FA Cup final blog live: Arsenal 3 Hull City 2

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (right) celebrates scoring his side's third goal. PIC: PA
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (right) celebrates scoring his side's third goal. PIC: PA
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Gallant Hull City have had their hearts broken by Arsenal in an absorbing FA Cup final at Wembley.

Chasing a first piece of major silverware in their 110-year history, the Yorkshire club forged 2-0 ahead in the first eight minutes before being taken to extra-time by Arsene Wenger’s side.

But their hopes and dreams were dashed when Aaron Ramsey poked home the winning goal 11 minutes from the end of extra time of a draining Cup final

The Welshman’s strike ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought but extends Yorkshire’s search for an FA Cup winning team into a 43rd year.

Hull were terrific for 70 minutes, but Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser sucked the air out of their lungs and from then on they were hanging on for penalties.

The Tigers had surged ahead through James Chester when he diverted Tom Huddlestone’s shot past Lukasz Fabianski on three minutes.

The 25,000 Hull fans were then in dreamland five minutes later when Curtis Davies - the Tigers man of the match - found the corner of the goal after Alex Bruce’s header had been tipped onto the post.

Arsenal had been stunned by the energy and exuberance of Hull, but Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back on 16 minutes with a delightful 25-yard free-kick.

That breathless opening would come back to haunt Hull, who retreated deeper and deeper as the game wore on and as Arsenal sought a leveller.

Koscielny delivered, swivelling on Bacary Sagna’s deflected header from a corner and turning the ball beyond Allan McGregor.

There was a suggestion that the corner that led to the goal should not have been given as it was Yaya Sanogo who got the last touch and not the Hull defender.

Olivier Giroud hit the cross bar with a flying header at the start of extra time before he turned provider on 109 minutes, back heeling the ball into the path of Ramsay who poked it inside McGregor’s near post.

Despite the defeat, Hull were a credit to themselves and their city, and the 25,000 fans who had followed them to the capital stayed in good number to applaud their efforts on what will still go down as one of the club’s greatest days.

Full-time: Hull players sink to their knees as Arsenal fans begin their celebrations. 120 absorbing minutes. What a game. Well done Hull. Hell, well done both teams.

116 minutes: Is that the chance Hull will live to rue? Sone Aluko latches onto a long ball, rounds Fabianski and from the narrowest of angles cuts his shot back too far. Agonising for the Hull fans.

109 minutes; Goal, Arsenal 3-2 Hull City; Aaron ramsey sends a dagger into the hearts of Tigers fans, stabbing the ball home after neat build-up play involving Yaya Sanogo and Oliver Giroud

102 minutes: Final change by Steve Bruce, Liam Rosenior replaced by George Boyd. More attacking but more to do with fitness I think. Hull players looking dead on their feet.

HT in ET: Hull City are hanging on for dear life against Arsenal as the FA Cup final heads into the second half of extra time.

Hull, who led 2-0 after eight minutes through James Chester and Curtis Davies, were pegged back by Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny.

Olivier Giroud headed against the bar at the start of extra time and the Tigers, with 15 minutes remaining, are struggling to get any forward momentum and look like a team dead on their feet, waiting for penalties.

102 minutes: Final change by Steve Bruce, Liam Rosenior replaced by George Boyd. More attacking but more to do with fitness I think. Hull players looking dead on their feet.

97 minutes: Tired start to extra time by Hull, a sloppy pass from Livermore and Ramsey delivers a stinging shot which McGregor holds on to.

94 minutes: Lucky escape for Hull as Curtis Davies is robbed of possession by Aaron Ramsey. His floated cross is met with a flying header by Olivier Giroud but it crashes against the cross bar.

Full-time: Arsenal 2-2 Hull City (extra time):

The FA Cup final is headed for extra time after Hull City were pegged back by Arsenal.

Hull are seeking to become the first Yorkshire club since Leeds United in 1972 to win the world’s most famous Cup competition.

And they looked good value to end that wait, and their own long search for a major trophy, when they went 2-0 up inside the first eight minutes with goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies, both opportunistic strikes from set-pieces.

Favourites Arsenal had been caught cold but got back into the game quickly through a delightful 25-yard free-kick from Santi Cazorla.

Arsenal exerted most of the pressure and were rewarded with an equaliser on 71 minutes when French defender Laurent Koscielny turned the ball home from close range after Bacary Sagna’s header had been deflected into his path.

Kieran Gibbs missed a golden opportunity to win it for Arsenal but Steve Bruce’s side remained dangerous on the break, especially with the fresh legs of Sone Aluko.

