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Chelsea yesterday beat Everton to win the FA Cup for the fifth time.

Over 500 million people across the globe watched this match on TV - incredibly, that's more than watched the recent European Cup Final.

Everton made a blistering start in the blistering heat at Wembley - it was 107 degrees farenheit during the game.

They scored after just 25 seconds, the fastest goal ever in an FA Cup Final, beating the previous record of 30 seconds scored by Aston Villa's Bob Chatt against West Bromwich Albion in the 1895 final.

Coincidentally, Chelsea were involved in the third fastest FA Cup Final goal, when their Roberto Di Matteo scored after 42 seconds against Middlesbrough in 1997.

But after Everton went ahead, it was all Chelsea, with a header by Drogba and a rocket by Lampard sealing their victory, ending Everton's hopes of of winning the competition for the sixth time and the first time since 1995.

Incredibly, this was the first time since 1993 that both teams scored in the FA Cup Final.

It was a fairytale end to the temporary reign of Guus Hidd ink, who goes back to managing Russia.

Chelsea's Ashley Cole also became the first player in more than 100 years to win five FA Cup medals. The last time that was achieved was by Blacburn Rovers' Jimmy Forrest in 1891. It was also achieved by Arthur Kinnaird of Wanderers and Old Etonians in 1882, and by Charles Wollaston of Wanderers in 1878.


BBC Sport
Saturday 30th May 2009


Winning the FA Cup at a sweltering Wembley crowns Hidd ink's four-month spell in charge of Chelsea.

128th FA Cup Final

VS

Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Drogba 21..................Saha 1
Lampard 72

(At Wembley. Attendance: 89,391)

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien (Ballack 61), Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.
Subs Not Used: Hilario, Ivanovic, Di Santo, Kalou, Belletti, Mancienne.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert (Jacobsen 46), Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Osman (Gosling 82), Neville, Pienaar, Cahill, Fellaini, Saha (Vaughan 77).
Subs Not Used: Nash, Castillo, Rodwell, Baxter.


A stunning Frank Lampard strike ended Everton's resistance and ensured Chelsea's interim boss Guus Hidd ink brought the curtain down on his brief spell in English football by collecting the FA Cup.

The Toffees had made a dream start when Louis Saha put them ahead after just 25 seconds - the quickest goal in FA Cup Final history.


Kick-off: Everton started the game little knowing they would be ahead just 25 seconds later


Pushing forward: Everton attacked swiftly from their own half


Build-up: Everton played the ball forward hoping to attack down the Chelsea right


In space: Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa was caught out of position


Towering: Everton's Marouane Fellaini was able to nod down Steven Pienaar's cross


Thunder bolt: Louis Saha was first onto the ball and struck immediately


Beaten: Petr Cech dived despairingly as the ball bent into the net


Record breaker: After 24 seconds the ball was in the net and after 25 the referee was blowing for a goal



Wembley roar: The Everton fans nearly blew the roof off with their celebrations


FASTEST FA CUP FINAL GOALS

1) Louis Saha..... 25 secs
EVERTON vs Chelsea 2009

2) Bob Chatt.....30 secs
ASTON VILLA vs West Brom 1895

3) Roberto Di Matteo..... 42 secs
CHELSEA vs Middlesbrough 1997

4) Jackie Milburn.....45 secs
NEWCASTLE UNITED vs Manchester City 1955

But they can't beat this...

Jim Fryatt..... 5 secs
BRADFORD PARK AVENUE vs Tranmere Rovers in the league, 1964

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MOST FA CUP FINAL VICTORIES

Ashley Cole - Has just become the first player in more than 100 years to win five FA Cup medals.

The only previous players to achieve this feat were:

CHARLES WOLLASTON
(Wanderers, 1878 )

ARTHUR KINNAIRD
(Wanderers and Old Etonians, 1882)

JIMMY FORREST
(Blackburn Rovers, 1891)


But Chelsea came back strongly and equalised through Didier Drogba's header before Lampard fired home the winner from 25 yards with 18 minutes left.

The margin of victory should have been greater as TV replays showed that Florent Malouda's spectacular strike moments later had crossed the line after bouncing down off the bar, but referee Howard Webb did not give the goal.

In the end it made no difference to Chelsea, or Hidd ink, who deservedly has a trophy to show for the impressive work he has done at Stamford Bridge as he returns to his job with Russia.

