Soccer-Chelsea hit woodwork five times in goalless first half

Sat, 15 May 16:04:00 2010

Chelsea hit the woodwork an astonishing five times during the first half of the FA Cup final against Portsmouth which was 0-0 at halftime on Saturday.

The first close shave for unfancied Pompey came after 14 minutes when Frank Lampard shot against the outside of David James's left-hand post with a 25-metre drive.

Salomon Kalou was guilty of one of the most blatant misses in any Cup final after 27 minutes when he shinned an Ashley Cole cross against the bar in front of an open goal from four metres.

A minute later Chelsea captain John Terry headed the ball against the bar again with James beaten.

Portsmouth rode their luck once more 10 minutes later when James pushed Didier Drogba's rasping 30-metre free kick against the bar, and was fortunate to collect the ball after it had bounced down on the line.

The right-hand post came to Portsmouth's rescue again two minutes later when Drogba cracked the ball against it from close range with England goalkeeper James again beaten.

The Ivorian striker showed his utter frustration by smacking the post with his hand and then leapt up to hit the bar too.

Chelsea had four other chances but despite being in control they had needed a stunning reflex save from Petr Cech to save a close-range effort from Frederic Piquionne after 22 minutes.

(Editing by Ken Ferris To query or comment on this story email


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