Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough (1997-98 League Cup Final)

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1998 Coca Cola Cup Final
1998 League Cup Final programme.jpg
0Scoreline Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough
0Date 29th March 1998
0Competition League Cup
0Referee Peter Jones
0Stadium Wembley Stadium
0Attendance 77,698

The 1998 League Cup Final between Chelsea and Middlesbrough took place on 29 March 1998 at Wembley Stadium. It was Chelsea's third appearance in the final and their second victory. Chelsea won 2-0 after the match had gone into extra time. It was Middlesbrough's second consecutive defeat in the final, and both sides had met in the previous season's FA Cup Final, which Chelsea won by the same scoreline. In all this was the third occasion upon which Chelsea had defeated Middlesbrough in a Wembley cup final, the sides having also met in the 1990 Full Members Cup Final.

This would be the first of two major trophies for Chelsea during the 1997-98 season, the Blues going on to win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup later in the campaign.


Match review

In a tight game of few chances, both teams were restricted to shots from distance before the match went into extra time. Chelsea then took control of the game, and Frank Sinclair, a villain in the 1994 FA Cup Final defeat when conceding a penalty and slipping to allow Mark Hughes to score, became the hero in this match. He started the move that ended with his header finding the corner of the Middlesbrough net to open the scoring. Chelsea's second goal came from Roberto Di Matteo. A corner played into the near post was not cleared by the Boro defence and Di Matteo was able to side foot the ball into the net on the half-volley; the Italian coming back to haunt Boro after also scoring in the 1997 FA Cup Final.

Match details

29 March 1998
Chelsea 2 - 0 Middlesbrough Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,698
Referee: Peter Jones
Sinclair Goal 95'
Di Matteo Goal 107'
GK 1 Ed de Goey
RWB 2 Dan Petrescu Sub off.png 75'
CB 5 Frank Leboeuf Booked
CB 12Michael Duberry
CB 20Frank Sinclair
LWB 14Graeme Le Saux Booked
CM 16Roberto Di Matteo
CM 11Dennis Wise (c) Booked
CM 24Eddie Newton
CF 25Gianfranco Zola
CF 10Mark Hughes Booked Sub off.png 83'
GK 13Kevin Hitchcock
DF 6 Steve Clarke Sub on.png 75'
CF 19Tore André Flo Sub on.png 83'
Gianluca Vialli
GK 1 Mark Schwarzer
RB 18Gianluca Festa
CB 5 Nigel Pearson
CB 4 Steve Vickers
LB 17Vladimír Kinder
MF 7 Robbie Mustoe
MF 10Paul Merson
MF 15Neil Maddison Sub off.png 102'
MF 14Andy Townsend Booked
CF 19Hamilton Ricard Sub off.png 65'
CF 9 Marco Branca
DF 2 Curtis Fleming
MF 8 Paul Gascoigne Booked Sub on.png 65'
CF 12Mikkel Beck Sub on.png 102'
Bryan Robson

Road to the Final

Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Additional information
1997-98Wed15Oct19973rd RoundBlackburn RoversHomeWon1-1**Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties
1997-98Wed19Nov19974th RoundSouthamptonHomeWon2-1
1997-98Wed7Jan19985th RoundIpswich TownAwayWon2-2**Chelsea won 4-1 on penalties
1997-98Wed28Jan1998Semi Final 1st LegArsenalAwayLost1-2
1997-98Wed18Feb1998Semi Final 2nd LegArsenalHomeWon3-1(4-3 aggregate)


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FA Cup:
3rd round: Man Utd
League Cup:
3rd round: Blackburn | 4th round: Southampton | 5th round: Ipswich | SF: Arsenal: 1st Leg2nd Leg | Final: Middlesbrough
Cup Winners' Cup:
1st Round: Slovan Bratislava: 1st Leg2nd Leg | 2nd Round: Tromsø: 1st Leg2nd Leg | QF: Real Betis: 1st Leg2nd Leg
SF: Vicenza: 1st Leg2nd Leg | Final: Stuttgart

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