2008 Football League Cup Final

2008 Football League Cup Final
Event 2007–08 Football League Cup
After extra time
Date 24 February 2008
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham)[1]
Referee Mark Halsey (Lancashire)[2]
Attendance 87,660[3]
Weather Partly cloudy
13 °C (55 °F)[4]

The 2008 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 24 February 2008.[5] It was the first League Cup Final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, and the first to be played in England since the old Wembley was demolished in 2000. The defending champions were Chelsea, who beat Arsenal in the 2007 Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[6] The final was contested by Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Arsenal 6–2 on aggregate in the semi-final,[7] and Chelsea, who beat Everton 3–1 on aggregate.[8] Tottenham Hotspur defeated Chelsea 2–1, after extra time, winning their first trophy in nine years.

Chelsea took the lead in the 37th minute through a Didier Drogba free kick. This goal made Drogba the first player to score in three League Cup Finals, having also done so in 2005 and 2007. A Wayne Bridge handball gave Tottenham a 68th-minute penalty, and Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov converted from the spot. Three minutes into extra time, Jonathan Woodgate headed a Jermaine Jenas free kick onto Petr Čech, who in turn pushed it straight back onto Woodgate's head to score the winning goal.

The win was an important one for Tottenham as they secured UEFA Cup qualification for the following season, something they would not have achieved in the Premier League, as they finished 11th. For Chelsea, it was the second of four competitions in which they would finish as runners-up that season, after they lost to Manchester United in the Community Shield and ended up finishing as runners-up to the same team in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

Road to Wembley

Round 3[9]Hull City0–4Chelsea
Round 4Chelsea4–3Leicester City
Round 5Chelsea2–0Liverpool
Semi-final (1st leg)Chelsea2–1Everton
Semi-final (2nd leg)Everton0–1Chelsea
Note:(Chelsea won 3–1 on aggregate)

Tottenham Hotspur
Round 3[9]Tottenham2–0Middlesbrough
Round 4Tottenham2–0Blackpool
Round 5Manchester City0–2Tottenham
Semi-final (1st leg)Arsenal1–1Tottenham
Semi-final (2nd leg)Tottenham5–1Arsenal
Note:(Tottenham Hotspur won 6–2 on aggregate)



24 February 2008
15:00 GMT
Chelsea 1–2 (a.e.t.) Tottenham Hotspur
Drogba  39' Report Berbatov  70' (pen.)
Woodgate  94'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,660[3]
Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)[2]
Tottenham Hotspur
GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech  120+4'
RB 35Brazil Juliano Belletti
CB 26England John Terry (c)
CB 6 Portugal Ricardo Carvalho  104'
LB 18England Wayne Bridge
DM 12Nigeria John Obi Mikel  96'  98'
CM 8 England Frank Lampard
CM 5 Ghana Michael Essien  88'
RW 24England Shaun Wright-Phillips  72'
LW 39France Nicolas Anelka
CF 11Ivory Coast Didier Drogba
GK 23Italy Carlo Cudicini
DF 33Brazil Alex
MF 10England Joe Cole  98'
MF 13Germany Michael Ballack  88'
FW 21Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou  72'
Israel Avram Grant
GK 1 England Paul Robinson
RB 28Scotland Alan Hutton
CB 39England Jonathan Woodgate
CB 26England Ledley King (c)
LB 2 France Pascal Chimbonda  61'
RM 25England Aaron Lennon  120+1'
CM 8 England Jermaine Jenas  120+3'
CM 4 Ivory Coast Didier Zokora  38'
LM 15France Steed Malbranque  75'
CF 10Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane  102'
CF 9 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov
GK 12Czech Republic Radek Černý
DF 5 France Younès Kaboul  102'
MF 6 Finland Teemu Tainio  116'  75'
MF 22England Tom Huddlestone  61'
FW 23England Darren Bent
Spain Juande Ramos

Assistant referees:
Andrew Garratt (West Midlands)[2]
Martin Yerby (Kent)[2]
Fourth official:
Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)[2]
Reserve assistant referee:
David Bryan (Lincolnshire)[2]

Man of the match
Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur)[1]

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


The Tottenham players celebrate after having won their first trophy in nine years.
Chelsea Tottenham
Total shots 17 14
Shots on target 11 7
Ball possession 52% 48%
Corner kicks 10 5
Fouls committed 17 20
Offsides 3 2
Yellow cards 2 4
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[10]



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