Hiddink Leaves on Winning Note as Chelsea Downs Everton

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Outgoing coach Guus Hiddink partied in the locker room with his Chelsea players after they won the FA Cup by downing Everton 2-1 on Saturday.

“We had a nice dance party with everyone participating, the players
and the staff,” Hiddink said. “It was emotional in the dressing room because we were aiming for this cup.”

The game broke sharply in Everton’s favor when Louis Saha scored after just 25 seconds, but Didier Drogba
headed the equalizer on 21 minutes and Frank Lampard slammed in the winner
18 minutes from time.

It is the second time in three years that Chelsea have won the Cup, and the victory gave Hiddink the perfect send-off.

“It’s been two years since we’ve won a trophy and that’s too long. It’s great to get it back,” said Chelsea captain John Terry, who added that he had begged Hiddink to stay.

Match-winner Lampard hailed Chelsea’s fighting spirit.
“We went 1-0 down within a minute or so but showed a lot of character to come back,” he said.
“After getting the first we dominated the game and I’m just pleased to get the goal that wins the game.

“Guus has been amazing and he’s a great man, we’ve loved working with him and he deserves this victory.”

The match began in the most dramatic fashion as Everton scored the fastest goal in FA Cup finals history.

John Obi Mikel could only head a cross weakly in the direction of
Saha and the former Manchester United and Fulham striker slashed a
left-foot shot past Petr Cech.

Chelsea evened up the score when Florent Malouda was given too much time on the left and his cross picked out Drogba, who headed powerfully past Tim Howard.

18
minutes from time, Lampard found the corner of the Everton net to put his side ahead.

Everton manager David Moyes, who also led his side to fifth in the league, said he had no complaints.

“I look back with a lot of pleasure in getting the team to the final,” he said.

“Chelsea were the better team on the day, I can’t argue with that.
Lampard is a big player who scored big goals and that’s what he’s done
today. Our team has made progress year on year and we’ll try to keep
that going.”

Everton forward Tim Cahill was understandably disappointed.
“It’s been a great season, finishing fifth in the Premier League and reaching the final, but it leaves a bitter taste,” he said.
“But it’s an experience I can take forward in the coming years.”

DPA, AFP