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The final of the world’s oldest cup competition pits two of the globe’s biggest teams against each other at the magnificent Wembley Stadium today.

Mateo Kovacic starts for Chelsea, in a big boost for the Blues, while Luis Diaz gets the nod for Liverpool.

Chelsea and Liverpool compete for the FA Cup trophy with the Blues out to lift their ninth crown after back-to-back defeats in the last two finals, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds last won the cup in 2006.

Both enjoyed a relatively safe passage to the showpiece, each having barely encountered Premier League opposition until the semi-finals.

Plymouth and Luton put up surprisingly stout opposition to Chelsea before they brushed aside Crystal Palace last month, whereas Liverpool had to come through Manchester City in the final four following a testing trip to Nottingham Forest.

One extra facet to today’s game is that it is a repeat of the League Cup final.

Not since 1993 have two opponents met in both events, and it was Liverpool who came out on top in the Carabao Cup showdown just over two months ago.

So let’s get our suits on, turn Jerusalem up, and gaze in awe at those steps up to the Royal Box as this promises to be a fascinating FA Cup final.

With kick-off at 4.45pm BST, follow Standard Sport’s live blog for all the updates from Matt Verri and James Robson at Wembley…

Live updates

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23 mins: Chelsea’s best move of the match by a mile.

Mount flicks it over Robertson to James and they are away down the right. Wing-back plays it to Mount, he slides a low cross into the box… Pulisic sends it just wide!

Didn’t connect with it well at all, but that almost sent it spinning into the far corner.

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21 mins: We’ve seen plenty of Alexander-Arnold in the first 20 or so minutes, now it’s Robertson on the other flank bombing forward.

Opts not to use Diaz and keeps driving infield, space opens up and he goes for goal. Always rising over the bar.

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James Robson at Wembley

It has been a harrowing start for Chelsea, but at least they are still level – somehow. Liverpool have overwhelmed them, with Chalobah particularly struggling to keep track of Diaz.


It feels like they will just have to weather this storm and get their way back into the game – but there has been little in the way of encouragement to build on.

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19 mins: Chelsea want a free-kick as Jorginho goes tumbling to the ground – nothing given. Really dangerous low ball across the face of the Chelsea goal, nobody in Red has made the run though.

Jorginho swiftly over to the referee to give his thoughts on the decision – he does not persuade him to change his mind.

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18 mins: Thiago slides in on Kovacic, doesn’t get any of the ball and that will be a free-kick in a great position for Chelsea. 20 yards out, just to the right of the box.

Great angle for Alonso… who sends it in straight at Alisson. Will assume that was a poor cross rather than a very ambitious shot.

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16 mins: Chelsea enjoying their best spell of the match, which isn’t saying much. Some sustained possession.

Ball drops for Pulisic in the box, he fires wide but the whistle has already gone. Handball given against Lukaku as he tried to control James’ cross.

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14 mins: Alexander-Arnold to take another Liverpool corner. In towards Konate, but Lukaku is back and does his job well to head it out.

Lobbed back in, James’ long clearance is blocked by Keita and Chelsea have a goal-kick. That feels like a small win for them – Tuchel urges his side to play it long and they do just that.

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13 mins: Diaz could have scored two and set up another two in the opening 13 minutes.

Again he gets in behind, this time set away by Mane. His shot is blocked though. Falls to Alexander-Arnold who blazes it at goal himself, again Chelsea get enough bodies back.

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11 mins: Concern for Chelsea as Silva goes down and needs treatment, but he’s back on and should be ok to continue.

Chelsea need to get a period of possession, it’s been a rampant start from the Reds.

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James Robson at Wembley

It’s Liverpool applying all of the early pressure and Diaz is already heavily-involved. Chalobah and James will have to get it spot on to keep him at bay.


That is easier said than done. He’s slipped between them on a couple of occasions and the game isn’t even 10 minutes old yet.

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