2005 Football League Cup Final

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2005 Football League Cup Final
Event 2004–05 Football League Cup
Date 27 February 2005
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match John Terry (Chelsea)[1]
Referee Steve Bennett (Kent)
Attendance 78,000

The 2005 Football League Cup Final was played between Liverpool and Chelsea at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday, 27 February 2005. Chelsea won the match 3–2 after extra time. The two managers; José Mourinho of Chelsea and Rafael Benítez of Liverpool were both in their debut seasons with their respective clubs. Both had also won the major European tournaments the season before; Mourinho won the UEFA Champions League with F.C. Porto and Benítez won the UEFA Cup with Valencia CF.

Liverpool opened the scoring with John Arne Riise scoring inside the first minute, a League Cup final record.[2] Chelsea retained much of the possession in the second half and eventually equalised after 80 minutes when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard headed a Paulo Ferreira free-kick into his own net.[3] José Mourinho was ordered to the stands after Chelsea's equaliser for making a gesture to the Liverpool fans of a finger to the lips. Despite the incident, Chelsea continued their dominance into extra time and a goal each from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kežman gave them a 3–1 lead. A minute later Antonio Núñez of Liverpool scored a header – his only ever goal in his one-season spell at Liverpool – but the score remained at 3–2 to Chelsea.

Road to Cardiff[edit]

Match details[edit]

27 February 2005
Liverpool 2–3
Riise Goal 1'
Núñez Goal 113'
Report Gerrard Goal 79' (o.g.)
Drogba Goal 107'
Kežman Goal 112'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 78,000
Referee: Steve Bennett (Kent)
GK 1 Poland Jerzy Dudek
RB 3 Republic of Ireland Steve Finnan
CB 23 England Jamie Carragher Booked 117'
CB 4 Finland Sami Hyypiä Booked 13'
LB 26 Mali Djimi Traoré Booked 35' Substituted off 67'
RM 10 Spain Luis García
CM 8 England Steven Gerrard (c)
CM 16 Germany Dietmar Hamann Booked 79'
LM 6 Norway John Arne Riise
SS 7 Australia Harry Kewell Substituted off 56'
CF 19 Spain Fernando Morientes Substituted off 74'
GK 20 England Scott Carson
DF 12 Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino
DF 25 Croatia Igor Bišćan Substituted in 67'
MF 18 Spain Antonio Núñez Substituted in 56'
FW 5 Czech Republic Milan Baroš Substituted in 74'
Spain Rafael Benítez
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GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 20 Portugal Paulo Ferreira
CB 6 Portugal Ricardo Carvalho
CB 26 England John Terry (c)
LB 13 France William Gallas Substituted off 74'
DM 4 France Claude Makélélé
CM 27 Czech Republic Jiří Jarošík Substituted off 45'
CM 8 England Frank Lampard Booked 27'
RW 10 England Joe Cole Substituted off 81'
LW 11 Republic of Ireland Damien Duff Booked 114'
CF 15 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba Booked 108'
GK 40 England Lenny Pidgeley
DF 2 England Glen Johnson Substituted in 81'
MF 30 Portugal Tiago
FW 22 Iceland Eiður Guðjohnsen Substituted in 45'
FW 9 Serbia and Montenegro Mateja Kežman Booked 81' Substituted in 74'
Portugal José Mourinho[5]

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Liverpool 2–3 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 27 February 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea claim English League Cup". CNN. 28 February 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round
  5. ^ "FOOTBALL: CARLING CUP FINAL: Mourinho's dismissal mars his first trophy". The Independent (UK). 28 February 2005. Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2007. 

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