Chelsea 4 – 1 Arsenal (May-29-2019) UEFA Europa League Highlights

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Chelsea 4 – 1 Arsenal – Maurizio Sarri celebrates! Chelsea have thumped Arsenal to win the Europa League. Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea beat Arsenal in the Europa League final to give manager Maurizio Sarri the first trophy of his career.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring against his old club with a wonderful header and Pedro swept past the retiring Petr Cech from Hazard’s cross.

Having set up the second, the Belgian scored a penalty to make it 3-0.

Alex Iwobi gave Arsenal hope with a swerving 20-yard strike but Hazard smashed home Giroud’s cross to seal it.

It was a London derby low on atmosphere, 2,500 miles away from home with plenty of empty seats, and those who were there witnessed a dull first half.

But the second half burst into life with the last four goals coming in the space of 12 minutes.

Arsenal miss out on a Champions League place next season as a result of their defeat in Azerbaijan.

Chelsea 4 – 1 Arsenal | UEFA Europa League – Final – Match Highlights

    [*]49′ 1 – 0 Giroud heads in opener for Chelsea against former club! There’s the early goal I ordered! It’s a belter too from the Europa League specialist Olivier Giroud! Emerson hits an early, flat cross from the left and Giroud gets across his defender to send in a flying, thumping header into the corner from about 12 yards out. He doesn’t want to celebrate against his old club but sort of half does. My first instinct was that Petr Cech maybe should have done better but on second viewing that’s a brilliant header.[*]

    60′ 2 – 0 Pedro doubles Blues’ lead! Game over? Absolutely clinical from Pedro, eight years after scoring against Manchester United in the Champions League final, he’s at it again. Eden Hazard gets on the left of the area, finds the right pass, of course, and Pedro rather scuffs a left-footed finish across Petr Cech and into the corner. Unai Emery punches the air in disgust.

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    65′ 3 – 0 [Penalty Goal] Eden Hazard scores from spot after foul on Giroud! It looks like Eden Hazard will be signing off with a trophy and a goal bonus in the pocket. The Belgian number 10 sends Petr Cech the wrong way and just passes it into the back of the net.

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    69′ 3 – 1 Alex Iwobi fires in for Gunners! Have some of that! What a goal that is! Out of nothing. Arsenal have a corner, it’s not dealt with and Alex Iwobi, who’s only just come on, lets it bounce about 22 yards out and then just nonchalantly sends a dipping shot into the far corner with the outside of his boot! Wonderful, wonderful technique. Are we on for another sensational fightback.

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    72′ 4 – 1 Eden Hazard strokes home his second! Comeback; stalled. At half-time I rather fancifully called for a 4-3 classic and we’re on for it now! What a second half. And what a goal that is. Eden Hazard sends Olivier Giroud into the penalty area, wide left. He brings out a lob wedge to lift the ball back into the path of Hazard, and he controls a calm finish past Petr Cech and into the back of the net. Beautifully taken.