Chelsea break Pompey hearts and get their hands on the FA Cup again
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Wembley
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti created history as Didier Drogba's second-half winner sank Portsmouth and sealed the London club's first Premier League and FA Cup double.
Drogba's precise free-kick just before the hour mark was the decisive moment of an incident-packed FA Cup final in which Chelsea hit the woodwork five times in the first half and both sides also missed from the penalty spot.
Chelsea - who become only the seventh club to win the coveted domestic Double - were again grateful to the prolific Drogba, who kept up his remarkable record of scoring in each of his six games at Wembley with his 37th goal of the season.
He scored only minutes after Pompey's Kevin-Prince Boateng saw his half-hit penalty saved by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech - and in that moment Pompey's chances of repeating their victory of two years ago effectively disappeared.
Chelsea were even able to survive a rare penalty miss by Frank Lampard in the closing minutes when he shot wide from the spot after he had been brought down by Michael Brown.
The margin of victory belied Chelsea's superiority, especially in a remarkable first half when Lampard, John Terry, Salomon Kalou and Drogba, on two occasions, all struck the frame of the goal.
Portsmouth bravely held on but wasted their own big chances in the shape of Boateng's penalty miss and a Frederic Piquionne effort from six yards that was scrambled away by Cech before the break.
It is a victory that caps a remarkable campaign for Ancelotti - and there was a personal honour for defender Ashley Cole, who became the most decorated player in FA Cup history by picking up his sixth winner's medal.
Pompey battled with the resolve that has taken them to Wembley against a background of financial meltdown and relegation to the Championship under manager Avram Grant.
But Chelsea had the extra weaponry when it mattered to deprive the Fratton Park club of any consolation at the end of a troubled campaign.
And Ancelotti, the modest and dignified Italian, took another step towards banishing the ghost of Jose Mourinho from Stamford Bridge by writing a new chapter in the club's record books.
Lampard was first to feel the woodwork frustration when, after shooting inches wide, he glanced the outside of the post with a swerving effort from 20 yards that left James helpless.
Pompey had performed with great heart throughout a Cup run that had salvaged something from the wreckage of their season and they should have gone ahead after 21 minutes.
Boateng volleyed Aruna Dindane's cross into the six-yard area and Piqiuonne's instinctive finish was met with equally sharp reflexes from Cech, who clawed away the ball.
The rest of the opening period was a tale of sustained Chelsea pressure, with Pompey hanging on via a mixture of brave defence and outrageous good fortune.
Kalou was guilty of a dreadful miss after 26 minutes, hitting the bar from almost on the line after Cole delivered a cross that seemed impossible to miss.
Chelsea captain Terry rose in towering fashion to head Florent Malouda's free-kick against the bar before Drogba then thought he had finally given Chelsea the lead.
The Ivorian's 30-yard free-kick took Portsmouth by surprise but James - the oldest goalkeeper to play in an FA Cup final at 39 years and 287 days - reacted to turn it on to the bar and down on to the goalline. The officials remained unmoved as Chelsea appealed for a goal but replays showed the ball did not fully cross the line.
There was still time for Drogba to hit the post again, this time from an acute angle, as Portsmouth somehow remained on terms at the interval.
And their spirits soared after 54 minutes when Juliano Belletti, on as a first-half substitute for Michael Ballack, who suffered an ankle injury, brought down Boateng as he raced into the area.
Referee Chris Foy had an easy decision to point to the spot - but Cech's save was just as easy from Boateng's woeful penalty.
And the dire consequences of the miss were emphasised five minutes later when Drogba ended the charmed life the Pompey goal had led. The positioning of keeper James may be questioned but Drogba's placement was perfect, scoring low in the corner via the upright.
Kalou then dragged a finish wide from a good position, his final contribution as he was replaced by Joe Cole with 20 minutes left. Cole received a huge ovation from the Chelsea fans amid growing speculation this could be his final game for the club before quitting on a free transfer.
And he almost scored with his first touch after Drogba saw his shot saved by James at the near post. Drogba then teed up Cole - but he miscued his effort and the chance was gone.
Chelsea were given the opportunity to give the scoreline a more convincing appearance when Lampard was fouled inside the area by Brown but he contributed to the seemingly endless drama by kicking wide.
Pompey, however, were unable to profit from the reprieve and Chelsea added the FA Cup to the Premier League crown they clinched last Sunday.
90:00+3:06 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+2:14 Michael Brown fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David James.
90:00+1:47 Short corner taken by Florent Malouda.
90:00+1:34 Booking The referee cautions Ricardo Rocha for dissent.
90:00+1:15 Booking Jamie O'Hara is given a yellow card.
89:48 Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
89:48 Substitution Daniel Sturridge on for Nicolas Anelka.
89:48 Nwankwo Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juliano Belletti.
89:06 Shot from just outside the box by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the target.
88:25 Nicolas Anelka fouled by Steve Finnan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
87:03 Placed penalty missed by Frank Lampard.
87:03 Michael Brown gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard.
