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The 1998 Coca-Cola Cup Final was a football match played between Chelsea and Middlesbrough on 29 March 1998 at Wembley Stadiummarker. Chelsea, under new manager Gianluca Vialli, won with two extra time goals and would go on to win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup later that season. Middlesbrough's second consecutive defeat in the final was followed by promotion back to the Premier League after just one season.

The game itself was not one of the great finals; both teams were restricted to shots from distance. This all changed in extra time when Chelsea took control. Frank Sinclair, a villain in the 1994 FA Cup Final defeat when conceding a penalty and slipping to allow Mark Hughes to score, became the hero in this match. He started the move that ended with his header finding the corner of the Middlesbrough net to open the scoring. Chelsea's second goal came from Roberto Di Matteo. A corner played into the near post was not cleared by the Boro defence and Di Matteo was able to side foot the ball into the net on the half-volley. Di Matteo had come back to haunt Middlesbrough as he had scored the opening goal when the same sides met in the 1997 FA Cup Final the previous season. Once again Chelsea had won 2-0.

Match facts

GK 1 Ed de Goey
RWB 2 Dan Petrescu
CB 5 Frank Leboeuf
CB 12 Michael Duberry
CB 20 Frank Sinclair
LWB 14 Graeme Le Saux
CM 16 Roberto Di Matteo
CM 11 Dennis Wise
CM 24 Eddie Newton
CF 25 Gianfranco Zola
CF 10 Mark Hughes
GK 13 Kevin Hitchcock
DF 6 Steve Clarke
CF 19 Tore André Flo
Gianluca Vialli
GK 1 Mark Schwarzer
RB 18 Gianluca Festa
CB 5 Nigel Pearson
CB 4 Steve Vickers
LB 17 Vladimír Kinder
MF 7 Robbie Mustoe
MF 10 Paul Merson
MF 15 Neil Maddison
MF 14 Andy Townsend
CF 19 Hamilton Ricard
CF 9 Marco Branca
DF 2 Curtis Fleming
MF 8 Paul Gascoigne
CF 12 Mikkel Beck
Bryan Robson

Road to Wembley


Round 3: Chelsea 1–1 Blackburn Roversmarker
(Chelsea won 4–1 on penalties)

Round 4: Chelsea 2–1 Southampton

Quarter-final: Ipswich Town 2–2 Chelsea
(Chelsea won 4–1 on penalties)

Semi-final, 1st leg: Arsenal 2–1 Chelsea

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Chelsea 3–1 Arsenal


Round 2, 1st leg: Middlesbrough 1–0 Barnet

Round 2, 2nd leg: Barnet 0–2 Middlesbrough

Round 3: Middlesbrough 2–0 Sunderland
Round 4: Middlesbrough 1–1 Bolton Wanderers

Quarter-final: Reading 0–1 Middlesbrough
Semi-final, 1st leg: Liverpool 2–1 Middlesbrough

Semi-final, 2nd leg: Middlesbrough 2–0 Liverpool

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