5 Kolo Touré (c) Sent off 90+6'
CB 6 Philippe Senderos
LB 45Armand Traoré Sub off.png 66'
RM 32Theo Walcott
CM 4 Cesc Fàbregas Booked 90+6'
CM 15Denílson Booked 29'
LM 2 Abou Diaby Sub off.png 68'
CF 30Jérémie Aliadière Sub off.png 80'
CF 9 Júlio Baptista
Substitutes:
GK 21Mart Poom
DF 20Johan Djourou
DF 27Emmanuel Eboué Booked 88' Sub on.png 66'
MF 13Aliaksandr Hleb Sub on.png 68'
FW 25Emmanuel Adebayor Sent off 90+6' Sub on.png 80'
Manager:
Arsène Wenger

Road to the Final

Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Additional information
2006-07Wed25Oct20063rd RoundBlackburn RoversAwayWon2-0
2006-07Wed8Nov20064th RoundAston VillaHomeWon4-0
2006-07Wed20Dec20065th RoundNewcastle UnitedAwayWon1-0
2006-07Wed10Jan2007Semi Final 1st LegWycombe WanderersAwayDrew1-1
2006-07Tue23Jan2007Semi Final 2nd LegWycombe WanderersHomeWon4-0(5-1 aggregate)

Post-Match Reaction

Frank Lampard on BBC Radio Five Live : "It looked terrible when John Terry went down. We're devastated for John and we'll lift up the cup for him. Regarding the pitch scuffle, the whole thing just escalated, but it happened because both sets of players wanted to win the trophy so much."

Didier Drogba on BBC Radio Five Live :"I am very happy, but I'm thinking about John Terry. We've had some news that he's feeling a bit better. I was near him when it happened. It was a shame about the fight at the end, this was not in keeping with the game."

Jose Mourinho on BBC Radio Five Live :"It was a pity about the pitch fracas. I do understand it's emotional and I understand how the players are feeling. Arsenal were losing the final so it was understandable their emotions took over. But it was a great game between two teams with two different styles. But history will show we have taken the cup home.

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