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Chelsea v Manchester United Live Commentary, 19/05/2018

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E. Hazard (22 pen)
Wembley Stadium


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Chelsea have won the FA Cup for the eighth time in their history. Eden Hazard's strike from the penalty spot was enough to secure the victory over Manchester United after the Belgian was brought down by Phil Jones in the box. The Red Devils put forward a decent performance in the second half, but the Blues' rearguard was stoic throughout the contest. United were unable to find the breakthrough, allowing Chelsea to hold out for the crown. Antonio Conte secures his second trophy in English football in his second season in charge at Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho's men end the campaign without silverware for the second time in four years.
90' + 6' The referee ends the contest.
90' + 6' Mata is forced to concede a corner to stop Willian's run into the box. It should be game over.
90' + 5' Sanchez lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but Courtois comes off his line to make a comfortable claim. That could be it for United's hopes.
90' + 4' United pile men forward into the Chelsea box and they win a corner on the left flank.
T. Courtois
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Courtois is booked for timewasting.
90' + 3' OVER! Valencia lifts a cross into the box from the right flank and Matic rises highest to head at goal, but he guides his effort over the bar.
90' + 2' Rudiger makes an important challenge to stop Sanchez's progress reaching the Chelsea half.
E. Hazard
90' + 1' Hazard makes way for Willian. That could be an interesting call if United get a goal back.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
O. Giroud
89' Morata replaces Giroud for the Blues.
89' Hazard's trickery in the corner earns his side a set-piece to take further time off the clock.
88' Young lift a cross into the middle that is not attacked by a United forward, but Rudiger heads away from danger, despite the presence of Courtois behind him.
P. Jones
Manchester United
87' Mata replaces Jones for Mourinho's men.
85' WIDE! Chelsea leave Sanchez unmarked 25 yards from goal and the Chilean goes for the strike at goal. He gets power behind his shot, although not the accuracy, sending it well wide of the post.
83' MISS!! POGBA MISSES SITTER! United should be level as Pogba is left unmarked in the middle from Martial's corner. He has time and space in the middle of the box. However, the Frenchman can only guide his effort wide of the post. Agony for the Red Devils.
82' Martial goes on the charge and tries to break past Azpilicueta, and although the Chelsea man stands his ground, he concedes a corner in the process.
82' Hazard has space to attempt to twist and turn his way past Smalling, but the United man holds firm to make the challenge to deny the Belgian.
80' SAVE! Space opens up for Matic to line up a drive from distance and Courtois sees it all the way before punching it behind for a corner.
80' Pogba stands up a cross into the middle, but Courtois comes through a crowd of players to punch clear.
78' Kante and Sanchez collide in the centre circle, with the Chelsea man winning the ball with an inch-perfect sliding challenge.
77' Kante and Hazard break forward for the Blues, but there's not a lot of support and the Belgian's pass to Fabregas is cut out on the edge of the box.
75' Not for the first time Jones and Giroud collide in the air. It results in both players needing treatment off the pitch. Jones has a cut above his eye.
74' BLOCK! Azpilicueta puts his body on the line at the back as Valencia's offload finds Martial. The Frenchman goes for the strike on the half-volley. Azpilicueta's block takes the power off the ball so Courtois can gather.
A. Martial
J. Lingard
Manchester United
73' Lingard makes way for Martial.
R. Lukaku
M. Rashford
Manchester United
73' Lukaku replaces Rashford for United.
72' SAVE! Rashford breaks through the Chelsea defensive line in the right inside channel and tries to lift his effort over Courtois. However, the Chelsea keeper is big enough to make the block with his body, staying on his feet. The ball strikes back off Rashford and goes out for a goal-kick.
71' OVER! Cahill rises highest in the box from the resulting corner to head Fabregas' delivery at goal, only to head his attempt over the bar.
70' SAVE! Kante surges forward into the box and offloads towards Alonso unmarked. He tries to shoot on his left, but does not have the time. The Spaniard goes for the effort with his weaker right foot, only to be denied by De Gea. The ball is still alive and Alonso tries to work the ball into the middle. It strikes Young on the arm, but even after a VAR consultation, referee Oliver plays on.
69' Rashford cuts in from the right flank and fires a low ball towards Lingard, but he opts to leave it and Rudiger clears before it travels to Pogba.
67' Young tries to get the better of Azpilicueta down the left, but he goes to ground. The ball trickles out for a goal-kick and Young is not happy about getting the decision from the referee. He and the Chelsea defender exchange verbals.
66' Chelsea are holding deep in their shape, but United are continuing to ask questions of their rearguard.
64' Courtois is back on his feet and we're back underway.