86 minutes: Curtis Davies in the referee’s notebook for a foul on Giroud. Ozil free-kick comes to nothing.

82 minutes: Terrific save from Allan McGregor to deny a snapshot volley from Olivier Giroud. Tigers have all 11 men behind the ball. A dangerous game???

79 minutes: Kieran Gibbs misses an absolute sitter from eight yards after good work by Arsenal substitute Yaya Sanogo.

74 minutes: Sone Aluko on for Stephen Quinn. Hull need to regroup now after that goal. Replays suggest the corner the equaliser came from, wasn’t a corner. Should Tigers fans be feeling hard done by??? they need to find a second wind, whatever their emotions.

71 minutes: Goal, Arsenal 2-2 Hull City; the Gunners are level. They have cranked up the pressure and have found an equaliser, a scruffy one at that as Laurent Koscielny spins on a Sagna header from Cazorla’s corner that deflects off of Giroud and into path of the French defender.

68 minutes: Arsenal have a penalty appeal turned down as Santi Cazorla falls under the challenge of Curtis Davies as he checks back inside. Arsenal fans in uproar. Tigers fans breathe a sigh of relief.

65 minutes: Great chance for Arsenal, Laurent Koscielny has a free header eight yards from goal but glances it wide. Warning sign for Hull though. Steve Bruce now making a change, it’s a defensive one, Paul McShane on for Alex Bruce.

60 minutes: First booking of the game, Tom Huddlestone in referee Lee Probert’s notebook for a foul on Cazorla.

56 minutes: Nice touch from Hull fans, a round of applause on 56 minutes to honour the Bradford fire victims. And Arsenal fans applaud too - nice touch all round.

55 mins: 10 minutes into the second half and Hull’s lead is intact. They’re getting a lot of space in behind an Arsenal team that is now chasing the game. Matty Fryatt, as Hull’s lone front man, has never let the Gunners’ defence have a minute’s peace.

54 mins: Alex Bruce getting medical attention on the edge of his own penalty area. Arsenal fans booing at perceived time-wasting. Looks genuine though.

50 mins: What’s this, a nervy start to the second half from both teams? Who told Arsenal and Hull to take their foot off the accelerator!

6pm: Back we come, Hull City lead Arsenal 2-1 and are 45 minutes away from the greatest moment in their history. How’s your nerves Tigers fans????

Half time: Arsenal 1 Hull City 2

Hull scored two early goals in a dream start to shock the Gunners.

James Chester and Curtis Davies scored from set-pieces to put Tigers in dreamland.

Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back on 16 minutes from a free-kick and since then, Arsenal have been the better team and created the clearer-cut chances.

However, Hull look dangerous on the break and will be delighted to have got to the break with their lead intact.

27 mins - Arsenal pressing now, Giroud has a shot blocked and then Podolski whistles a shot over the bar from long range.

22 mins - Arsenal should have had an equaliser but Mesut Ozil kicks at fresh air from Lucas Pdolski’s low cross and Hull survive.

16 mins - Goal, Arsenal pull one back, a delightful 25-yard free-kick from Santi Cazorla. 2-1 Hull, what a game!

11 mins - Kieran Gibbs heads Alex Bruce’s looping header off the line as Hull go hunting a third. Arsenal reeling - have they never practiced defending set-pieces?

9 mins - Goal, it gets better for City, Bruce header hits the post and Curtis Davies places home the rebound from an acute angle. Tigers fans in sheer unadulterated disbelief.

3 mins - Goal, Tigers 1-0 up as James Chester diverts Tom Huddlestone’s long range shot from a corner, beyond a stunned Lucas Fabianski. City fans go berserk!

5pm - here we go then, kickoff in the FA Cup final. Come on the Tigers


3.46pm: And the men to represent Hull today: McGregor; Davies Bruce Chester; Elmohamady Livermore Huddlestone Meyler Rosenior; Quinn; Fryatt.

3.45pm: Team are coming in, Arsenal: Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs; Arteta Ramsey; Cazorla Ozil Podolski; Giroud.

3.30pm: Big Dean Windass being interviewed on the big screen inside Wembley Stadium. Knows a thing or two about scoring important goals for Hull City at Wembley. Remember 2008 Tigers fans???

3.15pm: Some fantastic sights and sounds on Wembley Way. Full of people wearing the amber and black of the Tigers. Come on you Hull!

3.10pm: Whisperings from inside the Hull City dressing room, Stephen Quinn could start for the Tigers.

3.00pm: So here we are at Wembley, the 90,000-seater national stadium is empty but for a few stewards and a smattering of members of the press corps.

Kick-off is just two hours away as Hull prepare to take on Arsenal.