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