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Boateng was out to get me, says Ballack

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack accused Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng of purposely trying to hurt him after a tackle which left the Germany captain a doubt for the World Cup finals this summer.

Ballack had to leave Chelsea's 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Pompey just before half-time following a reckless challenge from Boateng.

Boateng, who missed a second-half penalty, was shown a yellow card by referee Chris Foy, but Ballack was adamant the Pompey player meant to harm him.

“I am more worried about my injury now,” said Ballack, who left Wembley with his right foot in a protective boot. I have seen it on TV and to say it was not on purpose means you have to be a friend of Boateng.

“Boateng was lucky to get away with a yellow but it is football and if the referee controls the game and decides it is no red card you have to accept it. I can walk on it, not quite comfortable but I can walk, which is not the worst thing. I don't think there is a break. We will have to wait until we have a scan, then we'll know more. Hopefully it won't stop me playing in the World Cup.

“I couldn't carry on but I hope it's not too bad. Injuries are not good but there is a little time to go yet until the World Cup.”

Meanwhile, Salomon Kalou has shrugged off one of the biggest blunders in FA Cup final history. Kalou was only six yards out with the goal at his mercy when he somehow conspired to smash Ashley Cole's cross against the crossbar.

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Thankfully for Kalou, his Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba hit the winner with a free-kick from 25 yards in the 58th minute.

“I was not worried at all when I hit the crossbar,” Kalou said. “It was a cup final and in the final you can never predict the score.

“As a team we worked hard and Didier Drogba did it at the end for us with a master free-kick, like he always does.”


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