Drogba strike spurs Chelsea

Londoners pip Portsmouth 1-0 to clinch FA Cup

Drogba strike spurs Chelsea

Chelsea’s John Terry (left) and Frank Lampard  celebrate their FA Cup final win on Saturday. Reuters

Didier Drogba got the winner with a 59th minute free-kick after they hit the woodwork five times in the first half and missed a late penalty. Portsmouth also missed a spot kick. The triumph gave the west London side successive FA Cup final victories after they beat Everton last season. Although the newly-crowned Premier League champions dominated relegated Port-smouth in the opening half, they were thwarted on five occasions when Drogba (twice), Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and John Terry all hit the bar or post.

The match turned Chelsea's way after Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng had a 56th minute penalty, awarded after Juliano Belletti brought down Aruna Dindane, saved by Petr Cech.  Drogba fired home a 25-metre free-kick three minutes later to score the all important goal. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Ashley Cole became the first player to collect six FA Cup winners' medals. Cole won his first winners' medal playing for Arsenal against Chelsea in 2002 and won further medals with Arsenal in 2003 and 2005. He has also now completed three wins with Chelsea after also featuring in the winning sides of 2007 and 2009. The 29-year-old had shared a record five FA Cup winners' medals with Arthur Kinnaird (The Wanderers and Old Etonians), Charles Wollaston (The Wanderers) and Jimmy Forrest (Blackburn Rovers).  Cole and Chelsea's France striker Nicolas Anelka have now also become the first players to win the English League and FA Cup Double with two different clubs. Anelka won with Arsenal as well in 1997-98.

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