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Live - Carling Cup final
Wembley, Sunday 24 Feb 2008



A security man guards the pitch before the start

Cardiff's Millennium Stadium gradually fills up prior to kick-off but many fans endure frustrating journeys after rail delays

Arsenal's Denilson and Chelsea's Michael Ballack contest possession

The battle of Arsenal's youth against Chelsea's experience gets underway and sees the younger players start better

Walcott beats Petr Cech to give Arsenal the lead

The Gunners take a 12th-minute lead when Theo Walcott beats Petr Cech after exchanging passes with Abou Diaby

Drogba celebrates with Andriy Shevchenko and Frank Lampard

Chelsea equalise eight minutes later when Michael Ballack finds Didier Drogba who beats the offside trap to score

Cesc Fabregas throws a stick of celery back towards the crowd after it narrowly misses him

A fine game is interrupted by some Chelsea fans who opt to throw celery at Arsenal players as they take corners

Jeremie Aliadiere leaves John Terry in his wake

With the interval looming, Jeremie Aliadiere breaks menacingly but he takes too long to shoot and the Blues clear

Diaby kicks Terry in the face

Disaster strikes for John Terry in the 56th minute - Diaby's attempted corner clearance accidentally hits him in the face

Terry receives treatment in the six-yard box

He receives emergency treatment and is stretchered from the field wearing a neck brace and oxygen mask

Drogba celebrates his second goal

Chelsea respond well and see Frank Lampard hit the bar before Drogba heads a second six minutes from time

Players from both sides scrap with each other as the match ends on a sour note

With the game in injury time, a mass brawl erupts and Mikel Jon Obi, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor are all sent off

Frank Lampard, deputising for John Terry, holds the Carling Cup aloft for Chelsea

The nine men of Arsenal fail to find an equaliser and Chelsea are left to lift the cup for the second time in three years



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