The first half finished with a foul on Rooney, who had done well to break free of challenges from Cole, Vieira and Senderos, who eventually brought Rooney down. Gerrard's stunning last-minute strike forced extra-time, with Pepe Reina saving from BobbyZamora, Konchesky and Anton Ferdinand in the shoot-out. 59 Wenger's decision to sell his captain was made so the team could benefit from Fàbregas, who broke into the first eleven during the season. The free kick was to be Bergkamp's last contribution to the final, as he was then substituted by Ljungberg in the 65th minute. Arsenal became the first team to win the FA Cup via a penalty shoot-out, despite being outplayed throughout the game, after neither side managed to score in the initial 90 minutes or in 30 minutes of extra time. We've had luck in the past, so you understand it can happen. Event occurs in the seventh minute; live coverage between 15:06pm and 15:07pm. 17 Despite finishing six points ahead of Manchester United in the league, Arsenal had lost both league fixtures between the clubs, 18 as well as a League Cup fifth-round tie, which was played out by the clubs' fringe and reserve team players. Ronaldo scored United's second and additional goals from Scholes meant they progressed into the last four of the competition; the final score was. A b Lawrenson, Motson (2005). Ref: A Wiley (Staffordshire). Konchesky's left-wing cross was speculative at best, but it caught the back-pedalling Reina off guard and floated in at the far post. Protests over the impending takeover of Manchester United by American businessman. A functional cookie (which expires when you close your browser) has already been placed on your machine. A television audience of over 480 million worldwide watched the final; in the United Kingdom, coverage of the match peaked.8 million, making it the highest-rated game in Cup history since the 1996 final. A minute later, Silvestre found Rooney with another diagonal pass; Rooney attempted to drive in a low cross, but it ended up heading towards goal and came back off the foot of the post. The visitors took the lead just before the break, but goals from José Antonio Reyes and Robin van Persie in the second half meant Arsenal won. "Arsenal struggle to draw breath". 33 This was the most number of finals for a player in the post-war period; 33 by 2010 however, Ashley Cole had reached his eighth final.