1998 Football League Cup Final

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1998 Football League Cup Final
Old Wembley Stadium (external view).jpg
Event1997–98 Football League Cup
After extra time
Date29 March 1998
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchDennis Wise (Chelsea)
RefereePeter Jones (Leicestershire)

The 1998 Football League Cup Final was a football match played between Chelsea and Middlesbrough on 29 March 1998 at Wembley Stadium. Chelsea, under new manager Gianluca Vialli, won with two extra time goals and won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup later that season. Middlesbrough's second consecutive defeat in the final was followed by promotion back to the Premier League after just one season.

Both teams were restricted to shots from distance. This all changed in extra time when Chelsea took control. Frank Sinclair, a villain in the 1994 FA Cup Final defeat when conceding a penalty and slipping to allow Mark Hughes to score, became the hero in this match. He started the move that ended with his header finding the corner of the Middlesbrough net to open the scoring. Chelsea's second goal came from Roberto Di Matteo. A corner played into the near post was not cleared by the Boro defence and Di Matteo was able to side foot the ball into the net on the half-volley. Di Matteo had come back to haunt Middlesbrough as he had scored the opening goal when the same sides met in the 1997 FA Cup Final the previous season. Once again Chelsea had won 2–0.

Road to Wembley[edit]



Round 3: Chelsea 1–1 Blackburn Rovers

(Chelsea won 4–1 on penalties)

Round 4: Chelsea 2–1 Southampton

Quarter-final: Ipswich Town 2–2 Chelsea

(Chelsea won 4–1 on penalties)

Semi-final, 1st leg: Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Chelsea 3–1 Arsenal


Round 2, 1st leg: Middlesbrough 1–0 Barnet

Round 2, 2nd leg: Barnet 0–2 Middlesbrough

Round 3: Middlesbrough 2–0 Sunderland


Round 4: Middlesbrough 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

Quarter-final: Reading 0–1 Middlesbrough


Semi-final, 1st leg: Liverpool 2–1 Middlesbrough

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Middlesbrough 2–0 Liverpool

Match facts[edit]

Sinclair Goal 95'
Di Matteo Goal 107'
Attendance: 77,698
GK 1 Netherlands Ed de Goey
RWB 2 Romania Dan Petrescu Substituted off 75'
CB 5 France Frank Leboeuf Yellow card
CB 12 England Michael Duberry
CB 20 Jamaica Frank Sinclair
LWB 14 England Graeme Le Saux Yellow card
CM 16 Italy Roberto Di Matteo
CM 11 England Dennis Wise (c) Yellow card
CM 24 England Eddie Newton
CF 25 Italy Gianfranco Zola
CF 10 Wales Mark Hughes Yellow card Substituted off 83'
GK 13 England Kevin Hitchcock
DF 6 Scotland Steve Clarke Substituted in 75'
FW 19 Norway Tore André Flo Substituted in 83'
Italy Gianluca Vialli
GK 1 Australia Mark Schwarzer
RB 2 Italy Gianluca Festa
CB 4 England Steve Vickers
CB 5 England Nigel Pearson (c)
LB 3 Slovakia Vladimír Kinder
RM 10 England Paul Merson
CM 6 England Robbie Mustoe
CM 7 England Neil Maddison Substituted off 102'
LM 11 England Andy Townsend Yellow card
CF 8 Colombia Hamilton Ricard Substituted off 65'
CF 9 Italy Marco Branca
DF 12 England Curtis Fleming
FW 13 Denmark Mikkel Beck Substituted in 102'
MF 14 England Paul Gascoigne Yellow card Substituted in 65'
England Bryan Robson