Arsenal fought back from two goals behind to beat Hull, 3-2, after extra time on Saturday to win the English FA Cup final at Wembley.
Hull City was playing in the final for the first time in their 110-year history. Arsenal were making their 19th appearance in the final of the world’s oldest football competition.
Yet Hull started like the team that felt at home.
Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager had continued with his policy of selecting his back-up goalie, Lukasz Fabianski, for FA Cup games. Fabianski was beaten twice in the first nine minutes.
After four minutes, James Chester, one of Hull’s three centre backs, turned in a pass from Tom Huddlestone from close range. Five minutes later, another defender, Curtis Davis, drove in a shot ball from a narrow angle after the ball had pinged around the Arsenal goalmouth.
It took Arsenal seven minutes to strike back. Santi Cazorla swerved a free kick into the top corner of the net to bring his team back into the game.
Arsenal leveled in the in the 71st minute when another central defender, Laurent Koscielny, a member of France’s World Cup squad, pounced on a loose ball in front of the Hull goal to and squeezed a shot past goalie Allan McGregor .
The score was still tied at the end of normal time, but 20 minutes into extra time, Arsenal took the lead. A neat exchange of flicks in the Hull penalty area by the Frenchmen Yaya Sanogo and Olivier Giroud, created a tiny gap for Aaron Ramsey who sliced a first-time shot in off the post.
The goal meant the Gunners have won the FA Cup for the 11th time, equaling Manchester United’s record. The victory also ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought.
Date created : 2014-05-17