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February 24, 2013
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 82997
N. Dyer 16', 48'
J. de Guzmán 59', 90'+
Well, that's all from me - Tom McKeown - this afternoon. Remember to stick with Goal.com for all the reaction, and head over to our LIVE blog for coverage of the trophy presentation. Goodbye for now!
So, no fairytale ending for League Two's Bradford, but it's an incredible moment for Swansea. They were overwhelming favourites, but managed to avoid any potential upset with an excellent display.
And that is that! SWANSEA HAVE WON THE CAPITAL ONE CUP! It was a ruthless, clinical display from the Premier League side, who never gave Bradford a chance.
90' + 3'
Hernandez cuts in from the right yet again, but his cross is cleared away to deny Swansea a chance for a sixth goal.
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
GoalJonathan De Guzmán
GOAL!! DE GUZMAN MAKES IT FIVE!! After McLaughlan makes a superb save from Michu, Routledge's rebound rockets off the bar and post. The ball is spread wide to Rangel who fires a low cross in, and De Guzman gets in front of the defender to prod the ball into the corner and seal a magnificent day for Laudrup's men.
Bradford have another free kick on the halfway line, but substitute Hines can't get an effort away and Swansea clear. Not long to go before Swansea are confirmed winners.
Williams makes an important clearance from the corner and Bradford get the throw. Jones tries a 30-yard effort but it hits a defender before the midfielder hits another effort, this time a tame volley which rolls through to Tremmel. And that was their first shot of the match.
Jones wins a free kick inside the Swansea half, and Davies heads the ball across goal but De Guzman gets across to clear for a corner. Incredibly, it's Bradford's first of the match.
Roland Lamah has a chance to break down the right and cross, but chooses to go it alone and is eventually shut out as the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
Swansea continue to move the ball around very well, feeling for gaps but not in any rush to get through. Bradford eventually win a free kick before Dwight Tiendalli comes on for Ben Davies.
Atkinson cuts out a pass in midfield and Bradford have a chance to string some passes together. Jones tries to break through the middle but he runs into trouble and surrenders possession.
Hernandez skips past two challenges before firing a cross in from the right, which Andrew Davies does well to head away for a corner.
So, no hat-trick for Dyer as he gets substituted. He doesn't seem particularly impressed, sharing a few choice words with Laudrup as he strolls off the pitch.
Michu plays it to Dyer on the edge of the box, but the midfielder is stopped in his tracks by Darby. Hernandez then takes a shot from distance which deflects out for a corner.
The game has now slowed right down. If Swansea really wanted to they could probably get a hatful, but they're in no rush. Laudrup's men are moving the ball around as comfortably as ever.
Dyer, clearly desperate for his third goal, has half a chance from 25 yards but blasts a speculative effort high and wide.
The Swansea fans are applauding the Bradford supporters for staying with their team throughout. A nice touch.
Hernandez almost has a great chance after skipping past one defender but he can't pass a second. The midfielder then wins a corner which comes short to him, and his cross nearly sets up a chance for Williams who can't quite get a decent effort away as it rolls through to McLaughlan.
Jones plays it wide to McHugh in an advanced position, and the defender thinks he's won a corner but it didn't go out of play, and he then tries a volleyed cross which goes straight to a white shirt.
Rangel tries another cross from the right-hand side, but the Bradford defence again manages to hack it away. This is possibly the most one-sided cup final ever.
Jones is caught in possession by Britton, who feeds Michu, and the striker tries to slide a ball through for Dyer but it's shut out by McArdle.
Routledge sets Rangel loose with an excellent ball through the defence, but his cross is cleared and Laudrup throws on Swansea legend Garry Monk for Ki.
It's nearly five and Michu exchanges passes with Dyer before side-footing a low effort inces wide of the post. Phil Parkinson's men must be thinking of nothing more than damage limitation, now.
Such a shame for Bradford, that. The referee had no choice to give it though, and this is in serious danger of turning into a rout.
Penalty GoalJonathan De Guzmán
DE GUZMAN MAKES IT FOUR!! After much arguing over the spot-kick, with Dyer wanting his hat-trick, De Guzman eventually steps up and strokes the ball into the bottom corner past substitute goalkeeper Jon McLaughlan.
