2020 FA Cup Final
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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)
Aubameyang Goal 28' (pen.)67' Report Pulisic Goal 5'
Arsenal
Chelsea
GK 26 Flag of Argentina Emiliano Martínez
CB 16 Flag of England Rob Holding
CB 23 Flag of Brazil David Luiz Substituted off in the 88th minute 88'
CB 3 Flag of Scotland Kieran Tierney Substituted off in the 90+13th minute 90+13'
RM 2 Flag of Spain Héctor Bellerín
CM 8 Flag of Spain Dani Ceballos Booked in the 73rd minute 73'
CM 34 Flag of Switzerland Granit Xhaka
LM 15 Flag of England Ainsley Maitland-Niles
RW 19 Flag of Ivory Coast Nicolas Pépé
CF 9 Flag of France Alexandre Lacazette Substituted off in the 82nd minute 82'
LW 14 Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c)
Substitutes:
GK 33 Flag of England Matt Macey
DF 5 Flag of Greece Sokratis Substituted on in the 88th minute 88'
DF 31 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac Substituted on in the 90+13th minute 90+13'
MF 11 Flag of Uruguay Lucas Torreira
MF 28 Flag of England Joe Willock
MF 57 Flag of England Matt Smith
MF 77 Flag of England Bukayo Saka
FW 24 Flag of England Reiss Nelson
FW 30 Flag of England Eddie Nketiah Substituted on in the 82nd minute 82'
Manager:
Flag of Spain Mikel Arteta
GK 13 Flag of Argentina Willy Caballero
CB 28 Flag of Spain César Azpilicueta (c) Booked in the 26th minute 26' Substituted off in the 35th minute 35'
CB 15 Flag of France Kurt Zouma
CB 2 Flag of Germany Antonio Rüdiger Booked in the 75th minute 75' Substituted off in the 78th minute 78'
RM 24 Flag of England Reece James
CM 5 Flag of Italy Jorginho
CM 17 Flag of Croatia Mateo Kovačić Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 14', 73'
LM 3 Flag of Spain Marcos Alonso
RW 19 Flag of England Mason Mount Booked in the 45+4th minute 45+4' Substituted off in the 78th minute 78'
CF 18 Flag of France Olivier Giroud Substituted off in the 78th minute 78'
LW 22 Flag of United States Christian Pulisic Substituted off in the 49th minute 49'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Flag of Spain Kepa Arrizabalaga
DF 4 Flag of Denmark Andreas Christensen Substituted on in the 35th minute 35'
DF 29 Flag of England Fikayo Tomori
DF 33 Flag of Italy Emerson Palmieri
MF 7 Flag of France N'Golo Kanté
MF 8 Flag of England Ross Barkley Booked in the 89th minute 89' Substituted on in the 78th minute 78'
MF 20 Flag of England Callum Hudson-Odoi Substituted on in the 78th minute 78'
FW 9 Flag of England Tammy Abraham Substituted on in the 78th minute 78'
FW 11 Flag of Spain Pedro Substituted on in the 49th minute 49'
Manager:
Flag of 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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