Season Nine: Capital One Cup Final
Sky Sports Presents:
MT "The stories of cup finals at Wembley are written in the pitch of the stadium, where some of the greatest matches of all time have been contested. Today's game is the Capital One Cup final, and there is no better feeling than warming up to watch this match, unless you are playing in it of course. Current Capital One Cup champions Arsenal will be playing a team which has never reached a final in any major cup competition, Vauxhall Motors. My name is Martin Tyler and Gary Neville will be alongside me today as we witness what will hopefully be a great final."
GN "Thank you Martin and hopefully we do have a fantastic game on our hands! Arsenal are currently challenging for the Premier League title and are beating Real Madrid after a win over them in the first leg of the Champions League first knockout round. They were, however, beaten by Newcastle in the FA Cup. On the other hand, a resurgent Vauxhall side are currently battling for a top half finish in the Premier League, and are also in the quarter finals of the FA Cup! So both teams will be challenging for other pieces of silverware this season, but this will be their first chance to get some today."
MT "Both managers will be looking for a silverware to make a statement to the world of football. Let's have a look at the teamsheets for today."
Anthony Clifford; Guillermo Aguila, Jan Vertonghen, Anatoly Pichugin, Ashley Bromley; Junior Kouakou, Andrea Poli, Will Hughes (C), Raheem Sterling; Mohamed Seckan, Shannon Standing.
Wojciech Szczesny; André Schürrle; Aaron Ramsey; Martin Škrtel; M'baye Niang; Athmann Vincent; Ricardo van Rhijn.
Vauxhall Motors Line-up
Mark Bunn; Niels Andersen, Emiliano Cervantes, Brad McKay, Ben Purrington; Sander Kaljuste, Isaiah Osbourne, Tony Garbutt; Joe Mason, Euan Smith (C), Callum Walker.
Iain Rae; James Fry; Gordon Russel; Obi Anoruo; Ian Bermingham; Keith Buckley; Scott Sinclair.
MT "Arsenal boss Michael Appleton opts for the 4-4-2, while Vauxhall boss Paul Hewson opts for the 4-5-1. We will return soon for the match."
MT "The players are ready to start the game now. Arsenal will be playing in their traditional red and white, Vauxhall in blue. The fans are in full voice today, almost forty-thousand from each club have traveled to Wembley to witness this game! The two captains, Hughes and Smith, have shook hands and decided the coin toss and the game is about to get underway!"
Kick-off: MT "Arsenal start the final to the roar of the Gunner faithfuls!"
7' Shot - wide: MT "Arsenal are looking a little nervous on the ball so far. Its with Poli now in midfield, out right to Kouakou. Aguila takes the ball on the overlap, and skips past the challenge of Purrington. His cross is blocked by McKay and the ball falls to HUGHES!! Ohh, just wide by the skipper!"
||| ||| ||| GN "Arsenal's first real attacking move of the game and they almost score from it. Aguila did well to get around Purrington but his cross was to easy for McKay, but his poor clearance put the ball out 25 yards away from goal, where Hughes was always going to attempt to volley the ball home. Unlucky for the Arsenal captain."
26' Shot - wide: MT "Mason has gotten himself trapped in the corner by Bromley and Sterling. Oh, he shifts the ball well and picks out Kaljuste on the edge of the box. He turns, back for OSBOURNE!! Ohh, that was dipping at the last minute, you know! Only grazed the top of the bar."
37' Smith - goal: MT "Bunn takes the goal kick short to Cervantes.... Some very neat passing by Vauxhall, keeping the ball away from the Arsenal players. Mason hits a pass forward for Smith, and he has the beating of Vertonghen here! Can he finish it?... HE CAN! ON THIS DAY OF ALL DAYS!!! Look how much it means to him! The Vauxhall captain had only dreamed of this before, now his dreams have become reality!"
||| ||| ||| GN "Never, ever, put Vauxhall Motors down, because they will do that to you! What a move, what a goal, what a moment for Hewson's men!"
Arsenal 0-1 Vauxhall Motors
43' Shot - missed: MT "Hughes beats Osbourne to the ball, he picks out Sterling on the left. Sterling cuts in, ohh dummies beautifully and shoots!... That shot really does sum up Arsenal's half; Sterling got in to a great position, but his execution was shocking."
45+3' Half-Time: MT "Howard Webb calls time on a very nervy first half here at Wembley, with Vauxhall going in to the break in front."
HT: Arsenal 0-1 Vauxhall Motors
Kick-off: MT "Vauxhall start the second half a goal up over Arsenal. Can they hold on to record an historic cup victory?"
66' Shot - woodwork: MT "Kaljuste lines up this free kick and he is just within shooting range on the right hand side. He is known for his free-kicks, but can he test Clifford in the Arsenal goal today?... OFF THE POST!!! So unlucky for Kaljuste as he bends the free-kick around the wall and it hits the outside of the post, so close!"
87' Smith - goal: MT "Cervantes exchanges passes with McKay... he hits a very optimistic pass forwards for Smith and Clifford has come out of his goal for it.. Pichugin gets his head to it BUT STRAIGHT TO SMITH FOR HIS SECOND OF THE GAME! He has just won the cup for Vauxhall, at the expense of Arsenal's defensive blunder! Wembley is where heroes are made, and Euan Smith, you are now a hero!"
||| ||| ||| GN "Well it looked like nothing would come out of Cervantes' long ball but what was Pichugin doing? His 'keeper, Clifford, was there to claim the ball but Pichugin goes and gets his head on it, and leaves Euan Smith with the ball and an empty net to tap home. Well deserved for Vauxhall, and Appleton will be scratching his head for years to come as to why his defender decided to head that ball!"
Arsenal 0-2 Vauxhall Motors
90+1' Full-time: MT "Howard Webb calls time on the second half and Vauxhall Motors have won the Capital One Cup, courtesy of a brace from their captain Euan Smith!"