Hazard Fires Chelsea To FA Cup Glory  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0

FA Cup WinnersEden Hazard delivered a potential parting gift to Antonio Conte as Chelsea edged Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup for the eighth time.

Hazard calmly converted a 22nd-minute penalty after being brought down by Phil Jones and it proved decisive as the Blues avenged last year's defeat to Arsenal and ended a tumultuous campaign on a high note.

Conte had conceded before the game that victory here may not save him from the sack after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League, but the Italian ends a sour season with silverware, serving up a first cup final defeat in England to old foe Jose Mourinho in the process.

United, who had been forced to start Romelu Lukaku on the bench following injury, failed to have a shot on target in a disjointed first half but despite dominating after the break, were repeatedly denied by Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, as well as an offside flag when Alexis Sanchez thought he had struck back.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Courtois (8), Azpilicueta (6), Cahill (8), Rudiger (7), Moses (6), Fabregas (6), Kante (8), Bakayoko (6), Alonso (6), Hazard (8), Giroud (6).

Subs: Morata (5), Willian (5).

Man Utd: De Gea (6), Valencia (5), Smalling (6), Jones (5), Young (5), Herrera (6), Matic (6), Pogba (5), Lingard (5), Rashford (6), Sanchez (5).

Subs: Mata (5), Lukaku (6), Martial (6).

Man of the match: Eden Hazard

Both sides paid tribute to the late Ray Wilkins, giant banners unfurled in the sun and shade of Wembley, before a cagey start on the pitch that betrayed a raucous atmosphere in the stands.

Hazard crafted the first chance, shuffling his shoulders as he cut inside and forced David de Gea to divert the ball to safety with an outstretched right boot.

Michael Oliver waved away a penalty appeal from Tiemoue Bakayoko, the Chelsea man tripping himself up despite dangerous pressure from Nemanja Matic, but when Hazard burst through on goal and Jones slid in desperately, Oliver pointed to the spot.

Judged to have made a genuine attempt to win the ball, Jones reprieved under new punishment rules with yellow rather than red, but Hazard served up further punishment as he held his nerve to slot low.

United, thwarted repeatedly on the edge of the area and too often forced sideways, toiled as Paul Pogba lashed wide and the wasteful Sanchez ballooned over from range. Jones met a ball at the back post with shoulder rather than head, before Marcus Rashford shot weakly as a promising end to the half saw United fans nevertheless call for Romelu Lukaku.

Rashford forced Courtois into a double-handed punch and then palm clear as United returned with belated drive and the noise level raised in Wembley's West End.

It was the England youngster's ball that Courtois eventually pushed into Sanchez's path shortly after the hour-mark but though the Chilean squeezed in the ball at the back stick, the offside was raised and proved right by video replays.

Up the other end, Marcos Alonso shot straight at De Gea before another flashpoint saw the ball kept alive by Victor Moses bounce off Ashley young's arm. Video technology cleared him of intent but Mourinho, sensing the need to maintain momentum, called for Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

Nemanja Matic took late aim, harried by the tireless N'Golo Kante, before Paul Pogba headed wide when Olivier Giroud slipped, but the equaliser remained elusive and Conte, whatever the future holds, celebrated with triumphant fists in the air.


Chelsea Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill (c), Rudiger, Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso, Hazard (Willian 90), Giroud (Morata 89)
Subs Not Used Caballero, Barkley, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Pedro
Booked Courtois
Goals Hazard 22 (pen)

Manchester United de Gea, Valencia (c), Smalling, Jones (Mata 87), Young, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Lingard (Martial 73), Rashford (Lukaku 73), Sanchez
Subs Not Used Romero, Bailly, Darmain, McTominay
Booked Jones, Valencia


Referee Michael Oliver

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