85:38 Centre by Nadir Belhadj.
84:33 Frederic Piquionne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. John Terry takes the free kick.
81:49 Jamie O'Hara takes the inswinging corner, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.
81:33 Centre by Nadir Belhadj, John Terry gets a block in.
80:19 Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
80:19 Substitution Nadir Belhadj joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hayden Mullins.
80:19 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Nwankwo Kanu coming on for Papa Bouba Diop.
80:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Papa Bouba Diop by Didier Drogba.
79:32 Joe Cole delivers the ball, save made by David James.
79:05 Branislav Ivanovic challenges John Utaka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
77:12 Shot from deep inside the area by Frank Lampard clears the bar.
74:24 Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
72:52 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with John Utaka coming on for Kevin-Prince Boateng.
71:07 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by David James. Shot from just outside the box by Juliano Belletti goes over the crossbar.
70:04 Substitution Joe Cole on for Salomon Kalou.
69:53 Florent Malouda produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
68:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by Alex. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
67:22 Foul by Ashley Cole on Papa Bouba Diop, free kick awarded. David James takes the direct free kick.
67:09 Salomon Kalou delivers the ball.
65:52 The ball is swung over by Aruna Dindane, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
65:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane by John Terry. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
64:08 Foul by Florent Malouda on Papa Bouba Diop, free kick awarded. David James restarts play with the free kick.
63:39 Foul by Aruna Dindane on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Juliano Belletti.
62:06 Salomon Kalou produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
59:22 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Papa Bouba Diop. David James takes the free kick.
58:12 GOAL - Didier Drogba:Chelsea 1 - 0 Portsmouth Free kick scored by Didier Drogba from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth.
57:00 Foul by Aaron Mokoena on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded.
55:59 Michael Brown takes a inswinging corner.
55:47 A save by Petr Cech from penalty by Kevin-Prince Boateng. Chelsea 0-0 Portsmouth.
54:51 Aruna Dindane fouled by Juliano Belletti, the ref awards a Penalty.
53:24 Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Piquionne. Free kick taken by Frederic Piquionne.
52:39 Foul by Didier Drogba on Papa Bouba Diop, free kick awarded. Michael Brown restarts play with the free kick.
51:49 The ball is swung over by Aruna Dindane, save by Petr Cech.
50:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frederic Piquionne by John Terry. The ball is crossed by Jamie O'Hara, Effort
on goal by Kevin-Prince Boateng from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
46:04 Foul by Salomon Kalou on Michael Brown, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from
left wing, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
45:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins by Didier Drogba. Kevin-Prince Boateng takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+3:01 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+1:56 The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide
of the right-hand upright.
45:00+0:54 Didier Drogba takes a short corner.
45:00+0:41 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Mokoena.
45:00+0:35 The offside flag is raised against Branislav Ivanovic. David James takes the free kick.
44:46 Effort from 6 yards by Salomon Kalou.
44:35 Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, clearance by Aaron Mokoena.
43:08 Substitution Juliano Belletti replaces Michael Ballack.
42:26 The referee blows for offside against Kevin-Prince Boateng. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
41:06 The ball is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba takes a shot from close range that bounces off the post.
38:22 Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Brown.
35:19 Strike comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, David James makes a save.
35:19 Booking Kevin-Prince Boateng receives a caution.
34:37 Kevin-Prince Boateng challenges Michael Ballack unfairly and gives away a free kick.
33:08 Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Kevin-Prince Boateng results in a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free
31:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Ballack on Aruna Dindane. David James takes the free kick.
31:32 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, Frederic Piquionne manages to make a
31:18 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Mokoena.
28:36 Foul by Papa Bouba Diop on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, John Terry takes a
27:26 Effort from inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the right of the goal.
26:27 Salomon Kalou takes a shot.
24:06 Frederic Piquionne delivers the ball.
23:25 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
22:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng on Branislav Ivanovic. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
21:37 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
20:35 Ashley Cole fouled by Aruna Dindane, the ref awards a free kick. Florent Malouda restarts play with the free kick.
20:00 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
19:17 Jamie O'Hara challenges Michael Ballack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
17:37 Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Michael Brown.
17:31 Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross, Aaron Mokoena makes a clearance.
16:03 Handball by Papa Bouba Diop. Shot on goal comes in from Alex from the free kick.
14:49 Frank Lampard concedes a free kick for a foul on Aruna Dindane. David James takes the direct free kick.
14:16 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line played to the near post, Frederic Piquionne manages to make
14:05 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by David James.
13:06 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from a long way out hitting the post.
12:14 Frank Lampard fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick. John Terry takes the free kick.
10:17 Papa Bouba Diop challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard
from the free kick.
8:04 Jamie O'Hara sends in a cross.
5:43 The ball is sent over by Nicolas Anelka, Hayden Mullins makes a clearance.
4:44 Salomon Kalou produces a cross, Aaron Mokoena makes a clearance.
3:26 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
2:19 The referee blows for offside against Frederic Piquionne. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
0:00 The match begins.
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