Red CardMatt Duke
PENALTY TO SWANSEA!! AND A RED CARD FOR MATT DUKE!! That's a huge blow for the already-dejected Bradford as Dyer rounds the goalkeeper and is brought down before he can poke it into the net.
Davies handles it and Bradford launch a free kick into the box. Hanson can't divert a header towards goal and Atkinson follows up with a shot which is blocked and goes out for a throw.
It's settled back down into the familiar rhythm again, with Swansea enjoying plenty of time on the ball. Routledge dinks a cross in from the left but it goes all the way out the other side.
Routledge has space in the middle and tries to set Davies free on the left, but it ricochets back into his path and he crosses it into the box instead, only for Bradford to clear.
Swansea surely have it wrapped up now. The Swans back in possession once more.
GOAL!! Dyer puts Swansea out of sight!! Bradford start brightly, but Doyle's pass is cut out by Ki, who sets Dyer on his way. The winger plays it into Routledge on the edge of the box, and he rolls it straight back through for Dyer, who cuts on to his left foot and fires it into the top corner with an excellent finish.
Andrew Davies replaces Good as Bradford get the ball rolling in the second half, now attacking towards their own fans.
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the Bradford dressing room! What will Phil Parkinson have told his players? We're moments away from the restart at Wembley.
More from Tom Doyle now, who is defining his role for us today: "If you needed cold hard stats to explain that first half in any way, Bradford are yet to take a single shot at Swansea's goal. It doesn't take an idiot to suggest that they'll have to change things up for a result today, but I'll be that willing idiot just for you."
Is there any way back for Bradford? The army of fans who have travelled down from Yorkshire will certainly be hoping so. While the Bantams created nothing, it's hard to ignore Swansea's superb passing.
Time for some thoughts at the break from Mr Tom Doyle: "So what have the Bantams got left? They'll have to change things around and fast as Michael Laudrup's side couldn't have hoped for a better first half. Nathan Dyer and Michu have struck to put the top flight side firmly in control, but Phil Parkinson's men know they can compete with the best in this cup. Have they got one last shock left in them?"
And that's HALF-TIME at Wembley. Swansea go in 2-0 up and looking incredibly comfortable. To call this one-sided would be something of an understatement.
45' + 1'
Hernandez finds Davies with an excellent diagonal pass, but the full-back can't keep the ball in play and it goes out for a goal kick.
Hanson wins another header deep in Swansea's half, but with no team-mates near him he can't direct the ball anywhere other than towards a white shirt.
Another chance! Routledge is released by De Guzman and the winger belts a first-time effort towards Duke's near post but the goalkeeper diverts it behind.
Dyer springs the offside trap but is forced wide by Duke. The winger lays it back to Michu but the ball is eventually lost and Bradford scramble it out of play for a throw.
GOAL!! Michu doubles the lead!! Hernandez finds the striker on the edge of the box with a sublime pass, and he's given plenty of time to turn, pick his spot, and curl a low left-footed effort through McArdle's legs and into the far corner past a helpless Duke.
Yellow CardKi Sung-Yueng
Wells is floored by Ki out on the left, earning the defender a yellow card. Jones launches it into the box but Thompson's header is cleared by Williams.
Britton does well to cut out Hanson's pass and Swansea knock it back to Tremmel, whose clearance goes straight through to the Bradford defence.
Michu and Hernandez link up superbly, with the former darting into the box before trying to find Dyer, but McHugh does well to cut out the danger and clear.
Bradford desperately need a change of gameplan here. They are producing absolutely nothing and it's all too easy for Laudrup's men at the moment.
Routledge tries to play the ball through for Dyer's run down the middle, but Rory McArdle cuts it out. Swansea win the ball back again though and continue to pass it around comfortably.
Dyer tries his luck on the left, but Stephen Darby stands firm and diverts the cross behind for a corner. The ball comes out on to the edge of the box and Leon Britton tries a first-time effort which flies well wide of the target.
Laudrup's side are still in possession. They've had 75 per cent of it in this first half. Michu knocks it back to Dyer from the corner flag, and the goalscorer tries to poke it through for Pablo Hernandez but the ball rolls through to Duke.
The early zip of the game has really dissipated now. It's almost like a training session for Swansea, who have so much time on the ball. Rangel tries to get past Good in the box and the two tangle, with the referee awarding a free kick to the defender.
Bradford have a throw deep inside the Swansea half. Nathan Doyle looks for Hanson on the edge of the box but Williams nods the ball away.
