2006 FA Cup Final

2006 FA Cup Final

The 2006 FA Cup Final [cite news | last = Maddock| first = David| date = 2006-05-15| title = Cramp to Champ| publisher = "Daily Mirror"| url = http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/tm_objectid=17078682%26method=full%26siteid=94762%26headline=cramp%2dto%2dchamp-name_page.html| accessdate = 2008-03-24] was the final and deciding match of the FA Cup 2005-06. It took place on Saturday, 13 May 2006 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and saw the 2001 cup winners Liverpool beat London club West Ham United after a penalty shoot-out. [cite news |title=Final recalls Cup's magic days |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/4769009.stm |publisher=BBC Sport |accessdate=2007-05-25 | date=2006-05-13|first=Jonathan|last=Stevenson|accessdate=2008-03-24] West Ham were ahead 2-1 and then 3-2 but Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored a goal in the last minute from 30-yards + to take the game to extra-time and they eventually triumphed on penalties.

Liverpool had won the FA Cup on six previous occasions (1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992 and 2001) - four of those coming since West Ham last won the trophy. As well as 1980, West Ham also won the Cup in 1964 and 1975. "The Hammers" took part in the first FA Cup final to be played at the newly-built Wembley Stadium in 1923. Coincidentally, Liverpool played in the first FA Cup final in Cardiff, which was in 2001. The newly-rebuilt Wembley Stadium was expected to be ready for this final, but delays in building meant that the final would take place in Cardiff, as it had done throughout Wembley's period of rebuilding.

In the Premier League in 2005-06, Liverpool finished third and West Ham came ninth. Liverpool won both league meetings; 2–0 at home on 29 October 2005 and 2–1 away on 26 April2006.



The game was originally planned to be played on 20 May. However, England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson wanted a four-week break before the 2006 FIFA World Cup so that if any England players were involved (Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Peter Crouch all later made his squad) could get a decent rest before the tournament. [cite news |title=FA brings 2006 Cup final forward | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/4316423.stm | publisher= BBC Sport | date=2006-03-03|accessdate=2008-03-24]

Staffordshire referee Alan Wiley officiated the match. Mike Dean from the Wirral had originally been appointed, but questions as to his impartiality were raised due to his residential proximity to Liverpool.

Ticketing problems

In the week before the Final, there was a major crisis when a block of 1,600 tickets in the Liverpool supporters' seating area was stolen in the postal system. [cite news|title=Warning after FA Cup ticket theft|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4982170.stm |publisher= BBC News| date= 2006-05-07|accessdate=2008-03-24] The stadium authorities refused to reissue the tickets on crowd safety grounds, and threatened to eject anyone found sitting in the block from the stadium and possibly prosecute them for receiving stolen goods. [cite news|title=Stolen Cup tickets 'not replaced' |url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4758585.stm |publisher= BBC News|date= 2006-05-10|accessdate=2008-03-25] Liverpool F.C. arranged for most of the affected fans to receive tickets from an allocation that had been held back for a lottery among their supporters. The day after the final, South Wales Police seized 100 stolen tickets. Three people were also arrested after 15 forged tickets were also found ahead of the match. [cite news|title=100 stolen FA Cup tickets seized|date=2006-05-14| url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/4769641.stm |publisher= BBC News| accessdate=2008-03-24]

Team news



Before the match, uncertainties existed over the both teams' lineups - injuries had prevented West Ham striker Dean Ashton from playing for 12 days and Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso limped out of the club's final league match of the season. Both started, but there was no place for Hayden Mullins or Luis García, who were both sent off in the 26 April league match between the two clubs, and were suspended. Poor Hayden was hard done by...

West Ham took an early lead without having a shot on goal. Alonso gave away possession to Ashton, who passed to Lionel Scaloni, who had space on the right wing. His low, driven cross was clumsily dealt with by Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who bundled the ball past his keeper José Reina. 21 mins: 1–0 to West Ham.

Following some skilful dribbling, West Ham's Matthew Etherington unleashed a shot which Reina failed to hold properly. Dean Ashton raced in to tuck the loose ball beneath Reina's body, the ball trickled over the line. Two shots, two goals for West Ham. 28 mins: 2–0 to West Ham.

