2000 FA Cup Final

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2000 FA Cup Final
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Match programme cover
Event 1999–2000 FA Cup
Date20 May 2000
Venue Wembley Stadium, London
Man of the Match Dennis Wise [1] (Chelsea)
Referee Graham Poll [2] (Hertfordshire)
Attendance78,217 [2]

The 2000 FA Cup Final was the 119th final of the FA Cup, and the 72nd (excluding replays) and last to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. It took place on 20 May 2000 and was contested between Chelsea and Aston Villa, the latter making its first FA Cup Final appearance since winning it in 1957.


Chelsea won 1–0 to secure their second FA Cup in four years, and their third in all. The goal was scored midway through the second half by Roberto Di Matteo, who had also scored in the 1997 final.

Wembley Stadium closed five months later, and was subsequently rebuilt. The FA Cup Final was played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff for the next six years, before returning to Wembley in 2007.

Road to Wembley



Following a poor quality first half in which few chances were created, the match was brighter in the second, with Chelsea generally having the better of the play. George Weah missed several chances and Dennis Wise had a goal disallowed for offside, while Villa's Gareth Southgate headed wide. On 73 minutes, Roberto Di Matteo scored what proved to be the winning goal, capitalising on an error from Villa goalkeeper David James to put the ball in the net from close range. James came roaring off his line to deal with Zola's free-kick from the left, he fumbled the ball against Gareth Southgate's chest with Di Matteo blasting the rebound into the roof of the net. Villa could not get back in the match, their best chance falling to Benito Carbone, but his tame shot did not test Ed de Goey in goal.


Chelsea 1–0 Aston Villa
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Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 78,217 [2]
Referee: Graham Poll [2] (Hertfordshire)
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Aston Villa
GK1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ed de Goey
RB15 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Mario Melchiot Yellow card.svg 18'
CB6 Flag of France.svg Marcel Desailly
CB5 Flag of France.svg Frank Leboeuf
LB3 Flag of Nigeria.svg Celestine Babayaro
DM7 Flag of France.svg Didier Deschamps
CM16 Flag of Italy.svg Roberto Di Matteo
CM11 Flag of England.svg Dennis Wise (c)Yellow card.svg 28'
AM8 Flag of Uruguay.svg Gus Poyet Yellow card.svg
CF25 Flag of Italy.svg Gianfranco Zola Sub off.svg 89'
CF31 Flag of Liberia.svg George Weah Sub off.svg 88'
GK23 Flag of Italy.svg Carlo Cudicini
CB26 Flag of England.svg John Terry
LB34 Flag of England.svg Jon Harley
CM20 Flag of England.svg Jody Morris Sub on.svg 89'
CF19 Flag of Norway.svg Tore André Flo Sub on.svg 88'
Flag of Italy.svg Gianluca Vialli
GK1 Flag of England.svg David James
DF24 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Delaney
DF5 Flag of England.svg Ugo Ehiogu
DF4 Flag of England.svg Gareth Southgate (c)
DF15 Flag of England.svg Gareth Barry Yellow card.svg 16'
DF3 Flag of England.svg Alan Wright Sub off.svg 88'
MF6 Flag of the Netherlands.svg George Boateng Yellow card.svg
MF10 Flag of England.svg Paul Merson
MF7 Flag of England.svg Ian Taylor Sub off.svg 79'
MF18 Flag of Italy.svg Benito Carbone Sub off.svg 79'
FW9 Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin
GK39 Flag of Finland.svg Peter Enckelman
DF31 Flag of England.svg Jlloyd Samuel
MF26 Flag of England.svg Steve Stone Sub on.svg 79'
MF17 Flag of England.svg Lee Hendrie Sub on.svg 88'
FW12 Flag of England.svg Julian Joachim Sub on.svg 79'
Flag of England.svg John Gregory

Man of the match

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shootout if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of 3 substitutions.


ChelseaAston Villa
Goal attempts511
Corner kicks23
Fouls committed1714
Yellow cards32
Red cards00

Source: The People [1]

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