The FA (Football Association) Cup Final played between Liverpool and Wimbledon was possibly one of the greatest cup final matches of recent times, not so much in terms of a playing spectacle but in terms of massive underdogs playing huge favourites. The match was played at Wembley Stadium on the 14th May 1988.
Liverpool had been the dominant force in English football during the 1980’s and had just been crowned as First Division Champions for the 1988 season as Wimbledon finished in a respectable 7th place, but a massive 33 points behind Liverpool. That seasons league fixtures had resulted in a 1-1 draw and 2-1 victory to Liverpool at Anfield.
Wimbledon had only been elected to the Football league in 1977 and had made a rapid rise up the divisions to reach the First Division in 1986, they were renowned for their tough tackling, long ball approach, while Liverpool were renowned for their short passing, skillful game.
As Liverpool looked to complete a consecutive League and FA Cup ufabet เว็บออนไลน์อันดับ1 double, Wimbledon had other ideas. The plan from the outset was to stifle Liverpool and give them very little time with the ball, and it worked.
Liverpool still managed to create chances however and thought they had taken the lead when Peter Beardsley scored, but the goal was disallowed as the referee had awarded an earlier free kick. Dave Beasant the Wimbledon goalkeeper was in great form, each time the Reds pushed forward, if they did beat the defenders, Beasant was there to deny them.
Just before half time Wimbledon took a shock lead, from a free kick Lawrie Sanchez scored with a header to give the Dons a 1-0 lead. The question was, could they hold onto the lead for the rest of the game.
Liverpool continued to look for an equalising goal in the second half and were awarded a penalty after John Aldridge was alleged to have been fouled. Aldridge himself stood up to take the penalty, but Beasant in the Wimbledon goal had done his homework; as predicted Aldridge sent the kick to his left and he made the save, giving him the honour of being the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final and Aldridge the dubious honour of being the first player to miss.