Chelsea hang on to beat Liverpool 2-1 in the English FA Cup final as John Terry becomes the first captain to lift the trophy four times and match winner Didier Drogba the first to score in four finals.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 6, 2012) (PITCH )- SChelsea survived a late Liverpool fightback to win the FA Cup final 2-1 on Saturday (May 5) and lift the trophy for the fourth time in six seasons thanks to goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba.
Chelsea dominated the first half and led through an 11th-minute goal by Ramires.
The London club took the early advantage when they pounced on a mistake by Liverpool's Jay Spearing who lost possession in midfield to Juan Mata.
He played in Ramires and the Brazilian held off a weak challenge from Jose Enrique before firing low and hard at Pepe Reina.
The Spaniard, who has had a mixed season in the Liverpool goal, compounded Spearing's mistake and Enrique's ineffective challenge with one of his own as the ball bounced off his arm and into the net.
Drogba's crisp low shot in the 52nd minute put Chelsea in total control of the match until substitute Andy Carroll brought Liverpool back into contention with a powerful drive past Chelsea golakeeper Peter Cech in the 64th minute.
Liverpool, inspired by the goal, then took a grip of the game as Chelsea's attacks evaporated. Carroll almost equalised with a powerful header in the 82nd minute. Chelsea keeper Cech clawed the ball out just before it crossed the line, pushing it on to the crossbar.
It was another triumph for Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo who took over in March following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas and has also led his side to the Champions League
Drogba became the first player in the 141-year history of the FA Cup to score in four finals and John Terry also added his name to the competition's rich folklore when he became the first player to captain four final-winning teams.