Date: 20th May 2018 at 7:42am
Written by:
Chelsea
1 – 0
Manchester United

Wembley Sadium

FA Cup

19/05/2018 5:15 pm

Attendance: 87647

Referee: Michael Oliver

Chelsea Manchester United
Hazard (22 pen)
Courtois
 
De Gea
Azpilicueta Valencia
 
Cahill Jones
 
87
Rudiger Smalling
Moses Young
Alonso Matic
Kante Pogba
Bakayoko Herrera
Fabregas Lingard 73
Giroud 89 Rashford 73
Hazard 91 Sanchez

Substitutes

Caballero Romero
Barkley Bailly
Morata 89 Mata 87
Zappacosta Lukaku 73
Pedro Martial 73
Willian 91 Darmian
Chalobah McTominay

Game Statistics

6 Goal attempts 18
3 On Target 5
5 Corners 9
11 Fouls 13
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
34 % 66

Okay, it wasn’t the best of FA Cup Finals was it, but does the performance really matter on an occasion like this?

When there’s silverware at stake, I firmly belong to the camp where the result means everything, I’d rather reflect on a 1-0 win than a 3-2 defeat, wouldn’t you?

Antonio Conte had a plan for this game and the side he selected went along with it. Everyone who got the opportunity to play did everything that was asked of them.

Being Italian, Conte was never going to go gung-ho, any risks taken were going to be cool and calculated and the reward came in the twenty-second minute when a superb ball from Fabregas released Hazard.

In all honesty, Jones did well to catch Hazard as he sped away, but the centre-back was never going to be able to win the ball cleanly when travelling at that pace and whilst also having to make a ball-winning tackle.

As a consequence, Hazard was fouled in the area and Michael Oliver quite rightly gave a penalty.

Hazard stepped up and as cool as you like played his waiting game, urging De Gea to go one way and then calmly putting the ball in the opposite corner.

From that moment on Chelsea had something to hang onto, a lead to protect and they did it superbly. Sure, there were some nervy moments, but somebody always came to the rescue, whether it was Azpilicueta with some superb blocks, Rudiger with some old-fashioned hefty clearances or Courtois with some saves in what was his best game for Chelsea for some time.

Cue the final whistle, the job had been done, savour the moment, winning a major trophy is an achievement most clubs don’t sample, just ask Manchester United who ended the season without any silverware.

 

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