FA Cup Final - 30th May 2009
Chelsea were the favourites to win the 2009 FA Cup Final against Everton but had to deal with the considerable shock of falling behind after just 25 seconds.
Ironically that goal was the fastest ever in FA Cup Finals, breaking the record of a Chelsea player Roberto Di Matteo.
Chelsea dealt with going behind calmly and methodically and refused to be unsettled from their game plan.
After 20 minutes of careful and patient probing we were level, Didier Drogba heading home a Florent Malouda cross. For Drogba it was his sixth goal in major cup finals, a club record.
Indeed, Malouda and Ashley Cole caused so much panic down our left flank that the Everton full-back was booked after just eight minutes and substituted at half-time rather than run the risk of being sent off.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, but it was not until the 72nd minute that we took the lead, Frank Lampard firing home from 20 yards. After that, we took complete control. Malouda’s long-range shot hit the crossbar and dropped over the line but was not given and Lampard was booked for diving when a penalty looked a fairer decision.
The final few minutes were safely negotiated and the final whistle signalled our fifth FA Cup triumph while Ashley Cole became the first player since the 19th century to collect five winners’ medals.
For interim manager Guus Hiddink, in his last game in charge, it was the perfect going-away present.