FA Cup Final: Man for man marking

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Petr Cech 9/10

Almost nothing to do until beaten by Carroll's rising drive. Incredible reaction save on the line from Carroll to maintain the Blues' lead.

Branislav Ivanovic 6/10

Valuable block from Bellamy's goalbound volley in what looked likely to be an otherwise uneventful afternoon until Carroll's arrival.

Ashley Cole 6/10

Tied down by Bellamy in the early stages and suddenly found himself needing to defend as Liverpool upped their game after the interval.

Jose Bosingwa 5/10

Seen as the weak link in back four, but had few problems until he was finally caught in possession for Carroll's goal.

John Terry 6/10

Seldom under any pressure until the arrival of Carroll, who made him look leaden-footed with his turn and scoring shot.

Ramires 7/10

His run for the first goal recalled his sprint in Barcelona but this time the finish was all about power.

Frank Lampard 7/10

Kept the ball moving in midfield and provided the pass for Drogba's goal – and how many times has that been written over the years?

John Obi Mikel 6/10

Booked for a late challenge on Gerrard but, like most Chelsea players, had an easy first 60 minutes.

Juan Mata 8/10

Was able to find space at will and his pass provided the assist for Chelsea's opener. Made the game look easy.

Didier Drogba 8/10

Scored his customary FA Cup Final goal and made every forward pass look good with his determination to impose himself on Liverpool's central defenders.

Salomon Kalou 6/10

His pace and trickery kept Glen Johnson at full stretch and he almost broke through more than once.


Raul Meireles for Kalou, 77; Florent Malouda for Mata, 90.


Pepe Reina 5/10

Gambled on a shot across him but was beaten at his near post by Ramires' opener, then nearly made a hash of a straightforward cross.

Glen Johnson 5/10

Found Kalou a handful, but offered a brief flash of his attacking potential when his cross provided Liverpool's sole first-half chance.

Jose Enrique 5/10

Got it all wrong after 11 minutes, badly positioned and then outpaced by Ramires for Chelsea's goal. Improved after that

Daniel Agger 6/10

One front-to-back run almost brought much-needed spark to the Liverpool attack, but had his hands full with Drogba. Booked for a needless foul on Mikel in midfield

Martin Skrtel 5/10

Will see Drogba in his nightmares after an uncomfortable day. Nowhere near tight enough as the Ivorian drilled the second goal.

Steven Gerrard 6/10

Played too deep early on and struggled to make an impact. His first forward surge did not come until the 50th minute.

Jordan Henderson 4/10

Another disappointing performance. An anonymous first-half display apart from one header that almost created a chance for Suarez.

Stewart Downing 6/10

Had chances to run at the defence, but failed to deliver until catching Bosingwa in possession for Carroll's goal.

Jay Spearing 4/10

Holding midfield role but gave the ball away for the first goal and Chelsea had few problems passing the ball round him.

Luis Suarez 6/10

Wasted in an isolated role for the first 55 minutes until Carroll joined him and unable to turn and get at the defenders.

Craig Bellamy 6/10

Began on the right, covering Ashley Cole's runs instead of causing mischief in the Chelsea defence. Much more of a threat when given licence to roam.


Andy Carroll for Spearing, 54 – made immediate impact, turning Terry inside out and powering an angled shot past Cech into the roof of the net. Late header deserved a goal; Dirk Kuyt for Bellamy, 78.