BBC Clockwatch

All the action from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff where Liverpool win the FA Cup with an amazing 2-1 win over Arsenal. Courtesy of BBC clockwatch.

Team news: Michael Owen and Emile Heskey start in attack for Gerard Houllier's side, leaving Robbie Fowler on the bench.

Danny Murphy and Vladimir Smicer get the nod ahead of Patrik Berger and Gary McAllister in midfield.

Sylvain Wiltord partners compatriot Thierry Henry upfront for Arsenal, with Dennis Bergkamp on the bench.

Ashley Cole takes the left-back berth but there is no place even on the bench for Silvinho.

1 min: Arsenal get the 2001 FA Cup final underway.

1 min: Pires forces the first corner of the game for Arsenal but Westerveld claims the Frenchman's cross.

2 mins: Owen breaks at the other end but sees his cross turned away from the Arsenal goal by Adams.

3 mins: Henry breaks down the Arsenal left, beating Henchoz, but lacks the support to threaten the Liverpool goal.

6 mins: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard makes a fine sliding tackle on Sylvain Wiltord to halt the run of the Arsenal forward as the game continues at a rapid pace on a hot afternoon.

7 mins: Emile Heskey uses his pace and power to get away from Tony Adams but his appeals for a penalty as he goes down in the Arsenal box under Gilles Grimandi's challenge are waved away.

11 mins: A fantastic piece of skill from Patrick Vieira sets Pires away on the Arsenal left but after he switches the play to Lee Dixon on the right the move breaks down.

17 mins: Thierry Henry wastes the perfect opportunity to put Arsenal ahead.

Vieira robs Heskey in midfield and Ljungberg puts Henry clean through. He rounds Sander Westerveld but as he fires his shot goalwards the ball deflects off the arm of Stephane Henchoz and wide.

Arsenal are even denied a corner as both the assistant referee and the referee miss Henchoz's misdemeanour.

18 mins: Liverpool's Michael Owen is brought down by Patrick Vieira and the Arsenal man is spoken to by referee Dunn.

20 mins: It's Liverpool's turn to go close. Emile Heskey flicks on a throw-in and Arsenal are delighted to see Tony Adams block Michael Owen's crisp shot.

The ball rebounds out to Steven Gerrard who fires just over.

24 mins: Thierry Henry fires an overhead-kick off target following a cross from Wiltord as Arsenal threaten.

25 mins: Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld struggles to cope with an Arsenal corner but his defenders help him out and clear the danger.

26 mins: Henry leads another Arsenal attack but again his pace leaves many of his team-mates behind and Liverpool survive.

28 mins: Emile Heskey cuts inside from the Liverpool left but sees his shot blocked by Martin Keown.

30 mins: Gilles Grimandi tries his luck from long range but it is an easy save for Westerveld.

But it is Grimandi's Arsenal team-mate Patrick Vieira who is having a major influence on the game by winning his battle with Steven Gerrard.

34 mins: Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman misses with a punch aimed at a corner and is mightily relieved to be awarded a free-kick.

40 mins: Wiltord and Carragher enjoy a great battle on the Arsenal right, but the ball breaks off Wiltord and goes behind for a Liverpool goal kick.

43 mins: Henry is caught just offside as Arsenal continue to enjoy the better of the game, with Liverpool content to get numbers behind the ball.

45 mins: H/T: Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool: The first half ends goalless as the final so far fails to live up to its pre-match billing.

46 mins: Liverpool get the second half underway with neither side having made any changes at the break.

48 mins: Danny Murphy curls a free-kick in from the Liverpool right and Emile Heskey evades his marker to send a header goalwards.

But David Seaman reacts well to palm the effort away with his left hand.

51 mins: Henry helps a looping ball on to Wiltord but Markus Babbel deflects his volley behind for a corner which Liverpool survive.

53 mins: Westerveld palms away a Pires free-kick but there is little danger in this Arsenal attack.

54 mins: Robert Pires leads another Arsenal charge as the second half replicates the first period. But after forcing a corner Arsene Wenger's men are again unable to capitalise.

56 mins: Vieira produces the best tackle of the match to set Arsenal on the attack and after great play between Pires and Henry the latter is denied by Westerveld.

The loose ball falls to Ashley Cole and his effort is cleared off the line by Sami Hyypia.

57 mins: Dietmar Hamann is the first player to be booked as he brings down Vieira after a scrappy passage of play.

60 mins: A rare Liverpool attack breaks down as Emile Heskey is unable to locate strike partner Michael Owen.

61 mins: Gary McAllister replaces Hamann as Liverpool try to regain some sort of control on the game.

62 mins: Fredrik Ljungberg has his name taken by referee Dunn after a poor challenge on Smicer, but Arsenal clear McAllister's resultant free-kick.

65 mins: Westerveld is quickly out of his area as Vieira tries to put Henry through.

68 mins: Arsenal are denied by another goalline clearance. After Henry's effort is blocked Ljungberg chips the ball over Westerveld but Hyypia heads the ball off the line.

Still the danger is not cleared but Henry's tame effort is firmly turned away.

72 mins: A poor clearance from Westerveld is eventually played to Pires and he sends Fredrik Ljungberg through.

The Swede rounds the Liverpool keeper and fires Arsenal ahead. Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool.

74 mins: Henry wastes a great chance to extend Arsenal's lead. He checks back inside Henchoz but is brilliantly denied by Westerveld.

Still the French striker has another opportunity as the loose ball drops to him but his weak effort is cleared off the line, yet again by Hyypia.

76 mins: Arsenal send on Ray Parlour in place of Wiltord as they look to retain their lead.

77 mins: Liverpool respond immediately, taking off Murphy and Smicer and introducing Patrik Berger and Robbie Fowler.

81 mins: Michael Owen is almost presented with a great opportunity to get Liverpool back on terms after Gerrard's through ball, but Martin Keown gets back to put in a fine challenge.

82 mins: Ljungberg fires wide when Arsenal are in a good position.

83 mins: Michael Owen levels proceedings with a fine finish as Arsenal fail to clear a left-wing Liverpool free-kick.

The English striker turns and fires into the bottom corner of Seaman's net. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

84 mins: Berger sees an effort charged downas Liverpool are given a renewed sense of belief.

85 mins: Kanu replaces Ljungberg as Arsenal look to reinforce their attack again.

88 mins: Owen is on target again. He outpaces Lee Dixon and then from a narrow angle brilliantly fires across the face of Seaman's goal into the bottom corner. Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool

90 mins: Dennis Bergkamp replaces Lee Dixon as Arsene Wenger tries one last throw of the dice.

91 mins: Three minutes of added time are signalled as Westerveld comfortably saves Keown's header.

93 mins: Robbie Fowler is denied by David Seaman as Liverpool miss the chance to make the game safe.

Full-time: Fowler's miss was not crucial as the final whistle goes and despite having been second best for much of the game, Liverpool win the FA Cup thanks to the brilliance of Michael Owen.


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