Arsenal beats Man U on penalty kicks to win FA Cup final

May 21, 2005

CARDIFF, Wales (Ticker) — Manchester United dominated the FA Cup final. Arsenal won the trophy.

After neither team scored in regulation or in two 15-minute overtimes, forcing the first shootout in FA Cup final history, Patrick Vieira converted the decisive attempt from the spot to help Arsenal beat Manchester United, 5-4 on penalty kicks.

The Red Devils dominated the match, especially in the second half, but were unable to score. Wayne Rooney blasted a ball off the right post in the 67th minute and Ruud van Nistelrooy’s powerful header was headed by Freddie Ljungberg off the crossbar and out of harm’s way in the 86th.

The best chance in either of the two extra periods was a hard shot in the box from United midfielder Paul Scholes in the 103rd minute that Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann knocked out of bounds.

Each team converted its first penalty kick before Lehmann made a diving save on Scholes’ attempt. Every team slotted its remaining kicks, with Vieira blasting the ball past Roy Carroll to the upper left corner of the net to end the contest.

United had beaten Arsenal three times this season, twice in the Premiership (2-0 and 4-2), as well as in the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup (1-0).

Arsenal was without leading scorer Thierry Henry for Saturday’s game due to a groin injury.

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