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Plays of the Day: Another ghost goal?

ESPN staff
May 5, 2012

After Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 to win the FA Cup, we round up the best and worst of the action from Wembley...

Bench warmers
As surely everyone in the world now knows, Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres cost a combined £85 million - but both were unable to break into their clubs' starting XIs at Wembley. Although, frankly, the way things have mostly gone for Torres at Chelsea, we wouldn't back him to break into a bag of Quavers.

Samba superstars
Ramires' early strike for Chelsea saw him become the first Brazilian player to find the back of the net in an FA Cup final. Frankly, we're absolutely amazed that Samba geniuses like Afonso Alves, Roque Junior and Kleberson didn't beat him to the punch.

Beware of the Drog
Chelsea went 2-0 up when Didier Drogba found the net with a left-footed strike across Pepe Reina - and that goal meant that Drogba became the first man to score in four FA Cup finals. It was probably one of the more arrogant scored at Wembley too, with the striker not even bothering to look at the goal before putting his foot through the ball. Casual.

Spear class?
Not so long ago, Liverpool's central midfield comprised of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano - now those two are playing for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, and the Reds call on Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson. We're saying nothing. Spearing had a torrid afternoon: his error contributed to the first Chelsea goal, and Frank Lampard eased past him on the build up to the second. When he went off and Carroll came on, Liverpool looked much, much better.

Goal?
Liverpool v Chelsea, and so there had to be a 'ghost goal' to ensure Jose Mourinho's name would be mentioned. Carroll's late header, which would have made it 2-2, obliged when it was judged not to have crossed the line by the assistant referee. If all of the ball wasn't over, it really was some save from Petr Cech - right up there with Jim Montgomery's famous stop all those years ago.

Leaping Luiz
As far as we can tell, David Luiz doesn't seem like the most mature of chaps: despite being injured, he was leaping over pretty much everyone after the match finished, which we don't think is an integral part of his recovery plan.

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