Arsenal beat Liverpool 2 - 1 in the Final of the British Football Association Cu at Wembley today (Saturday), making themselves only the second team this century to attain the much coveted Double--the F.
Arsenal beat Liverpool 2 - 1 in the Final of the British Football Association Cu at Wembley today (Saturday), making themselves only the second team this century to attain the much coveted Double--the F.A. Cup and the League Championship. Arsenal won the championship last week in a final match decider and true to their last minute style beat Liverpool in the Cup Final with a goal in the last minutes of extra time.
The first 90 minutes saw a hard-fought battle between two evenly matched sides in the classic Wembley Cup Final pattern--30 minutes to settle down, then great football. No score by the final whistle meant 30 minutes of extra time, 15 minutes each way.
Liverpool went ahead with a finely-taken goal by Steve Highway, acclaimed by many sports writers as the "find of the season". The Arsenal equalized with a scrambled goal by George Graham. After this the 100,000 capacity crowd was treated to a display of tense, attacking football from both teams, until Charlie George, also described as a "find of the season", shot the winning goal for Arsenal from outside the penalty box, with only minutes to go.
SYNOPSIS: Liverpool kick off from right to left against Arsenal on Saturday in the final of the British F.A. Cup. 100,000 people packed Wembley Stadium to see Arsenal pull off the Double, or fall at the last hurdle. Arsenal go straight into the attack. The week before they clinched the Football Championship, winning by only one point. Arsenal were determined to become only the second team this century to win the Double. The first side was Tottenham Hotspurs, in 1961.
When the 90 minutes were up, 30 minutes of extra time was played. Socks are down to combat the notorious Wembley cramp. Arsenal are in the light jerseys.
Liverpool burst away. A through pass to Steve Highway, and his famous speed takes him past the back. A fine shot, and Liverpool take the lead.
Liverpool are one-nil up, and it looks all over. After Arsenal's rigorous league programme, they were tired. But they came out fighting and pressed all the time. A goalmouth scramble, and George Graham came through the players to push the ball home.
It's one-all, until the second half of extra time.
Radford to Charlie George.
George makes it 2-1, the final score. Arsenal won the 1971 Cup Final 2 - 1, and won the Double