63' DISALLOWED GOAL! Rashford lifts the ball into the box and Jones heads low towards the bottom corner. Courtois makes a brilliant save to deny the defender, although Sanchez slides to fire home on the rebound. The Chilean's celebrations are cut short immediately as the offside flag is up. Courtois appears to be hurt after his collision with Sanchez.
62' Alonso brings down Rashford on the charge and United have a free-kick on the right flank.
61' Hazard has space on the break down the left, although he does not have a lot of support. He tries to fire the ball low across the face of goal, but De Gea gathers with ease at the near post.
60' United have been much improved since the break, but Matic wastes a good chance to fire at goal, pulling his effort from distance wide of the post. Not quite of the quality of the Serbian's effort for Chelsea in the semi-finals last season.
A. Valencia
Yellow Card
Manchester United
58' Valencia trips Hazard on the charge and goes into the book.
57' Pogba leads a charge towards the Chelsea box. He goes for the drive at goal, but there's a wall of blue shirts that diverts his shot wide of the target.
56' SAVE! United surge forward through Valencia down the right flank, but his cutback goes astray. Sanchez slides in on Bakayoko and wins the ball back for the Red Devils. Rashford pounces on the loose ball and goes for the strike, only to be denied by Courtois.
55' United put the pressure on the Blues at the back and probe away on the edge of the box. However, Young wastes an opportunity at goal, directing his strike well over the bar.
53' Better from Rashford as he curls his delivery on the money towards the Chelsea goal. Unfortunately for United no player in a red shirt can flick it onwards before Courtois makes a solid punch clear.
52' Young's quick feet wins United a free-kick down the left flank following a loose challenge from Moses. The Chelsea man is walking a fine line, but he hasn't been booked yet.
50' Hazard takes an arm to the face from Smalling in a collision at the half-way line. There was not a great deal of contact, but the referee has to stop the game so he can receive treatment.
48' Bakayoko has come under fire for his performances this term, but he has been a factor around the ball this afternoon. He wins a free-kick for the Blues to ease the pressure on their backline as Lingard commits a foul.
47' Jones and Giroud collide in the air and the United defender takes his time to get up off the ground. A concern for United and England.
47' STAT! Sanchez only attempted 11 passes in the first-half, the fewest of any Man Utd player including De Gea (12).
46' We're back underway at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea take a 1-0 lead into the break against Manchester United in the FA Cup final thanks to Eden Hazard's strike from the penalty spot. It was a quiet first half in terms of chances, with the first of the game going to Chelsea when Hazard was denied by the legs of David de Gea. The Blues took the lead when Cesc Fabregas lifted a pinpoint ball over the top for Hazard to control and surge forward. Phil Jones tried to make a challenge, only to foul the Belgian. Hazard calmly slotted his penalty away, which has been the decisive moment in the contest. United have been poor in the final third, with Jones boasting their best opening when he headed wide of the post.
45' + 2' The referee ends the first half.
45' + 1' An end-to-end moment at the end of the first half as Herrera intercepts a low pass from Giroud to Hazard in the box. United break as Rashford and Pogba lead the charge. However, neither can force an effort at goal, allowing Rudiger to clear the danger.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' WIDE! Rashford's corner is cleared back towards the left flank. Young swings a dangerous delivery to the back post where Jones rises to meet the ball. However, he can only guide his effort wide of the post.
44' Rashford hammers the ball into the wall, although United still win a corner.
43' Young and Moses battle down the left flank, and the decision goes the way of the United man. The Red Devils have a free-kick in a promising position with Rashford standing over the ball.
42' Matic shows quick feet to move into the left inside channel, but he cannot find a team-mate with his offload. Chelsea's marking has been tight in the box.
40' De Gea comes through a crowd of players to deal with Fabregas' corner, punching the ball away for a throw-in.
39' Alonso wins a header from a deep Chelsea free-kick and it forces Smalling to head behind with Giroud lurking behind him.
38' Sanchez continues to be inconsistent in the final third. This time he lifts his corner straight into the hands of Courtois. United have to be more clinical to get back into the game.
37' Valencia makes an interception on the half-way line, only for Rudiger to spot the danger and make the challenge to quell the counter.
36' BLOCK! Fabregas takes the free-kick, but he can only hammer his effort straight into the wall. A disappointing attempt from the Spaniard.
35' Bakayoko has his heels clipped by Sanchez 25 yards from goal and Chelsea are awarded a free-kick. Hazard will be very interested in this opportunity.
33' Sanchez goes for the blast from distance after seeing little else around him in support. The Chilean fires his effort well over the bar.
32' United have issued a strong response since going behind and have put the Blues under pressure. However, Mourinho's men have not forced Courtois into a stop yet.
