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2000 FA Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view)
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 3Hull City1–6Chelsea
Round 4Chelsea2–0Nottingham Forest
Round 5Chelsea2–1Leicester City
Quarter-finalChelsea5–0Gillingham
Semi-finalNewcastle United1–2Chelsea
 (at Wembley Stadium)
Aston Villa
Round 3Aston Villa2–1Darlington
Round 4Aston Villa1–0Southampton
Round 5Aston Villa3–2Leeds United
Quarter-finalEverton1–2Aston Villa
Semi-finalBolton Wanderers0–0Aston 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 Soccerball 73' (Report)
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Chelsea
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Aston Villa
GK 1Netherlands Ed de Goey
DF 15Netherlands Mario Melchiot Yellow card 18'
DF 6Flag of France Marcel Desailly
DF 5Flag of France Frank Leboeuf
DF 3Flag of Nigeria Celestine Babayaro
MF 8Flag of Uruguay Gus Poyet Yellow card
MF 11England Dennis Wise (c) Yellow card 28'
MF 7Flag of France Didier Deschamps
MF 16Flag of Italy Roberto Di Matteo
FW 25Flag of Italy Gianfranco Zola Sub off 89'
FW 31Flag of Liberia 001 George Weah Sub off 88'
Substitutes:
GK 23Flag of Italy Carlo Cudicini
DF 26England John Terry
MF 34England Jon Harley
MF 20England Jody Morris Sub on 89'
FW 19Flag of Norway Tore André Flo Sub on 88'
Manager:
Flag of Italy Gianluca Vialli
GK 1England David James
DF 24Flag of Wales Mark Delaney
DF 5England Ugo Ehiogu
DF 4England Gareth Southgate (c)
DF 15England Gareth Barry Yellow card 16'
DF 3England Alan Wright Sub off 88'
MF 6 Netherlands George Boateng Yellow card
MF 10England Paul Merson
MF 7 England Ian Taylor Sub off 79'
MF 18Flag of Italy Benito Carbone Sub off 79'
FW 9 England Dion Dublin
Substitutes:
GK 39Flag of Finland Peter Enckelman
DF 31England Jlloyd Samuel
MF 26England Steve Stone Sub on 79'
MF 17England Lee Hendrie Sub on 88'
FW 12England Julian Joachim Sub on 79'
Manager:
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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