2012 FA Cup Final
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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)
2011
2013

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 Goal 11'
Drogba Goal 52'
Report Carroll Goal 64'


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