From a free kick taken on the wide right by Steven Gerrard, Liverpool's Peter Crouch had a close decision for offside go against him, and saw his scoring effort disallowed. A minute later, Liverpool captain Gerrard delivered a similar ball to Djibril Cissé who volleyed the ball past Shaka Hislop in the West Ham goal. 32 mins: 2–1 to West Ham. Curiously, this was only the second time Liverpool had scored in the first half of an FA Cup Final, after John Aldridge's goal against Everton in 1989.

Shortly after half-time, with the score at 2–1, Harry Kewell limped out of the game, just as he had in Liverpool's Champions League Final of 2005. Fernando Morientes replaced him.

Within ten minutes of the restart, Liverpool equalised through Gerrard. Crouch's knock-down is volleyed in by Gerrard from inside the penalty area. 54 mins: Liverpool 2, West Ham 2.

On 67 minutes, a frustrated Alonso was replaced by Jan Kromkamp.

In the middle of an attacking move, Paul Konchesky swung in a cross which none of his team mates could reach. It sailed over Reina into the Liverpool net to effect a stunning fluke. 64 mins: 3–2 to West Ham.

Despite trailing, Liverpool boss Rafael Benítez brought on midfielder Dietmar Hamann for striker Peter Crouch. West Ham, over the following 15 minutes, made their three permitted substitutions; Bobby Zamora on for Ashton, Christian Dailly on for Carl Fletcher, and Sheringham on for Etherington.

Wasting chances from Morientes and Gerrard, who was now suffering with cramp, Liverpool battled in vain until injury time, when Djibril Cisse pulled up with cramp. West Ham then had to put the ball out, in accordance with the spirit of the game. Liverpool successfully prevented the resulting throw in going out for a goal kick, so the ball was punted back into the midfield. After an unsuccessful ball into the penalty area, the ball found its way to Steven Gerrard. His spectacular first-time 35-yard strike flew past a bewildered Shaka Hislop and nestled in the bottom corner of the net. 90 mins: Liverpool 3, West Ham 3.

Extra-time passed without much incident, except for a succession of injuries, due to fatigue or cramp. Both sides were affected, notably West Ham's Marlon Harewood. With West Ham unable to substitute him, he required extensive treatment for a foot injury, and ended up hobbling around the pitch for the final minutes of extra-time.

The final dramatic twist came from a West Ham free kick in the final moments of extra-time. Flicked on by captain Nigel Reo-Coker, the ball looked destined to sneak in, but Reina dived to his left & clawed the ball onto the far post. Sami Hyypiä tried but failed to clear the ball from the Liverpool goal, and the ball fell to Harewood. Unfortunately for him, his close range volley span wide from his injured left foot.

Just as they did in their famous Champions League victory in Istanbul in 2005, Liverpool took the match to penalties after a 3–3 draw with Steven Gerrard striking another one in to have a dream final. Reina, who had been at fault for two of the West Ham goals, saved three penalties, his final save from Anton Ferdinand clinching the FA Cup for Liverpool for a seventh time.

Match details

15:00 BST
score=3 – 3 (a.e.t.)
(3 – 1 pen.)
team2=West Ham United
report= [http://www.fa-cupfinals.co.uk/2006.htm (Report)]
goals1=Cissé goal|34
Gerrard goal|54 goal|90+1
goals2=Carragher goal|21|o.g.
Ashton goal|28
Konchesky goal|63
stadium=Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
referee=Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

Hamann pengoal

Hyypiä penmiss|saved

Gerrard pengoal

Riise pengoal
penaltyscore=3 – 1
penalties2=penmiss|saved Zamora
pengoal Sheringham
penmiss|saved Konchesky
penmiss|saved Ferdinand

Road to Cardiff

* Both clubs received a bye to round three.
* In square brackets is a letter that represents the opposition's division
** [C] = Championship
** [P] = Premier League

ee also

*FA Cup 2005-06 for more details leading up to this final.
*FA Cup Final for a list of previous FA Cup Final results.


External links

* [http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=484894 Game facts] at soccerbase.com
* [http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/TheFACup/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2006/05/FACF06_MatchReport.htm The FA Match Report]
* [http://www.lfchistory.net/viewgame.asp?game_id=4990 LFC History Match Report]

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