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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 May, 2005, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
Clockwatch: 2005 FA Cup final
Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United
(Arsenal win penalty shoot-out 5-4)


Goalflashes and major incidents as they happened:

Arsenal win the 2005 FA Cup after a dramatic final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

Manchester United dominated the 120 minutes but failed to take their chances and the game was decided by a penalty shoot-out for the first time in the Cup's history.

1749: PENALTIES Arsenal win the shoot-out 5-4:

4-5 - Roy Carroll guesses the right way but cannot keep out Patrick Vieira's effort, which finds the corner of the net to secure victory for Arsenal.

4-4 - Skipper Roy Keane sends Jens Lehmann the wrong way with a right-foot finish into the corner to keep United alive.

4-3 - Ashley Cole sidefoots into the top corner with Roy Carroll stationary.

3-3 - Wayne Rooney blasts his effort into the top corner, with Jens Lehmann diving the wrong way.

2-3 - A confident penalty from Robin van Persie, powerfully finding the top corner with his left foot.

2-2 - Cristiano Ronaldo shimmies during his run-up and sends Jens Lehmann the wrong way with a placed finish.

1-2 - Fredrik Ljungberg remains calm under pressure, waiting for Roy Carroll to move before chipping down the middle of the goal.

1-1 - Paul Scholes drills his penalty towards the corner but Jens Lehmann dives to his right and saves well.

1-1 - Lauren's calm sidefooted finish goes into the top corner after sending Roy Carroll the wrong way.

1-0 - Ruud van Nistelrooy takes a short run-up and sends Jens Lehmann the wrong way.


1734: END OF EXTRA-TIME After 120 minutes of goalless play the FA Cup final will be decided by penalties for the first time in its history.

1733: SENDING OFF There are only two minutes of stoppage time but there is time for some late drama as Jose Reyes is dismissed for a second booking for bringing down Cristiano Ronaldo.

1731: Wayne Rooney is announced as the man-of-the-match.

1729: YELLOW CARD Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira is booked for a weary tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo.

1728: Manchester United sub keeper Tim Howard is warming up with talk he could be brought on for the penalties.

1727: Arsenal get a free-kick from a dangerous position on the left wing. Robin van Persie's set piece finds its way to Fredrik Ljungberg but he cannot keep his shot down.

1725: The game threatens to boil over for the first time as Fredrik Ljungberg goes down after colliding with Quinton Fortune, who then goes in hard on Gilberto. But Rob Styles is again well placed and quickly calms things down.

1723: YELLOW CARD Paul Scholes goes into the book for a late foul on Jose Reyes.

1716: The second half starts and United are immediately on the attack, but when Ryan Giggs crosses for Ruud van Nistelrooy the Dutchman opts to try and backheel the ball home and the chance is gone.

1712: Arsenal make their last change with Brazilian midfielder Edu getting a run-out and a tired-looking Robert Pires leaving the field.

1711: United are back firmly in control and Ruud van Nistelrooy cannot believe it when he heads over unmarked from five yards out.

1710: Jens Lehmann pulls off another good stop to deny Paul Scholes, who turned well in the box to earn space.

1709: United have claims for a penalty when Ashley Cole blocks a cross with his body but Rob Styles, who has had a fine game in charge, is not interested.

1704: Arsenal enjoy a rare moment of sustained possession. It comes to an end when Mikael Silvestre fouls Robin van Persie from behind. The substitute brings out an outstanding save from Roy Carroll - his first of the game - from the free-kick.

1656: Manchester United look like they are going for broke as they bring on Ryan Giggs for Darren Fletcher for the extra-time period.


1654: END OF NORMAL TIMEA one-sided second half ends with still no goals. Manchester United have thrown everything at Arsenal but a mixture of the woodwork, poor finishing and Jens Lehmann have kept them at bay. Arsenal have been strangely subdued, but will things turn in extra-time?

1649: Cristiano Ronaldo is still full of running deep into stoppage time and his persistence earns Wayne Rooney a shot on goal, but his 35-yard effort just rises over the bar.

1648: There are three minutes of added on time as Arsenal continue to hang on by the skin of their teeth in a pulsating encounter.

1645: Arsenal get an amazing late let-off as Ruud van Nistelrooy looks certain to score with a header from just a few yards out. But Fredrik Ljungberg comes to the Gunners' rescue on the line by heading it against the bar and out to safety.

1643: Jens Lehmann comes out flapping for a corner, leaving Roy Keane unmarked at the back post. But the German keeper is saved by his defence who block away Keane's goalbound effort.

1635: Manchester United make their first change with Quinton Fortune coming on for John O'Shea.

1634: YELLOW CARD Jose Reyes needlessly gets booked for leaving his foot in after being outpaced by Mikael Silvestre.

1633: Fredrik Ljungberg makes an almost immediate impression for Arsenal, but when he gets behind the United defence skipper Roy Keane gets back well to snuff out the danger.

