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The 2008 Football League Cup Final was a football match played on 24 February 2008.[5] It was the first League Cup Final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, and the first to be played in England since the old Wembley was demolished in 2000. The defending champions were Chelsea, who beat Arsenal in the 2007 Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[6] The final was contested by Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Arsenal 6–2 on aggregate in the semi-final,[7] and Chelsea, who beat Everton 3–1 on aggregate.[8] Tottenham Hotspur defeated Chelsea 2–1, after extra time, winning their first trophy in nine years.

2008 Football League Cup Final
League Cup Final 2008 Chelsea Spurs.jpg
Event2007–08 Football League Cup
After extra time
Date24 February 2008
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchJonathan Woodgate (Tottenham)[1]
RefereeMark Halsey (Lancashire)[2]
WeatherPartly cloudy
13 °C (55 °F)[4]

Chelsea took the lead in the 37th minute through a Didier Drogba free kick. This goal made Drogba the first player to score in three League Cup Finals, having also done so in 2005 and 2007. A Wayne Bridge handball gave Tottenham a 68th-minute penalty, and Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov converted from the spot. Three minutes into extra time, Jonathan Woodgate headed a Jermaine Jenas free kick onto Petr Čech, who in turn pushed it straight back onto Woodgate's head to score the winning goal.

The win was an important one for Tottenham as they secured UEFA Cup qualification for the following season, something they would not have achieved in the Premier League, as they finished 11th. For Chelsea, it was the second of four competitions in which they would finish as runners-up that season, after they lost to Manchester United in the Community Shield and ended up finishing as runners-up to the same team in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.


Road to WembleyEdit



Chelsea1–2 (a.e.t.)Tottenham Hotspur
Drogba   39' Report Berbatov   70' (pen.)
Woodgate   94'
Attendance: 87,660[3]
Tottenham Hotspur
GK 1   Petr Čech   120+4'
RB 35   Juliano Belletti
CB 26   John Terry (c)
CB 6   Ricardo Carvalho   104'
LB 18   Wayne Bridge
DM 12   John Obi Mikel   96'   98'
CM 8   Frank Lampard
CM 5   Michael Essien   88'
RW 24   Shaun Wright-Phillips   72'
LW 39   Nicolas Anelka
CF 11   Didier Drogba
GK 23   Carlo Cudicini
DF 33   Alex
MF 10   Joe Cole   98'
MF 13   Michael Ballack   88'
FW 21   Salomon Kalou   72'
  Avram Grant
GK 1   Paul Robinson
RB 28   Alan Hutton
CB 39   Jonathan Woodgate
CB 26   Ledley King (c)
LB 2   Pascal Chimbonda   61'
RM 25   Aaron Lennon   120+1'
CM 8   Jermaine Jenas   120+3'
CM 4   Didier Zokora   38'
LM 15   Steed Malbranque   75'
CF 10   Robbie Keane   102'
CF 9   Dimitar Berbatov
GK 12   Radek Černý
DF 5   Younès Kaboul   102'
MF 6   Teemu Tainio   116'   75'
MF 22   Tom Huddlestone   61'
FW 23   Darren Bent
  Juande Ramos

Assistant referees:
Andrew Garratt (West Midlands)[2]
Martin Yerby (Kent)[2]
Fourth official:
Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)[2]
Reserve assistant referee:
David Bryan (Lincolnshire)[2]

Man of the match
Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur)[1]

Match rules

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


The Tottenham players celebrate after having won their first trophy in nine years.
Chelsea Tottenham
Total shots 17 14
Shots on target 11 7
Ball possession 52% 48%
Corner kicks 10 5
Fouls committed 17 20
Offsides 3 2
Yellow cards 2 4
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[10]


  • Didier Drogba's goal made him the all-time leading scorer in League Cup Finals with four. He also became the first player to score in three League Cup finals and the first to score in three consecutive English domestic cup finals.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Carling Cup officials announced". The Football League. 29 January 2008. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b Stevenson, Jonathan (24 February 2008). "Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
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  5. ^ "League Cup Fixtures". BBC Sport. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Chelsea 2–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 25 February 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  7. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (22 January 2008). "Tottenham 5–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  8. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (23 January 2008). "Everton 0–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 27 January 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2008.
  9. ^ a b Clubs in the Premier League receive a bye to the second or third round
  10. ^ "Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea: Woody nods winner". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2012.