Drogba lifts Chelsea to FA Cup glory

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/chelseafacup_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Didier Drogba scored in injury time to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over Man U in the FA Cup final at Wembley stadium on Saturday.

Updated: May 21, 2007 14:19 IST
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Didier Drogba scored in injury time to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the first FA Cup final to be played at the rebuilt Wembley stadium on Saturday.

The teams had drawn 0-0 in normal time and were four minutes away from a penalty shootout before Drogba exchanged passes with Frank Lampard on the edge of the area and shot past goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

The goal made Chelsea the first team since Liverpool in 2001 to win both FA Cup and League Cup in the same season and denied Premier League champion Manchester United a record fourth league and cup double.

Chelsea was the last team to win the FA Cup at Wembley before it was demolished - beating Aston Villa in the 2000 final - and is now the first to win at the new stadium.

Each team had brought on an extra striker in extra time in an effort to get a goal to avoid the anxiety of a penalty shootout.

Ryan Giggs thought he had scored in the 103rd minute when he slid in to connect with a cross by Wayne Rooney.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech got behind the ball but Giggs' momentum carried both the ball and Cech over the line. Referee Steve Bennett awarded neither a goal nor a foul.

United had enjoyed the greater possession throughout and looked the most likely side to win. However, in the 116th minute Kalou passed to Drogba about 25 metres from goal.

Drogba passed to Lampard on the right corner of the area, got a pass back immediately, and just got to the ball before Van der Sar to score.

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