2007 Football League Cup Final

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2007 Football League Cup Final
Chelsea Vs Arsenal - Carling Cup Final 25 Feb 2007.jpg
Event 2006–07 Football League Cup
Date 25 February 2007
Venue Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Man of the Match Didier Drogba (Chelsea)[1]
Referee Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)
Attendance 70,073
Weather Mostly cloudy
8 °C (46 °F)[2]

The 2007 Football League Cup Final was played on Sunday, 25 February 2007 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.[3] It was contested between Arsenal and Chelsea, making it the first all-London final in the competition's history; the two sides had previously met in Cardiff for the 2002 FA Cup Final. The game ended 2–1, with Chelsea winning.[3] Theo Walcott scored the opening goal, his first for Arsenal,[3] while Didier Drogba scored both of Chelsea's goals to seal his side's victory.[3] Drogba's goals were his 27th and 28th of that season, a record for him in English football.

Road to Cardiff[edit]


Due to train delays caused by a "major signal failure", about 2,000 fans were late for the kick off of the match.[5] This led to many fans asking for the game to be delayed.[6] Network Rail later apologised for the delay.[7]

Match incidents[edit]

A record seven minutes of stoppage time were added to the match due to the injury suffered by Chelsea captain John Terry when he was kicked in the face by Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby in the second half.[3] Terry attempted a diving header and Diaby, in an attempt to clear, ended up kicking Terry and knocking him out. Terry was immediately stretchered off and taken to the hospital, but later discharged himself and returned to the stadium to celebrate with his teammates.[8] Stoppage time was extended by an extra five minutes following a fracas that resulted in Arsenal captain Kolo Touré and striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel being sent off for violent conduct and Frank Lampard and Cesc Fàbregas shown yellow cards for unsporting behaviour.[3] The full-time whistle eventually blew in the 103rd minute of play.

After the initial bookings of Touré and Mikel, referee Howard Webb consulted with an assistant referee, and Adebayor was sent off, allegedly over striking Wayne Bridge. Adebayor was irate and had to be calmed down as he was escorted off the field by fellow striker Thierry Henry, who was not chosen for the match because he had not participated in the League Cup run. After the game, Bridge told reporters that he had been punched by Emmanuel Eboué – not Adebayor, whom he suspected to be a victim of mistaken identity.[9] The next day Arsenal and Chelsea submitted claims for wrongful dismissal of Adebayor and Mikel, respectively, to the FA.[10] The FA denied both appeals, also stating that Adebayor's claim "was not a claim for mistaken identity."[11] The FA statement charged Arsenal and Chelsea misconduct concerning their inability to control their players.[12] As a result Eboué was charged with violent conduct for striking Bridge; Adebayor was charged for his behaviour after being sent off.[12] The recipients of these charges may have their case heard by a Disciplinary Commission.

Terry's injury and Touré's sending off meant that neither side's captain finished the game. After each player had left the field the captains' armbands were given to Lampard and Fàbregas respectively.

It was the last League Cup final to be played in Cardiff, before the opening of the new Wembley Stadium (the final's traditional venue). It was also the only League Cup Final to be played at the Millennium Stadium with the roof open.

The match was also interrupted by incidents of Chelsea fans throwing celery in the direction of the Arsenal players.[13] Throwing celery on the pitch is a club tradition among Chelsea supporters. The violence and sendings off on the pitch led to some media outlets dubbing the match as the "Snarling Cup Final".[14]

Match details[edit]

25 February 2007
Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal
Drogba Goal 20'84' (Report) Walcott Goal 12'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 70,073
Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 19 Lassana Diarra Booked 52'
CB 26 John Terry (c) Substituted off 63'
CB 6 Ricardo Carvalho Booked 49'
LB 18 Wayne Bridge
DM 4 Claude Makélélé Substituted off 45'
CM 8 Frank Lampard Booked 90+6'
CM 13 Michael Ballack
CM 5 Michael Essien Booked 36'
CF 7 Andriy Shevchenko Substituted off 90+9'
CF 11 Didier Drogba
GK 40 Henrique Hilário
DF 3 Ashley Cole
MF 12 Mikel John Obi Red card 90+6' Substituted in 63'
MF 16 Arjen Robben Substituted in 45'
FW 21 Salomon Kalou Substituted in 90+9'
José Mourinho
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GK 24 Manuel Almunia
RB 31 Justin Hoyte
CB 5 Kolo Touré (c) Red card 90+6'
CB 6 Philippe Senderos
LB 45 Armand Traoré Substituted off 66'
RM 32 Theo Walcott
CM 4 Cesc Fàbregas Booked 90+6'
CM 15 Denílson Booked 29'
LM 2 Abou Diaby Substituted off 68'
CF 30 Jérémie Aliadière Substituted off 80'
CF 9 Júlio Baptista
GK 21 Mart Poom
DF 20 Johan Djourou
DF 27 Emmanuel Eboué Booked 88' Substituted in 66'
MF 13 Alexander Hleb Substituted in 68'
FW 25 Emmanuel Adebayor Red card 90+6' Substituted in 80'
Arsène Wenger
Man of the match
Match rules
  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions


Chelsea celebrate their victory
Chelsea Arsenal
Total shots 10 16
Shots on target 7 10
Ball possession 50% 50%
Corner kicks 2 6
Fouls committed 15 13
Offsides 9 1
Yellow cards 4 3
Red cards 1 2

Source: ESPN[15]


  1. ^ a b "Alan Hardaker Trophy Winners". The Football League. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/EGFF/2007/2/25/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  3. ^ a b c d e f Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  4. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round
  5. ^ Train problems hold up 2,000 fans BBC News. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  6. ^ Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal – PRE-MATCH BUILD-UP BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  7. ^ Apology for football fans' delays BBC News. Retrieved 26 February 2007
  8. ^ Terry recovers after head injury BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  9. ^ Lampard: I Showed Restraint football365.com. Retrieved 26 February 2007
  10. ^ Wrongful dismissal claims The Football Association. Retrieved 26 February 2007
  11. ^ Claims rejected The Football Association. Retrieved 27 February 2007
  12. ^ a b FA Statement The Football Association. Retrieved 27 February 2007
  13. ^ Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal – Photos BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2007
  14. ^ Stanton, Chris (28 February 2007). "Blackburn v Arsenal preview". Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 February 2007. 
  15. ^ "Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal: Drogba double stuns Gunners". ESPNsoccernet (ESPN Inc.). 25 February 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2012.