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2005 FA Cup Final
2005 FA Cup Final programme
Arsenal won 5-4 on penalties
EventFA Cup 2004-05
Date21 May 2005
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
RefereeRob Styles (Hampshire)
Attendance71,876
2004
2006

The 2005 FA Cup Final was held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 21 May 2005 between Arsenal and Manchester United. In a tense but surprisingly one-sided encounter, Arsenal ran out winners after 120 goalless minutes despite being outplayed throughout the game, becoming the first club to win the cup on penalties. It was the first goalless draw in an FA Cup final since 1912.

The match took place at the Millennium Stadium for the fifth consecutive year, due to the ongoing reconstruction of Wembley Stadium, the final's usual venue. The match was refereed by Rob Styles, who was aided by assistant referees Jim Devine, Paul Canadine and fourth official Neale Barry.

The game was the 17th FA Cup final appearance for both teams, a record that Manchester United surpassed in 2007. It was Arsenal's 10th FA Cup win; only Manchester United have won the trophy more times, with 11.

Background

The match was the fifth meeting between the two clubs in the 2004–05 season. Despite finishing six points ahead of Manchester United in the league, Arsenal had lost both league fixtures between the clubs, as well as a League Cup fifth-round tie, which was played out by the clubs' fringe and reserve team players. Arsenal had won the season's first encounter in the FA Community Shield, also at the Millennium Stadium, by a 3–1 scoreline.

The clubs had met in an FA Cup final before – in 1979, when Arsenal won 3–2. Manchester United were appearing in their 17th FA Cup Final, their second in as many years, and had won the FA Cup on 11 of their previous 16 appearances (including beating Milwall in the 2004 final). Two of these victories had yielded a League/FA Cup "double" (in 1994 and 1996) and in 1999 they had won the 1998–99 FA Cup as part of a unique Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. Arsenal were also appearing in their 17th Cup final, winning nine of the previous 16.

Match details

21 May 2005
15:00 BST
Arsenal 0 – 0 (a.e.t.) Manchester United Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 71,876
Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)
Report
    Penalties  
Lauren Soccerball shad check
Ljungberg Soccerball shad check
van Persie Soccerball shad check
Cole Soccerball shad check
Vieira Soccerball shad check
5 – 4 Soccerball shad check van Nistelrooy
-Soccerball shade cross Scholes
Soccerball shad check Ronaldo
Soccerball shad check Rooney
Soccerball shad check Keane
 


ARSENAL:
GK 1 Germany Jens Lehmann
RB 12Flag of Cameroon Lauren Yellow card 59'
CB 28Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Kolo Touré
CB 20Switzerland Philippe Senderos
LB 3 England Ashley Cole Yellow card 16'
CM 15Flag of Spain Cesc Fàbregas Sub off 86'
CM 4 Flag of France Patrick Vieira Captain Symbol Yellow card 118'
CM 19Brazil Gilberto Silva
RW 7 Flag of France Robert Pirès Sub off 105'
LW 9 Flag of Spain José Antonio Reyes Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 75', 120'
CF 10Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp Sub off 65'
Substitutes:
GK 24Flag of Spain Manuel Almunia
DF 23England Sol Campbell
MF 8 Flag of Sweden Good one Fredrik Ljungberg Sub on 65'
MF 17Brazil Edu Sub on 105'
FW 11Netherlands Robin van Persie Sub on 86'
Manager:
Flag of France Arsène Wenger
Arsenal vs Man Utd 2005-05-21
MANCHESTER UNITED:
GK 13Flag of Northern Ireland Roy Carroll
RB 22Flag of Republic Ireland John O'Shea Sub off 77'
CB 5 England Rio Ferdinand
CB 6 England Wes Brown
LB 27Flag of France Mikaël Silvestre Yellow card 21'
RM 24Scotland Darren Fletcher Sub off 91'
CM 16Flag of Republic Ireland Roy Keane Captain Symbol
CM 18England Paul Scholes Yellow card 112'
LM 7 Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
SS 8 England Wayne Rooney
CF 10Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
Substitutes:
GK 1 Flag of the United States Tim Howard
DF 2 England Gary Neville
DF 25Flag of South Africa Quinton Fortune Sub on 77'
MF 11Flag of Wales Ryan Giggs Sub on 91'
FW 14England Alan Smith
Manager:
Scotland Alex Ferguson

MATCH OFFICIALS

  • Assistant referees:
    • Jim Devine (North Yorkshire)
    • Paul Canadine (South Yorkshire)
  • Fourth official: Neale Barry (Lincolnshire)

MAN OF THE MATCH

MATCH RULES

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

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