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Chelsea wins 2018/19 Europa League (Match report)

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Chelsea has won the 2018/19 Europa league after defeating Arsenal 4-1 in Baku. Eden Hazard was the star of the match as he scored twice as Sarri celebrated.

The blues denied their rivals a route into the Champions League with a convincing Europa League final victory.

In what is touted as his final game for Chelsea, as Madrid lurks around the corner, Eden Hazard proved himself to be the man of the moment,

He struck two second half goals to confirm Chelsea’s second triumph in six seasons in this competition. Eden Hazard is not the first player to score a brace in the final of a major UEFA competition for an English club since Mark Hughes for Manchester United against Barcelona in the 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup final.

That wasn’t all.

Olivier Giroud sparked the landslide against his former employers in the 49th minute before Pedro put a second past retiring Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Alex Iwobi pulled one back in between Hazard’s double but Arsenal faded horribly after half-time and, having finished fifth in the Premier League, are now consigned to another season outside the Champions League.

Kepa Arrizabalaga exuded nerves early with a poor punch and was fortunate that referee Gianluca Rocchi overlooked a slight touch on Alexandre Lacazette when the forward went to ground in the 18th minute.

Cech, Chelsea’s keeper in their 2013 success, appeared a picture of calm at the other end.

The 37-year-old parried an Emerson Palmieri shot and then brilliantly clawed away Giroud’s angled effort.

He could do little to stop the striker a second time, however, with World Cup winner Giroud stooping to nod in Emerson’s cross from the left.

Arsenal’s encouraging start had fallen apart and Hazard teed up Pedro to slide in Chelsea’s second with an hour played, before Ainsley Maitland-Niles bundled into Giroud’s back.

Chelsea’s talismanic Belgian made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick, although substitute Iwobi momentarily give Unai Emery’s men a glimmer of hope courtesy of a thunderous volley.

But the Emery’s bid for a fourth Europa League crown was shattered within three minutes, Hazard capping off a classy combination with the tournament’s top scorer Giroud to completing the humiliation.

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