Saturday, 5 May 2012

FA Cup Final LIVE Commentary, EPL News and Analysis:

Today's EPL Result:

Arsenal 3 Norwich City 3

This was the only match of the day in the EPL, as 3rd placed Arsenal hosted Norwich City in an interesting battle between the top and mid-table.

Midfielder Yossi Benayoun broke the deadlock for the home side in the 2nd minute with a beautifully curled effort inside the box.

Perfect start: Yossi Benayoun's great curling strike gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead in the 2nd minute against Norwich.

Wes Hoolahan equalised for Norwich, ten minutes later to make it 1-1.

Equaliser: Hoolahan celebrates his equaliser against Arsenal in the 12th minute to give Norwich hope.

Top striker Grant Holt scored his 14th goal of the season after his effort deflected off full-back Kieran Gibbs and looped over goalkeeper Szczesny.

Lucky or what? Grant Holt scored his 14th goal of the season after a deflection off Kieran Gibbs.

Captain and striker Robin Van Persie made it 2-2 in the second half in the 72nd minute to give Arsenal a chance. 

Are you surprised? Robin Van Persie scores against Norwich to make it 2-2 at The Emirates.
RVP scored again, 8 minutes later to give Arsenal the lead again and complete a comeback.

It's that man again: Captain Robin Van Persie celebrates after scoring his 30th goal of the season.

But, Norwich striker Steve Morison stopped The Gunners from taking all three points with a late goal in the 85th minute to make it 3-3.

Late troubles: Steve Morison beats 'keeper Szczesny to make it 3-3 against Arsenal in the 85th minute.

This is how the match finished, in a surprising 6 goal thriller.
Arsenal move a point further away from 4th placed Tottenham and are only now 2 points ahead of them.
The Gunners will be disappointed that they conceded three goals, and could not finish the match off after they scored the first goal.

EPL News:


Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa says he will join Manchester United in the summer.
"May 12 will be my last game for Dortmund and then I will start a new chapter in Manchester United," Kagawa told TV Osaka.

So it's unofficially true: Manchester United are yet to confirm the news, that the £7million deal has gone through.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits that a summer spending spree and getting into the Champons League is vital if they are to keep top striker and captain Robin Van Persie.

Manchester City have reportedly given top target Lille winger Eden Hazard a tour of the property market in Manchester to try and tempt him to go to City, instead of rivals Manchester United.

Aston Villa supporters have put up more pressure on manager Alex McLeish by taking out an advert in a local newspaper and calling for him to be sacked from the club.

Chelsea have submitted a formal offer to purchase the site of Battersea power station, so that they can move venues, and improve their attendance figures with a new and imporved 60,000 seat stadium.
Takeover is imminent: Chelsea want to take over Battersea Power Station, and make it a new venue.

Chelsea defender John Terry has urged his Chelsea team-mates to beat Liverpool today and win the FA Cup final to help interim manager Roberto Di Matteo get the Chelsea manager job on a permanent basis.

FA Cup Final:

Chelsea vs Liverpool: LIVE at Wembley from 17:15pm

Team Line-ups:

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Cole, Terry, Ivanovic, Lampard, Mikel, Mata, Kalou, Ramires, Drogba.

Fernando Torres is only on the bench for Chelsea, and could feature against his old club Liverpool late today.

Liverpool: Reina, Skrtel, Johnson, Agger, Enrique, Downing, Gerrard, Spearing, Henderson, Bellamy, Suarez.

'£35million' striker Andy Carroll is on the bench for Liverpool.

Today's tickets are being sold for £10,000 online.

FACT: Chelsea have not beaten Liverpool since the 2nd of May 2010.

The referee blows his whistle to start this FA Cup final match from Wembley. The fans are going crazy and the atmosphere is electric here.

11: Nice through ball by winger Juan Mata towards midfielder Ramires who takes a powerful shot past Pepe Reina... GOAL!!! 1-0 to Chelsea, less than 15 minutes in.

Perfect start: Winger Ramires fires Chelsea ahead against Liverpool at Wembley in the 11th minute.

25: Liverpool trying to push for the equaliser here, but Chelsea are desperate to stay on top here.

29: Midfielder Frank Lampard takes a shot from 30 yards out... MISS!!! 

37: Fouls are flying in here. John Obi Mikel gets the first booking of the match after a late challenge on Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard.

41: Liverpool cross turned into the box to striker Luis Suarez who heads the ball wide from 12 yards out. Still 1-0 to Chelsea.

45: Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is given a yellow card after a tackle on Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. 

45+2: The referee blows the whislte for half-time here at Wembley. Chelsea lead thanks to a Ramires shot in the 11th minute. Liverpool have looked sloppy since and are down that they conceded so early on.

45: The referee blows the whistle to indicate the start of the second half here.

49: Chelsea corner taken by midfielder Frank Lampard into the box for captain John Terry who takes a shot from 12 yards out... OVER THE BAR!!

52: Frank Lampard with the ball at his feet, before passing the ball through to hitman Didier Drogba who shoots from 12 yards out... GOAL!!! 2-0 to Chelsea. It could be over now for Liverpool who have not given Petr Cech much to worry about.

2-0: Didier Drogba scores in the 52nd minute, to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead against Liverpool.

Wembley winner: Didier Drogba has scored in every match that he has played at Wembley.

55: Luis Suarez had a shot from 12 yards out blocked by goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Liverpool SUB:
Jay Spearing OFF
Andy Carroll ON 
The £35million man is on. Can he make an impact?!

64: Didier Drogba with a shot from 12 yards out... MISS!! 
He could have scored his second of the evening.

64: Liverpool cross by winger Stewart Downing into the box for striker Andy Carroll who heads the ball from 12 yards out... GOAL!!!!
Liverpool have some hope! 2-1, with 25 minutes to go.

73: Shots flying in, but all have been wide so far.
Striker Luis Suarez with a shot from 20 yards out... SAVED! TIPPED AROUND THE POST! by Petr Cech. Good goalkeeping there.

Chelsea SUB:
Ramires OFF 

Raul Meireles ON

82: A header by striker Andy Carroll from 6 yards out... FANTASTIC SAVE!! by Petr Cech. Still Chelsea hold on to the lead, but The Reds are looking for a late equaliser.

83: Yellow card given to LuisSuarez for dissent.

90+5: Full-time here at Wembley.
Chelsea fans go crazy! They have won the FA Cup final for the 4th time in the last 7 years!

Chelsea players lift Roberto Di Matteo in the air, after the interim manager wins the FA Cup final at Wembley today.
What a year: Chelsea defender John Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard lift the FA Cup trophy.