The road to Wembley

Last updated at 12:39 18 May 2007

Chelsea and Manchester United will contest the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley.

Here, we examine how both sides progressed through the rounds.


Chelsea 6 Macclesfield 1

Frank Lampard opened the scoring after 16 minutes only for John Murphy to slot

home a shock 40th-minute equaliser. Parity lasted less than 90 seconds as

Lampard scored his second. The game was up when Tommy Lee saw red after

conceding a penalty. Lampard completed his first Chelsea hat-trick from the spot

before Shaun Wright-Phillips, Mikel John Obi and Ricardo Carvalho added gloss to

the scoreline.

Man Utd 2 Aston Villa 1

On-loan Henrik Larsson celebrated his United debut with a stunning volleyed

opener 10 minutes after half-time, but he looked like being denied a winning

start when Milan Baros came off the bench to level after 74 minutes. However,

United's own super-sub Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored a typical stoppage-time goal

when his shot squirmed under Gabor Kiraly.


Chelsea 3 Nottingham Forest 0

Another easy Chelsea win against lower league opponents was kick-started by

Andriy Shevchenko's ninth-minute volley, which deflected in off Forest's John

Curtis. The game was up before the interval as Didier Drogba curled home a

25-yard free-kick in the 18th minute before Mikel poked the ball home in

first-half stoppage-time.

Man Utd 2 Portsmouth 1

United were once again made to work hard for victory after Nemanja Vidic's

headed goal was not given despite crossing the line before being cleared by

Pedro Mendes.

It took until the 77th minute for Wayne Rooney to tap home Ryan

Giggs' cross before the United striker's inch-perfect chip appeared to end the

Pompey resistance. However, Kanu's deflected consolation made it a nervy final

three minutes.


Chelsea 4 Norwich 0

Despite the scoreline, Chelsea were made to work a lot harder against

Championship opposition and were fortunate not to be behind when Dickson Etuhu

hit the inside of the post.

Wright-Phillips' 39th-minute opener also owed much

to luck, taking a deflection on its way in. Drogba's 51st-minute turn and shot,

and stoppage-time efforts from substitutes Michael Essien and Andriy Shevchenko

wrapped up the scoring.

Man Utd 1 Reading 1; Reading 2 Man Utd 3

Both managers fielded largely second-string sides at Old Trafford where

Michael Carrick fired United ahead from outside the box before Brynjar

Gunnarsson headed in a surprise equaliser. Goalkeeper Adam Federici was the star

of the show with a brilliant display in a rare start for the Royals.

It was

ironic therefore that his howler sparked a United siege in the replay, Gabriel

Heinze's second-minute shot squirming under the keeper's body. Louis Saha

volleyed in a second and Solskjaer broke the offside trap to score a third

before six minutes had been played.

However, Reading were desperately unlucky

not to take the game to extra-time after Dave Kitson pulled one back, substitute

Leroy Lita netted with six minutes remaining and Gunnarsson struck the



Chelsea 3 Tottenham 3; Tottenham 1 Chelsea 2

A thrilling game at Stamford Bridge saw Dimitar Berbatov smash Spurs ahead,

Lampard level, but Essien's own goal and Hossam Ghaly's opportunist effort hand

the visitors a 3-1 advantage.

Staring at a first domestic home defeat as Chelsea

boss, Jose Mourinho went for broke. Spurs' withdrawal of Berbatov was tantamount

to suicide as Lampard and substitute Salomon Kalou rescued a draw - though

Jermain Defoe did hit the bar late on.

The replay was surprisingly comfortable

for Chelsea, Shevchenko's sublime angled drive and Wright-Phillips' volley

setting up a win that was never really in doubt, even when Robbie Keane pulled

one back from the spot.

Middlesbrough 2 Man Utd 2; Man Utd 1 Middlesbrough 0

Controversy reigned at the Riverside as Cristiano's penalty spared United a

2-1 defeat.

Rooney drove the visitors ahead but Lee Cattermole's volley on the

stroke of half-time and George Boateng's header two minutes after the restart

turned the tie on its head.

However, Boateng was harshly adjudged to have

deliberately handled Rio Ferdinand's header and Ronaldo did the rest.

An ill-tempered replay was settled by another Ronaldo spot-kick, this one

indisputable after the Portugal winger was chopped down by Jonathan Woodgate.

James Morrison then saw red for a lunge on Ronaldo, with both benches becoming

involved in some ugly scenes late on.


Blackburn 1 Chelsea 2 (aet)

Lampard broke the offside trap to fire an angled shot past Brad Friedel after

just 16 minutes at Old Trafford as Chelsea dominated.

But Shevchenko's

embarrassing air shot inspired a Rovers fightback, Jason Roberts deflecting in

Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick for his first Blackburn goal.

Pedersen missed

a free header in normal time, and Michael Ballack made him pay with a left-foot

winner in the 109th minute.

Watford 1 Manchester United 4

An inspired Rooney blasted United in front after just six minutes but Watford

hit back to level thanks to Hameur Bouazza's overhead kick 20 minutes later.


it took just two minutes for Rooney to set up Ronaldo for an easy tap-in and the

England striker all-but wrapped up the win with an equally-straightforward

finish. There was still time for Kieran Richardson to chip in a fourth.

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