Duff picks up first silverware with Chelsea

 

Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0
( Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)

Chelsea were crowned the inaugural FA Premier League Asia Cup champions in Kuala Lumpur this evening, beating Newcastle in a thrilling sudden-death penalty shoot-out.

With Chelsea leading 5-4, Newcastle midfielder Jermain Jenas missed the crucial spot-kick.

The England midfielder tried to chip Carlo Cudicini, but his effort floated high over the crossbar.

Jenas was left with his head in his hands and Bobby Robson, apoplectic on the sidelines, with that familiar feeling of losing a penalty shoot-out.

The two sides had fought out an exciting, but goalless, 90 minutes in which Chelsea appeared the most dangerous.

First-choice strike duo Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen linked cleverly but Newcastle goalkeeper Given was in top form, keeping the blue tide at bay and pulling off a magnificent second-half save to deny Lampard from 25 yards.

It was not all one-way traffic, though, with Newcastle threatening in the first half through Shola Ameobi.

Robson then introduced his big guns at the interval but neither Dyer nor Bellamy could make the most of their chances when sent through after superb vision from Hugo Viana.

Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri introduced new signing Damien Duff with 10 minutes remaining, but despite the audible expectation of the crowd each time he got possession, the Irishman could not force the breakthrough.