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Chelsea survive Everton scare to win F.A Cup

It was indeed a scary moment for the Blues as former Manchester United player, Louis Saha found the back of the net for the Merseysiders…

It was indeed a scary moment for the Blues as former Manchester United player, Louis Saha found the back of the net for the Merseysiders even as the contest was less than half a minute old.

The match, played in extremely hot conditions with the pitch-side thermometer showing 41 Celsius during the first half, saw Everton in a perfect start when Steven Pienaar’s cross from the left was weakly headed out by Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel straight to Marouane Fellaini, who nodded it back for Saha to crash it past keeper Petr Cech.

Chelsea, trailing for the fourth time in an FA Cup match this season, then began to dominate and their superiority paid off after 20 minutes when Florent Malouda, who was tormenting Everton right-back Tony Hibbert and having a superb match, provided the cross for Drogba to head past Tim Howard.

Frank Lampard scored the winner after 72 minutes when he curled the ball home from 20 metres.

Chelsea went close to a third six minutes later when Florent Malouda’s ferocious 30-metre shot hit the bar, bounced downwards and was cleared from the line.

Chelsea, by far the better team, deserved the victory which put England defender Ashley Cole in the record books as the first player since the 19th century to win five FA Cup winner’s medals. He has won three with Arsenal and two with Chelsea following their victory in 2007.

Meanwhile the goal scored by Louis Saha took the Wembley FA Cup final scoring record away from Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo who had scored the fastest Wembley FA Cup final goal after 41 seconds in 1997.