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2020 FA Cup Final
FA Cup Final 2014 Wembley stadium
Report
Event2019–20 FA Cup
Date1 August 2020
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeAnthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Attendance0
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The 2020 FA Cup Final, known officially as the Heads Up FA Cup Final, was the final match of the 2019–20 FA Cup and the 139th final of the FA Cup. It was played at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 1 August 2020 due to being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. The match was contested between Arsenal and Chelsea. As winners, Arsenal will enter the group stage of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League. The match was officially named the Heads Up FA Cup Final by The Football Association as part of a campaign around mental health awareness promoted by The FA president, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. The match was held behind closed doors. The winners received the trophy on the pitch and not, as in previous seasons, by climbing steps to the Royal Box for the presentation.

Route to the final

Arsenal

Round Opposition Score
3rd Leeds United (H) 1–0
4th Bournemouth (A) 2–1
5th Portsmouth (A) 2–0
QF Sheffield United (A) 2–1
SF Manchester City (N) 2–0
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue

Arsenal, as a Premier League club, started in the third round at home against EFL Championship side Leeds United. At their Emirates Stadium, Arsenal won 1–0 due with a goal from Reiss Nelson. In the fourth round, they drew fellow Premier League Bournemouth away at Dean Court. Arsenal won 2–1 with goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah. In the next round Arsenal were drawn away to League One side Portsmouth. At Fratton Park, Arsenal won 2–0 with goals from Sokratis and Nketiah. In the quarter-finals, they drew fellow Premier League side Sheffield United. At Bramall Lane, Arsenal won 2–1 with a penalty from Nicolas Pépé and a stoppage time winner from Dani Ceballos. In the semi-final at neutral Wembley Stadium, Arsenal played Premier League side and current FA Cup holders Manchester City. Arsenal reached the final after a 2–0 win with two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea

Round Opposition Score
3rd Nottingham Forest (H) 2–0
4th Hull City (A) 2–1
5th Liverpool (H) 2–0
QF Leicester City (A) 1–0
SF Manchester United (N) 3–1
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue

Chelsea, as a Premier League club, started in the third round at home against Championship side Nottingham Forest and won 2–0 with goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley at their Stamford Bridge. In the fourth round, they drew another Championship side, Hull City. At the KCOM Stadium, Chelsea won 2–1 with goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori. In the next round they were drawn with fellow Premier League club Liverpool at home and won 2–0 with goals from Willian and Barkley. In the quarter-finals, they drew Premier League side Leicester City. At the King Power Stadium, Chelsea won 1–0 with the sole goal coming from Barkley. In the semi-final at Wembley, Chelsea played Premier League side Manchester United in the cup for the fourth consecutive season. Chelsea reached the final after a 3–1 win with goals from Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount and an own goal from Harry Maguire.

Pre-match

The two finalists share a London derby rivalry. The final is a repeat of the 2002 and 2017 FA Cup Finals, both of which Arsenal won. It is also a repeat of the previous year's UEFA Europa League Final which Chelsea won. Arsenal, having won a record 13 FA Cups, entered into the Final looking to extend their winners record. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match will be held behind closed doors with no spectators despite initial plans for a limited reopening.

Match

Details

1 August 2020
17:30 BST
Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 0
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
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Arsenal
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Chelsea
GK 26Flag of Argentina Emiliano Martínez
CB 16England Rob Holding
CB 23Brazil David Luiz Sub off 88'
CB 3 Scotland Kieran Tierney Sub off 90+13'
RM 2 Flag of Spain Héctor Bellerín
CM 8 Flag of Spain Dani Ceballos Yellow card 73'
CM 34Switzerland Granit Xhaka
LM 15England Ainsley Maitland-Niles
RW 19Flag of Cote d'Ivoire Nicolas Pépé
CF 9 Flag of France Alexandre Lacazette Sub off 82'
LW 14Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c)
Substitutes:
GK 33England Matt Macey
DF 5 Flag of Greece.svg Sokratis Sub on 88'
DF 31Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac Sub on 90+13'
MF 11Flag of Uruguay Lucas Torreira
MF 28England Joe Willock
MF 57England Matt Smith
MF 77England Bukayo Saka
FW 24England Reiss Nelson
FW 30England Eddie Nketiah Sub on 82'
Manager:
Flag of Spain Mikel Arteta
GK 13Flag of Argentina Willy Caballero
CB 28Flag of Spain César Azpilicueta (c) Yellow card 26' Sub off 35'
CB 15Flag of France Kurt Zouma
CB 2 Germany Antonio Rüdiger Yellow card 75' Sub off 78'
RM 24England Reece James
CM 5 Flag of Italy Jorginho
CM 17Croatia Mateo Kovačić Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 14', 73'
LM 3 Flag of Spain Marcos Alonso
RW 19England Mason Mount Yellow card 45+4' Sub off 78'
CF 18Flag of France Olivier Giroud Sub off 78'
LW 22Flag of the United States Christian Pulisic Sub off 49'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Flag of Spain Kepa Arrizabalaga
DF 4 Flag of Denmark Andreas Christensen Sub on 35'
DF 29England Fikayo Tomori
DF 33Flag of Italy Emerson Palmieri
MF 7 Flag of France N'Golo Kanté
MF 8 England Ross Barkley Yellow card 89' Sub on 78'
MF 20England Callum Hudson-Odoi Sub on 78'
FW 9 England Tammy Abraham Sub on 78'
FW 11Flag of Spain Pedro Sub on 49'
Manager:
England Frank Lampard

Man of the Match:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Assistant referees:
Gary Beswick (Durham)
Adam Nunn (Wiltshire)
Fourth official:
Chris Kavanagh (Manchester)
Reserve assistant referee:
Lee Betts (Norfolk)
Video assistant referee:
Stuart Attwell (Birmingham)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Stephen Child (London)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Nine named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions, with a sixth allowed in extra time

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