It's almost slowed down to walking pace now as Swansea take their time in possession. They're relishing all the space. Rangel bursts down the right and floats a ball into the middle looking for Michu but it's cleared for a corner.
Wembley sounds much quieter than it did at the start of the game. There hasn't been very much for the Bradford fans to cheer about at the moment.
Good finds James Hanson with a long ball forward and he knocks it down to captain Gary Jones. A first real decent spell of possession from Bradford, here, before Duke slices a clearance straight out for a throw.
Williams does well to stop Wells in his tracks and the leaders have the ball. It's been very comfortable for them so far.
Wells snatches possession in midfield and bursts forward, but can't make anything of the move and Bradford are forced backwards before the ball is eventually lost all the way through to Tremmel.
GOAL!! Dyer puts Swansea in front! It's a quick break forward from Routledge and he rolls it out to Michu, whose left-footed effort is saved by Duke but Dyer is quick to get to the rebound and force the ball home from close range.
Michu almost gets in behind the defence but it breaks out to Dyer who lays back to Rangel, and the defender whips a cross in towards the far post which is met by Davies with a header across goal which skips past Duke's post.
James Hanson flicks a header on looking for Wells, but the striker can't get it under control and it runs through to Gerhard Tremmel. Bradford are allowing Swansea plenty of time on the ball in their own half.
There's a first push forward from Bradford as Curtis Good aims a cross into the box which the Swansea defence deals with comfortably.
De Guzman lifts the ball down the right for Angel Rangel to chase. The full-back launches the ball into the area but Duke gathers comfortably. Nahki Wells challenges in the air at the other end but it goes out for a throw to Swansea.
Carl McHugh does well to cut out Ben Davies' diagonal ball aimed for Michu, and blasts it out for a throw. Swansea in possession yet again.
The flag goes up as Wayne Routledge is caught offside, while both managers are up on their feet directing the sides.
Matt Duke collects the ball after Jonathan de Guzman's pass slips away from Michu. The Bantams are sitting very deep and Swansea are knocking the ball around comfortable so far.
Swansea are dominating the early possession here. Dyer can't find Michu with another cross from the right but Michael Laudrup's side retain possession before Will Atkinson breaks down the left for Bradford. Swansea eventually tidy up and win the ball back, though.
Nathan Dyer gets forward down the right and swings in a low cross looking for Michu, but it comes off a defender and goes out for a corner which Bradford manage to hack away.
Swansea get the game started. Who will have their name on the trophy?
Preamble done. The teams are ready. Here we go...
More from Tom Doyle: "The sides are out on the pitch and Fabrice Muamba leads the Capital One Cup delegation in shaking the player's hands. It's a wonderful sight after the horrific circumstances which forced him to reitre from professional football."
The teams have just come out to rapturous applause and over-the-top pyrotechnics. We're not far away from kick off now. Excited yet? You should be.
Tom Doyle is at Wembley for us this afternoon, the lucky chap. He's got a bit more on that Swansea side for us: "Chico Flores misses out for the Swans today through injury, and Michael Laudrup has elected to start Ki Sung-Yeung in centre defence rather than Garry Monk due to the midfielder's greater ability on the ball. 'I think we will have a lot of possession,' he told Sky Sports. 'I tried [Ki] in a cup game against Crawley as a central defender and did very well, and I'm confident he will do the same today.'"
This really has been an amazing competition this year. Bradford - the first fourth division side to play in the final since 1962 - have had an incredible run, already knocking out Premier League opposition in the form of Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa. Swansea will surely go into the game as favourites, but can the Bantams spring yet another surprise?
SWANSEA: Tremmel; Rangel, Ki, Williams, Davies; Britton, de Guzman; Routledge, Dyer, Hernandez; Michu. // SUBS: Vorm, Monk, Tiendalli, Shechter, Agustien, Lamah, Moore.
BRADFORD: Duke; Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Good; Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Atkinson; Hanson, Wells. // Subs: Reid, McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Connell, Hines, Turgott, Davies.
The teams are in, so let's take a look...
Yes, it's a mouth-watering Capital One Cup final at Wembley this afternoon, as League Two's Bradford City take on Premier League side Swansea. I'm Tom McKeown and I'll be here to guide you through all the match action. It should be an absolute belter.
OK, hands up. Who expected these two finalists?
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