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2012 FA Cup Final
FaCupFinal2012MatchProgramme
Event2011–12 FA Cup
Date5 May 2012
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchJuan Mata (Chelsea)
RefereePhil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Attendance89,102
WeatherMostly cloudy
9 °C (48 °F)
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The 2012 FA Cup Final was the 131st final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest domestic football cup competition, and was contested between Chelsea and Liverpool on 5 May 2012. It was the first FA Cup Final to be sponsored by Budweiser. The date of the 2012 final, as with the 2011 final, clashed with Premier League fixtures. While the date of the 2011 final was affected by the Champions League Final, the 2012 fixture was scheduled in order to provide a clear four-week period between the end of the English season and the start of UEFA Euro 2012. In order to avoid having league games take place simultaneously with the final, the match kicked off at the later time of 5:15 p.m., rather than the usual 3:00 p.m., by which time the other fixtures had ended.

Chelsea won the final 2–1, claiming their fourth FA Cup title in six years. Ramires put Chelsea in front in the 11th minute, and Didier Drogba doubled their lead just after the break. Liverpool halved the deficit in the 64th minute through Andy Carroll, but Chelsea held on to secure the FA Cup for the seventh time.

In the United Kingdom, the final was televised live in HD on ITV1 and also on ESPN. A peak of 11.2 million saw the climax of the game on ITV1 with 8.9 million viewers on average watching the live match coverage. It was the highest-rating final since the 2007 final. ESPN had 397,000 viewers for its coverage of the final.

Details

5 May 2012
17:15 BST
Chelsea 2–1 Liverpool Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 89,102
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Ramires Soccerball 11'
Drogba Soccerball 52'
Report Carroll Soccerball 64'


GK 1 Flag of Czech Petr Čech
RB 17Flag of Portugal José Bosingwa
CB 2 Flag of Serbia Branislav Ivanović
CB 26England John Terry (c)
LB 3 England Ashley Cole
CM 12Flag of Nigeria 001 Mikel John Obi Yellow card 36'
CM 8 England Frank Lampard
RW 7 Brazil Ramires Sub off 75'
AM 10Flag of Spain Juan Mata Sub off 90'
LW 21Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Salomon Kalou
CF 11Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Didier Drogba
Substitutes:
GK 22England Ross Turnbull
DF 19Flag of Portugal Paulo Ferreira
MF 5 Flag of Ghana Michael Essien
MF 15Flag of France Florent Malouda Sub on 90'
MF 16Flag of Portugal Raul Meireles Sub on 75'
FW 9 Flag of Spain Fernando Torres
FW 23England Daniel Sturridge
Manager:
Flag of Italy Roberto Di Matteo
Chelsea vs Liverpool 2012-05-05.svg
GK 25Flag of Spain Pepe Reina
RB 2 England Glen Johnson
CB 37Slovakia Martin Škrtel
CB 5 Flag of Denmark Daniel Agger Yellow card 44'
LB 3 Flag of Spain José Enrique
CM 14England Jordan Henderson
CM 20England Jay Spearing Sub off 54'
RW 39Flag of Wales Craig Bellamy Sub off 76'
AM 8 England Steven Gerrard (c)
LW 19England Stewart Downing
CF 7 Flag of Uruguay Luis Suárez Yellow card 81'
Substitutes:
GK 32Brazil Doni
DF 23England Jamie Carragher
DF 34England Martin Kelly
MF 11Flag of Argentina Maxi Rodríguez
MF 33England Jonjo Shelvey
FW 9 England Andy Carroll Sub on 54'
FW 18Netherlands Dirk Kuyt Sub on 76'
Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish

Man of the match

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire)
    • Andrew Garratt (Staffordshire)
  • Fourth official: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
  • Reserve official: Simon Long (Cornwall)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

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