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Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Carling Cup is Blue

Chelsea finally got the League Cup Title after beating Arsenal 2-1 on Sunday. Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba netted the two winning goals and helped his team win the Cup. However, the day was not perfect because of a frightening head injury to captain John Terry.

The brave Terry, also the captain of the English national team, was taken off the field on a stretcher after Arsenal player Abou Diaby accidentally kicked him in the head in the 58th minute.

Didier Drogba headed in the winning goal at Millennium Stadium in the 84th minute from a cross from Dutch forward Arjen Robben. He also scored in the 20th, eight minutes after Theo Walcott had given the Gunners a 1-0 lead.

Indeed, Terry was attempting to head a corner from Robben when Diaby went for the ball with his foot. The defender then fell and appeared unconscious. Players from both squads immediately called for medical assistance.

It's important to say that the Chelsea defender was put on a stretcher with an oxygen mask placed over his mouth and a brace around his head. The game was halted for six minutes before Terry was carried off.

"On the stretcher, I gave him just some words, and the way he reacts with his hands, I understood that he was completely conscious," Jose Mourinho admitted. "He remembers everything in the clash. He's fine."

We must consider that John Terry recently recovered from back and calf muscle injuries that sidelined him for 13 games, and then went down with ankle ligament damage in Wednesday's 1-1 UEFA Champions League tie at FC Porto.

Furthermore, Walcott gave Arsenal the lead after exchanging passes with Diaby and sending a rising shot into the far corner. Drogba leveled when he took a pass from midfielder Michael Ballack and beat Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

In the more than 10 minutes of injury time, footballers on both sides brawled. John Obi Mikel, who replaced Terry, was sent off along with Arsenal defender Kolo Toure. African striker Emmanuel Adebayor was then also sent off before play restarted. Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas drew yellow cards.

"Perhaps it was a consequence of some frustration in the last part of the game and some boys, they lost a little bit their emotion," Mourinho expressed.

The Gunners used an inexperienced second team _ with Thierry Henry, Jens Lehmann, Gilberto and Tomas Rosicky not even in the lineup. In the other hand, Chelsea used the same lineup that started at FC Porto.



Blogger Confused Football Fan said...

I love it that you guys dumped Arsenal out of the carling cup Final, lets hope that you can go on and win the league

9:09 AM  

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