Victory at a sweltering Wembley (107F!) brings to an end the Dutchman's brief love affair with the Blues, which began when he watched from the stands as they beat Watford in the fifth round on Valentine's Day.

And his side again demonstrated the patience and power he has instilled them as they fought back to overhaul a dogged Everton side that took the lead with a terrific early strike.

Steven Pienaar's cross was only half-cleared by Jon Mikel Obi and Marouane Fellaini headed down for Louis Saha to smash the ball past Petr Cech.

The goal clearly rattled Chelsea and their back-four looked nervous whenever the ball came near them immediately afterwards.

But the complexion of the game changed as soon as Hidd ink's side settled and began coming forward themselves, using the width offered by Nicolas Anelka and, in particular, Malouda on the left.

Everton right-back Tony Hibbert was given an early yellow card for clipping Malouda's heels, and he spent the rest of the half trying to keep up with the Frenchman, mostly unsuccessfully.

Hibbert was not the only player at fault - he should have received more support from Leon Osman on that flank - but the amount of space they were leaving invited trouble, and Chelsea took full advantage to equalise after 21 minutes.

Malouda, who was completely unmarked, ran on to Lampard's pass and, from his inviting cross, Drogba rose above Joleon Lescott to power home his header.


Winners are grinners: Chelsea captain John Terry lifts the FA Cup


By now, Hidd ink's side were completely on top, with the Toffees unable to keep hold of the ball, let alone use it constructively.

Everton did at least tighten up at the back, with the exception of the hapless Hibbert who was caught out time and time again before the break.

The closest Chelsea came to punishing him further came when a deflected pass span into Cole's path, but the England defender sliced his shot well wide.


Saha's opening goal, after 25 seconds, is the fastest in FA Cup final history


Unsurprisingly, Toffees boss David Moyes made changes at the break - hauling off Hibbert for Lars Jacobsen and moving Tim Cahill further forward in an attempt to wrestle back the initiative.

Even after his reshuffle, Chelsea were still enjoying the lions share of possession and Anelka should have done better when he lobbed over after running clear, but Everton did threaten too.

They showed their intent when from a short free-kick, Leighton Baines whipped the ball into the Chelsea area and Saha's header flew only inches over the bar.

Indeed, the game was still wide open until Lampard's goal on 72 minutes.

The England midfielder collected Michael Ballack's pass, turned inside Phil Neville, and, despite losing his footing, let fly with a tremendous strike that was still rising as it flew into the top corner.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard got a hand to the ball but could not stop it hitting the net - and from there, there was no way back for Everton.

Malouda could have sealed victory when Lampard slid him through but lashed the ball over, then was wrongly denied after his long-range shot hit the woodwork and bounced in.

But, despite that let-off, Everton could not find a response and Chelsea remained in control of the match in the closing stages to win the Cup for a fifth time.

Chelsea's future looks increasingly likely to be placed in the hands of AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti, but the 2009 FA Cup final will be remembered for how the Blues gave Hidd ink a fairytale finish.


Smurfs up: Everton fans outside Wembley Stadium before kick-off.


Sea of blue: Everton fans made their way down Wembley way as kick-off time got ever closer


Ready and waiting: A lone Chelsea fans sit in the stands of the national stadium waiting for 3pm


Fellows in yellow: Chelsea line up prior to kick-off. The temperature during the game was 107 degrees


On target: Louis Saha had the first chance of the game after just 25 seconds...


...and what do you know, Everton took an unexpected lead meaning Saha also became the fastest ever FA Cup final goal scorer


Not going to last: Didier Drogba's header in the 22nd minute put Chelse back on level pegging


Safe hands: Petr Cech denied Tim Cahill from netting Everton's second


Hustle and bustle: Phil Neville and Didier Drogba tangled themselves up before hitting the floor


Making a splash: Chelsea's John Obi Mikel (left) battles with Marouane Fellaini of Everton


Match-winner: Frank Lampard celebrates at Wembley


Crowd pleaser: Frank Lampard celebrates in front of the Chelsea supporters


Anguish: Everton's James Vaughan shows his disappointment


Silver lining: Guus Hidd ink celebrates FA Cup victory over Everton the end of his spell as Chelsea manager


Blue flag flying high: Chelsea fans celebrate at Wembley


Champage moment: Guus Hidd ink and Ashley Cole wipe the bubbly from their eyes

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Last edited by Blackleaf; May 31st, 2009 at 11:16 AM..