English Football

FA Cup final 2012: The long and bumpy road

Chelsea and Liverpool have scored goals aplenty on the road to Wembley, but the Reds have probably had the toughest run to the final.

Chelsea netted 18 goals en route to the final, but only Tottenham can be considered top quality opposition among their five opponents. But such was the ease of victory, 5-1 in the Wembley semi-final, that the Blues will consider their hardest game against Birmingham City in the fifth round. Chelsea were held at home 1-1 before they disposed of the Championship side in a replay that was Roberto Di Matteo’s first game in charge.

It may be more crowded here on May 5…

Chelsea’s path:
Round 3: Portsmouth H W4-0
Round 4: QPR A W1-0
Round 5: Birmingham H D1-1, A W2-0
Round 6: Leicester City H W5-2
Semi-final: Tottenham W5-1 (Wembley)

Goals: Mata 4, Ramieras 3, Meireles 2, Torres 2, Lampard 2, Drogba 1, Malouda 1, Cahill 1, Kalou 1, Sturridge 1

Liverpool, who run up 17 goals in their cup campaign, brushed aside Oldham and Brighton, scoring 11 goals over two games, but they have also beaten Premier side Stoke and of course, beat Manchester United 2-1 at Anfield in the fourth round. And to cap it all, they won an all-Mersey semi-final against Everton. Arguably, they had the hardest journey – but only their trip to Wembley was away from Anfield. Given their poor home form in the Premier, they’ve done well!

Liverpool’s path:
Round 3: Oldham H W5-1
Round 4: Manchester Utd H W2-1
Round 5: Brighton H W6-1
Round 6: Stoke City H W2-1
Semi-final: Everton W2-1 (Wembley)

Goals: Carroll 3, Saurez 3, Downing 2, Own goals 2, Gerrard 2, Kuyt 1, Agger 1, Bellamy 1, Shelvey 1, Skirtel 1

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