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Template:ImportTemplate:Infobox football match The 2008 Carling Cup Final was a football match played on 24 February 2008. 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. The final was contested by Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Arsenal 6–2 on aggregate in the semi-final, and Chelsea, who beat Everton 3–1 on aggregate. Tottenham Hotspur defeated Chelsea 2–1, after extra time, winning their first trophy for 9 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.


Match detailsEdit

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CHELSEA:
GK 1 Template:Flagicon Petr Čech Template:Yel
RB 35Template:Flagicon Juliano Belletti
CB 26Template:Flagicon John Terry Captain Symbol
CB 6 Template:Flagicon Ricardo Carvalho Template:Yel
LB 18Template:Flagicon Wayne Bridge
DM 12Template:Flagicon Mikel Jon Obi Template:Yel Template:Suboff
CM 8 Template:Flagicon Frank Lampard
CM 5 Template:Flagicon Michael Essien Template:Suboff
RW 24Template:Flagicon Shaun Wright-Phillips Template:Suboff
CF 11Template:Flagicon Didier Drogba
LW 39Template:Flagicon Nicolas Anelka
Substitutes:
GK 23Template:Flagicon Carlo Cudicini
DF 33Template:Flagicon Alex
MF 13Template:Flagicon Michael Ballack Template:Subon
MF 10Template:Flagicon Joe Cole Template:Subon
FW 21Template:Flagicon Salomon Kalou Template:Subon
Manager:
Template:Flagicon Avram Grant
Chelsea vs Tottenham 2008-02-24
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:
GK 1 Template:Flagicon Paul Robinson
RB 28Template:Flagicon Alan Hutton
CB 39Template:Flagicon Jonathan Woodgate
CB 26Template:Flagicon Ledley King Captain Symbol
LB 2 Template:Flagicon Pascal Chimbonda Template:Suboff
RM 25Template:Flagicon Aaron Lennon Template:Yel
CM 8 Template:Flagicon Jermaine Jenas Template:Yel
CM 4 Template:Flagicon Didier Zokora Template:Yel
LM 15Template:Flagicon Steed Malbranque Template:Suboff
CF 10Template:Flagicon Robbie Keane Template:Suboff
CF 9 Template:Flagicon Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes:
GK 12Template:Flagicon Radek Černý
DF 5 Template:Flagicon Younes Kaboul Template:Subon
MF 6 Template:Flagicon Teemu Tainio Template:Yel Template:Subon
MF 22Template:Flagicon Tom Huddlestone Template:Subon
FW 23Template:Flagicon Darren Bent
Manager:
Template:Flagicon Juande Ramos

MATCH OFFICIALS

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

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.

NotesEdit

  • Didier Drogba's goal made him the all-time leading scorer in League Cup Finals with four. He also became the first player to score in three League Cup finals and the first to score in three consecutive English domestic cup finals.

Road to WembleyEdit

ChelseaEdit

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

Tottenham HotspurEdit

Round 3Tottenham Hotspur2–0Middlesbrough
Round 4Tottenham Hotspur2–0Blackpool
Round 5Manchester City0–2Tottenham Hotspur
Semi-final (1st leg)Arsenal1–1Tottenham Hotspur
Semi-final (2nd leg)Tottenham Hotspur5–1Arsenal
 (Tottenham Hotspur won 6–2 on aggregate)

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