The last FA Cup Final at Wembley (FIFA 2000 #9)

The English F.A. Cup Final

Middlesbrough (5-3-2)

Mark Schwarzer

Craig Fleming – G Festa – Gary Pallister – Robbie Stockdale – Christian Ziege

Paul Gascoigne – Paul Ince – Andy Townsend

Brian Deane – Hamilton Ricard

Alvaro Recoba – Emile Heskey

Francesco Totti – Steven Gerrard – Pavel Nedved

Roberto Carlos – Alessandro Nesta – Rio Ferdinand – Fernando Hierro – John Arne Riise

Paul Robinson

Leicester City (5-3-2)

So well done, Middlesbrough, the only team brave enough to meet us toe to toe all season. Most teams this season played with a 4-4-2 with the exception of Ferguson’s Manchester United who lined up with a 4-2-3-1. None were brave enough to match us stride for stride. They hadn’t done so in our previous two meetings.

It made for a niggly, tetchy affair.

No effort in anger was made until Hamilton Ricard skimmed the outside of the post on the stroke of half-time. We were feeling our way into it, with good reason: Middlesbrough’s three-man midfield that lapsed into a four with Brian Deane dropping deep when Boro didn’t have the ball, it was hard work for us, especially with a more offensive sitting midfield.

Our first meaningful effort on 54 minutes zipped past the crossbar from a long-range strike courtesy of Alessandro Nesta. He was in a marauding mood and with us susceptible to a Boro midfield we sat deep until the right moment.

Unfortunately it took Hamilton Ricard striking from a poor defended corner to spark us into life. Pavel Nedved took it upon himself to turn the game on its head. A cross for a perfectly timed Emile Heskey header and a teasing shot that resulted in the fumbling and subsequent own goal from Mark Schwarzer won us the cup.

The third goal was just a work of art from Steven Gerrard. Add that to your silverware, Leicester City.

 

Middlesbrough (1:3) Leicester City

Hamilton Ricard 62’

Emile Heskey 77’

Mark Schwarzer own goal 88’

Steven Gerrard 90’

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