FA Cup - Chelsea-Portsmouth: How they rated

Eurosport - Sat, 15 May 18:53:00 2010

We assess each player's individual performance from Chelsea's 1-0 FA Cup final win against Portsmouth at Wembley.

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Petr Cech - 7/10 (users 6.6): His penalty save from Kevin Prince Boateng was straightforward, but the Cech produced a decisive commanding display.

Branislav Ivanovic - 7/10 (6.0): The big Serbian might be a centre-back by design but he loves to bomb up the right flank, and one first-half run might have produced a goal.

John Terry - 7/10 (5.6): Played through the pain of a bruised foot and managed to avoid a further injury. One of many to strike the woodwork.

Alex - 6/10 (5.8): Solid. Nothing more, nothing less. Helped shackle Piquionne and did nothing wrong but wasn't really involved for much of the afternoon.

Ashley Cole - 7/10 (5.6): Not his most secure game at the back, with Pompey's opposite man Aruna Dindane looking dangerous. But Cole excelled on the attack, and set up Kalou's open goal.

Michael Ballack - 5/10 (6.0): Spent the first half getting wound up by Kevin Prince Boateng and then went off injured with damage to his left ankle.

Florent Malouda - 6/10 (6.1): It says something of the standard Malouda has set this season that it came as something of a surprise to see the game rather pass him by.

Frank Lampard - 6/10 (6.6): Enjoyed a fine game and struck the post with a long-range effort, but he blotted his copybook by missing a late penalty.

Nicolas Anelka - 7/10 (6.5): Always lively, always looking for the ball and always willing to cut inside and have a shot.

Salomon Kalou - 5/10 (5.9): Can only be grateful his first-half miss for the ages did not cost his team the trophy. But still - how on earth did he not turn in Ashley Cole's cross?

Didier Drogba - 8/10 (7.4): You don't have to like him, but you do have to respect him. After his first-half free-kick stayed millimetres out, he smashed the winner in off the post to score in three FA Cup finals.

Juliano Belletti - 4/10 (4.8): On for Ballack, 44th minute: Looked woefully off the pace and his crude hack on Aruna Dindane gave Portsmouth their penalty.

Joe Cole - 6/10 (5.7): On for Kalou, 71st minute. Early shot charged down, helped control possession late on.

Daniel Sturridge - No rating: On for Anelka, 90th minute


David James - 7/10 (7.3): Spent much of the first half of a spectator as balls pinged the goal frame behind him, but made a brilliant save from a Drogba free-kick. Might have done better with the goal, though.

Steve Finnan - 6/10 (5.8): The right-back was hardly noticeable, which could mean one of three things; 1-We weren't paying attention; 2-He was quietly effective; 3-He went missing.

Ricardo Rocha - 6/10 (5.8): A decent performance from the Portuguese, who was the first to commiserate Boateng after Drogba put a dagger through Portsmouth's heart.

Aaron Mokoena - 8/10 (6.6): His afternoon was defined by two fantastic blocks of Drogba shots. The South African was in inspirational form and helped the Portsmouth rearguard hold out for nearly an hour.

Hayden Mullins - 5/10 (5.9): Did not look entirely comfortable at left-back and was shown up for pace on occasion by Kalou and Anelka.

Papa Bouba Diop - 6/10 (6.2): Came into the side after Hassan Yebda suffered a late injury, and did not disgrace himself. A decent, workmanlike display.

Michael Brown - 6/10 (6.3): An active performance in the middle of the pitch, denying Chelsea's players time on the ball. But conceded a late penalty.

Jamie O'Hara - 5/10 (6.6): Started brightly but appeared to be slowed down by his back injury. Seemed to dodge out of the way of Drogba's winner.

Kevin Prince Boateng - 6/10 (6.4): Was Portsmouth's most effective attacker until his woeful penalty. Thereafter he was a shell of a player and was wisely taken off by Avram Grant.

Aruna Dindane - 7/10 (7.4): Very lively down the Portsmouth left, whether racing down the touchline or cutting inside. Great work to win the penalty.

Frederic Piquionne - 6/10 (6.8): Looked a little isolate up front, and

John Utaka - 6/10 (6.1): On for Boateng, 74th minute. Little impact.

Nwanko Kanu - No rating: On for Piquionne, 81st minute

Nadir Belhadj - No rating: On for Mullins 82nd minute,


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