2000 FA Cup Final
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Event1999–2000 FA Cup
Date20 May 2000
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchDennis Wise (Chelsea)
RefereeGraham Poll (Hertfordshire)
Attendance78,217
1999
2001

The 2000 FA Cup Final was the 119th final of the FA Cup, and the 72nd and last to be played at the old Wembley Stadium (excluding replays). It took place on 20 May 2000 and was contested between Chelsea and Aston Villa, the latter making its first FA Cup Final appearance since winning it in 1957.

Chelsea won 1–0 to secure their second FA Cup in four years, and their third in all. The goal was scored midway through the second half by Roberto Di Matteo, who had also scored in the 1997 final.

Wembley Stadium closed five months later, and was subsequently rebuilt. The FA Cup Final was played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the next six years, before returning to Wembley in 2007.

Road to Wembley

Chelsea
Round 3 Hull City 1–6 Chelsea
Round 4 Chelsea 2–0 Nottingham Forest
Round 5 Chelsea 2–1 Leicester City
Quarter-final Chelsea 5–0 Gillingham
Semi-final Newcastle United 1–2 Chelsea
  (at Wembley Stadium)
Aston Villa
Round 3 Aston Villa 2–1 Darlington
Round 4 Aston Villa 1–0 Southampton
Round 5 Aston Villa 3–2 Leeds United
Quarter-final Everton 1–2 Aston Villa
Semi-final Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Aston Villa
  (at Wembley Stadium)
Aston Villa won 4–1 on penalties

Match

Summary

Following a poor quality first half in which few chances were created, the match was brighter in the second, with Chelsea generally having the better of the play. George Weah missed several chances and Dennis Wise had a goal disallowed for offside, while Villa's Gareth Southgate headed wide. On 73 minutes, Roberto Di Matteo scored what proved to be the winning goal, capitalising on an error from Villa goalkeeper David James to put the ball in the net from close range. James came roaring off his line to deal with Zola's free-kick from the left, he fumbled the ball against Gareth Southgate's chest with Di Matteo blasting the rebound into the roof of the net. Villa could not get back in the match, their best chance falling to Benito Carbone, but his tame shot did not test Ed de Goey in goal.

Match details

20 May 2000
15:00 BST
Chelsea 1–0 Aston Villa Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 78,217<
Referee: Graham Poll (Hertfordshire)
Di Matteo Goal 73' (Report)
Chelsea
Aston Villa
GK 1 Flag of Netherlands Ed de Goey
DF 15 Flag of Netherlands Mario Melchiot Booked in the 18th minute 18'
DF 6 Flag of France Marcel Desailly
DF 5 Flag of France Frank Leboeuf
DF 3 Flag of Nigeria Celestine Babayaro
MF 8 Flag of Uruguay Gus Poyet Booked
MF 11 Flag of England Dennis Wise (c) Booked in the 28th minute 28'
MF 7 Flag of France Didier Deschamps
MF 16 Flag of Italy Roberto Di Matteo
FW 25 Flag of Italy Gianfranco Zola Substituted off in the 89th minute 89'
FW 31 Flag of Liberia George Weah Substituted off in the 88th minute 88'
Substitutes:
GK 23 Flag of Italy Carlo Cudicini
DF 26 Flag of England John Terry
MF 34 Flag of England Jon Harley
MF 20 Flag of England Jody Morris Substituted on in the 89th minute 89'
FW 19 Flag of Norway Tore André Flo Substituted on in the 88th minute 88'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Gianluca Vialli
GK 1 Flag of England David James
DF 24 Flag of Wales Mark Delaney
DF 5 Flag of England Ugo Ehiogu
DF 4 Flag of England Gareth Southgate (c)
DF 15 Flag of England Gareth Barry Booked in the 16th minute 16'
DF 3 Flag of England Alan Wright Substituted off in the 88th minute 88'
MF 6 Flag of Netherlands George Boateng Booked
MF 10 Flag of England Paul Merson
MF 7 Flag of England Ian Taylor Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
MF 18 Flag of Italy Benito Carbone Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
FW 9 Flag of England Dion Dublin
Substitutes:
GK 39 Flag of Finland Peter Enckelman
DF 31 Flag of England Jlloyd Samuel
MF 26 Flag of England Steve Stone Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
MF 17 Flag of England Lee Hendrie Substituted on in the 88th minute 88'
FW 12 Flag of England Julian Joachim Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
Manager:
Flag of England John Gregory

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.

Statistics

Chelsea Aston Villa
Goal attempts 5 11
Corner kicks 2 3
Fouls committed 17 14
Offsides 5 2
Yellow cards 3 2
Red cards 0 0

Source: The People

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