LONDON — Aaron Ramsey ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought, completing his team’s comeback in extra time in the FA Cup final to clinch a 3-2 victory over Hull City.
Saturday was shaping up as an embarrassing day for Arsenal at Wembley Stadium, when Hull scored twice in the first eight minutes. Hull has never won a major trophy in its 110-year history.
But after goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies, Santi Cazorla began Arsenal’s comeback in the 17th minute by scoring directly from a free kick.
Laurent Koscielny tied the score in the 71st minute to force the game into extra time, where Ramsey completed a slick move to score the goal that will ease the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
“This one’s for the manager, for the fans, who’ve always believed in us as well even when things weren’t going as well,” Ramsey said.
After collecting the team’s first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, Wenger was doused in champagne and thrown in the air by his players.
“I think it was a turning point in the lifetime of this team,” Wenger said. “And to know they can win in that way was very important today.”
Wenger’s future was in doubt after Arsenal’s repeated failures in the Premier League since winning it in 2004. But Saturday’s victory will increase expectations that the Frenchman will commit to the club he has managed since 1996. He has already indicated he will sign a contract for next season.
“We showed great strength and character today to come back to win it,” the 23-year-old Ramsey said. “To score the winner in extra time is something I’ve dreamed of for many, many years.”
GERMAN CUP: In Berlin, Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller struck in extra time for Bayern Munich to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the final for the double in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge.
Robben scored in the 107th minute when Jerome Boateng intercepted Roman Weidenfeller’s throw out and then crossed for the Dutchman at the far post.
It set up a frenetic finale with Dortmund pushing for the equalizer that would have taken the game to penalties.
Mueller rounded Weidenfeller to wrap up the win in extra time.
MATCH ABANDONED: A soccer match in Cyprus to determine the league title was abandoned by the referee.
Demetrias Masias ended Saturday’s season finale between APOEL Nicosia and AEL Limassol in the 51st minute with the score tied 0-0.
It was not immediately clear what caused the match to be abandoned at Limassol’s Tsirion stadium. But APOEL spokesman Nectarios Petevinos says that the team’s Brazilian defender, Kaka, had stitches for a head injury after a firecracker went off under the APOEL bench.