Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa (1999-00 FA Cup Final)
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|2000 FA Cup Final|
|Scoreline||Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa|
|Date||20th May 2000|
The 2000 FA Cup Final took place on 20 May 2000 and was the last to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. It was contested between Chelsea and Aston Villa, who had finished 5th and 6th respectively in the Premier League that season, though there was a seven point gap between the sides. Chelsea secured victory with a strike mid-way through the second half from Roberto Di Matteo; his last goal for the club. It was Chelsea's second FA Cup success in four seasons and the third in the club's history. Di Matteo had also scored in their previous cup triumph. Wembley Stadium closed five months later, and was subsequently rebuilt. It was more than six years after the old stadium closed that the new stadium opened, with Chelsea also winning the first FA Cup Final at the new Wembley.
Following a poor quality first half in which few chances were created, the match was brighter in the second, with Chelsea generally having the better of the play. George Weah missed several chances and Dennis Wise had a goal disallowed for offside, while Villa's Gareth Southgate headed wide. On 73 minutes, Roberto Di Matteo scored what proved to be the winning goal, capitalising on an error from Villa goalkeeper David James to put the ball in the net from close range. Villa could not get back in the match, their best chance falling to Benito Carbone, but his tame shot did not test Ed de Goey in goal.
| 20 May 2000|
|Chelsea||1 - 0||Aston Villa|| Venue: Wembley Stadium, London|
Referee: Graham Poll
|Di Matteo 73'|
Road to the Final
|1999-00||Sat||11||Dec||1999||3rd Round||Hull City||Away||Won||6-1|
|1999-00||Wed||19||Jan||2000||4th Round||Nottingham Forest||Home||Won||2-0|
|1999-00||Sun||30||Jan||2000||5th Round||Leicester City||Home||Won||2-1|
|1999-00||Sun||9||Apr||2000||Semi Final||Newcastle United||Neutral*||Won||2-1||*Wembley|