|Event||2011–12 FA Cup|
|Date||5 May 2012|
|Venue||Wembley Stadium, London|
|Man of the Match||Juan Mata (Chelsea)|
|Referee||Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)|
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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.
|5 May 2012
|Chelsea||2–1||Liverpool||Wembley Stadium, London|
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Man of the match