Liverpool lost the 2005 FA Cup Final, falling to a 3-2 defeat against Chelsea on 27 February 2005 in Cardiff. The match was Liverpool's 10th League Cup Final, of which this was their third defeat. It was also the first cup final of manager Rafael Benitez's Anfield tenure- as well as of his counterpart Jose Mourinho's career at Chelsea. The game can be seen as the start of an intense rivalry that developed between the two sides during Benitez's time in charge of Liverpool. The match began in excellent fashion for the Reds with John Arne Riise crashing a volley into the Chelsea net within the first minute. However Chelsea exerted growing pressure as the game progressed and grabbed an equaliser thanks to a Steven Gerrard own goal. Extra time brought two more Chelsea goals before Antonio Nunez pulled one back to set up a grandstand finish. (more...)

April 2014June 2014

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.