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Chelsea hang on to win FA Cup

Chelsea resisted a spirited fightback from Liverpool to win the FA Cup. Chelsea’s two goals from Drogba and Ramires secured the cup, despite substitute Andy Carroll pulling back one for Liverpool, and coming agonisingly close to finding the equaliser.

Carroll thought he had done just that when his header was clawed onto the bar by goalkeeper Petr Cech. Liverpool celebrated a goal, the officials decided the whole ball had not crossed the line.

For once, the Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was not in the mood to moan about the referee. "If the officials got it right they deserve credit," he said, lamenting that Liverpool had left it until the last half hour before they started playing.

Chelsea’s interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has now won a Cup Final and taken Chelsea to the Champions League final since taking over. "We played well for the majority of the game and scored two very nice goals, but it got a bit nervy towards the end," he said. "When Carroll came on he caused us some problems."

Carroll has had a miserable season, as have Liverpool, but has begun to find some form in recent weeks. He might have been aggrieved at being left out of Dalglish’s starting line-up, but looked fresh and positive when he came on.

His goal demonstrated some excellent footwork in the penalty area, and he set up opportunities for teammates before Cech’s remarkable save. With Carroll’s confidence boosted, Roy Hodgson might even think the striker is worth a place in the England squad for Euro 2012.

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