1627: Cristiano Ronaldo again gets the better of Lauren but his cross is just out of reach for Ruud van Nistelrooy.

1625: Wayne Rooney is denied the opening goal by the upright as he nearly catches out Jens Lehmann with a shot from a narrow angle, but his effort comes back off the post and Darren Fletcher thrashes the rebound well wide.

1624: Arsenal make the first change with the ineffectual Dennis Bergkamp going off and Fredrik Ljungberg coming on.

1623: Arsenal miss their best chance of the game when Robert Pires is left alone at the back post but he blasts his sidefooted-volley over the bar.

1622: The sun has come out in Cardiff and both sides are beginning to find more space in an entertaining encounter, but we await the opening goal still.

1620: YELLOW CARD Lauren is booked for bringing down Cristiano Ronaldo, who has given the right-back a tough afternoon so far. The Portuguese winger goes close from the free-kick but it just fails to dip enough to find the top corner.

1615: Arsenal fans answer with chants of "USA, USA" in reference to Malcolm Glazer's planned takeover of their rivals.

1613: Manchester United fans are in good voice as their team looks to press home their advantage. Arsenal have no answer to the holders' dominance and may need to make a change soon.

1611: Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is just wide with a shot from the corner of the box that Jens Lehmann can only watch go wide.

1609: United continue their first-half dominance and Arsenal are saved by some outstanding defender from Kolo Toure to cut out a chance after Ruud van Nistelrooy had played in Roy Keane.

1607: It takes just three minutes for Wayne Rooney to get another sight on goal, but his shot from the edge of the area is blocked away for a corner.

1604: The second half kicks off with no substitutions for either side.

1546: HALF-TIME The whistle goes to bring an end to the first half. United shaded the play but they go into the interval with the game still scoreless.

1546: Wayne Rooney shows strength and great close control to evade the challenges of Ashley Cole and Philippe Senderos. Arsenal have no option but to bring down the United forward. From the resulting free-kick Rooney fires well over.

1543: Ruud van Nistelrooy gets his first sight on goal as he turns Philippe Senderos but he scuffs his shot and Jens Lehmann saves comfortably.

1530: Wayne Rooney has come alive as he forces Jens Lehmann into another fine stop after good work from Ruud van Nistelrooy down the right. He is then close to scoring a wonder goal when he volleys just over from a Paul Scholes corner.

1527: Manchester United have the ball in the net when Jens Lehmann blocks Wayne Rooney's shot and Rio Ferdinand taps in the rebound. But Ferdinand is adjudged offside and the scoreline remains 0-0.

1523: Jose Reyes' free-kick just curls the wrong side of the near post, but more worryingly for United is that Roy Keane looks to have picked up a knock.

1521: YELLOW CARD The tackles are flying in now and Roy Keane and Mikael Silvestre both go in hard on Dennis Bergkamp. Keane looks to have picked up a slight knock in the challenge, but it is Silvestre who is cautioned.

1516: YELLOW CARD Ashley Cole is the first to go in the referee's notebook. Wayne Rooney just beats him to the ball and crashes to the ground under a challenge from his England team-mate. Rob Styles has no hesitation in taking Cole's name.

1515: Mikael Silvestre goes down clutching his face after challenging with Dennis Bergkamp for a high ball.

1512: After a tense opening the game has come alive. Robert Pires is finding space down the left and when Wes Brown is caught out of position the Frenchman gets in the box, but cannot find a team-mate.

1507: Arsenal respond with Jose Reyes beating Roy Carroll to a through ball. The keeper is left in no-man's land but Cesc Fabregas fails to control Reyes' deep cross and then Patrick Vieira shoots well over.

1505: Manchester United earn the first chance of the game when Cristiano Ronaldo dances past Lauren and crosses for Paul Scholes, but he heads over from a promising position.

1503: Manchester United dominate the early possession and Cristiano Ronaldo almost gets a run on goal but he is called back by an offside flag.

1500: KICK-OFF The game gets under way in Cardiff.

1457: Players from both sides exchange handshakes - whether it will be as friendly when the whistle goes is another matter.

1454: The rain is pouring down in Cardiff as the players prepare for kick-off, but the roof on the Millennium Stadium remains closed.

1452: The players line-up as the national anthem "God save the Queen" is sung in front of a packed house at the Millennium Stadium.

1451: The players emerge from the tunnel, with no repeat of the tunnel incident between Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane this time.

1448 BST: The traditional Cup final hymn "Abide with me" is sung on the Millennium Stadium pitch.


Team line-ups:

Arsenal: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Senderos, Cole, Fabregas, Vieira, Silva, Pires, Bergkamp, Reyes.
Subs: Almunia, Ljungberg, Van Persie, Edu, Campbell.

Man Utd: Carroll, Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O'Shea, Fletcher, Keane, Scholes, Ronaldo, van Nistelrooy, Rooney.
Subs: Howard, Gary Neville, Giggs, Smith, Fortune.




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