30' WIDE! Young works the ball to Pogba on the edge of the box, who shapes to shoot on his right foot. The Frenchman gets the power, but not the accuracy, firing just wide of the target.
29' Lingard bursts his way into the shooting position on the edge of the box, only to be denied by Fabregas just when he was about to pull the trigger.
27' Sanchez rolls the ball to Herrera to strike on the edge of the box, but he scuffs his effort completely. Fortunately for United it travels back to Sanchez. He lifts a cross into the box, aiming for Pogba, but Rudiger rises with the Frenchman to guide the ball over the bar.
26' Moses pulls back Pogba on a give and go down the left flank. It hands United a free-kick in a dangerous position that Sanchez will take.
24' Chelsea caught United out at the back there and two fine players exposed the Red Devils. Hazard will take the plaudits, but it was Fabregas' flighted ball that caused the issue for Jones.
E. Hazard
Penalty Goal
22' GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! HAZARD CONVERTS!!! Calm as you like from Hazard as he slots his effort into the bottom corner, sending De Gea the wrong way. A composed finish from the Belgian. Chelsea have the lead in the FA Cup final.
P. Jones
Yellow Card
Manchester United
21' It's only a yellow card for Jones, much to the fury of Conte on the bench. However, the United defender did make a genuine attempt to play the ball in his challenge.
21' PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Hazard latches on to Fabregas' pinpoint ball over the top and takes it in stride perfectly. Jones desperately tries to stop the strike, but brings down the Belgian. Referee Michael Oliver points to the spot.
19' After Chelsea's bright start, United are beginning to counterpunch. Sanchez is finding space in the final third.
18' Sanchez collects on the edge of the box and tries to weave his way past Cahill, but the England defender times his sliding challenge to perfection.
15' Sanchez brings down Valencia's cross in the box and tries to take it away from Moses and Azpilicueta. The Chilean goes down after taking control, and although there are appeals from the crowd, the referee waves play on.
14' PENALTY SHOUT! Bakayoko attempts to wheel away from Matic in the box and goes down under pressure. However, the referee turns down his appeal for a penalty.
13' Young collects on the left and bends a cross into the middle, but Courtois is able to collect with ease.
12' Chelsea have settled into the game in the early stages and Hazard is starting to become a factor for the Blues.
11' Pogba goes for a challenge with Hazard and catches the Belgian late, handing Chelsea a free-kick in a decent positon in the United half.
9' SAVE! Chelsea's turn to break and Hazard speeds down the left flank before moving into the box. He strikes towards the near post with power, but sees his effort saved by the legs of De Gea.
9' United have room to move on the counter and Lingard's surge into the Chelsea half is curtailed by a foul from Kante.
8' Fabregas attempts to weave his way into space on the edge of the box, only to be denied by Valencia's solid challenge.
7' Sanchez turns into space down the left flank and tries to find room for a cross. However, Azpilicueta and Fabregas are there, with the latter winning a foul from Pogba's challenge.
5' A slow start to the game as both sides as they settle into the contest.
3' Chelsea win a free-kick on the left flank, but the delivery from Fabregas sails straight through to De Gea.
1' We're underway at Wembley Stadium.
STAT! Jose Mourinho – winner with Chelsea in 2007 – could become only the third manager to win the FA Cup with two different clubs, after Herbert Chapman (Huddersfield and Arsenal) and Billy Walker (Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest).
STAT! This is the third time these sides have met in the FA Cup final, making it the joint-most played final in the history of the competition (Arsenal vs Liverpool, Arsenal vs Newcastle and Aston Villa vs West Brom also three). Of the previous two, Manchester United won 4-0 in 1994 as part of their first top-flight and FA Cup double, while Chelsea won 1-0 in 2007 in the first final played at the new Wembley Stadium.
United have been up-and-down in recent weeks. Their impressive performances in their wins over Tottenham and Arsenal have been overshadowed by poor displays against Brighton in a 1-0 defeat and a goalless draw with West Ham. They were good enough to see off Watford in the final game of the term, but will need to raise their standards this afternoon.
Chelsea's recent form had been brilliant entering the final week of the Premier League season, reeling off five wins on the bounce. However, their draw against Huddersfield and loss to Newcastle has sent them into the final without momentum.
STAT! This will be Manchester United’s 20th FA Cup final – a joint-record with Arsenal, while only the Gunners (13) have won the trophy more than the Red Devils (12).
United were beaten by Chelsea in the fifth round of the competition last season. However, Mourinho's men have eased their way into the final this term. They overcame Derby, Yeovil, Huddersfield and Brighton without conceding a goal to reach the last four. Tottenham provided a tough test of their credentials as the Red Devils fell behind to a Dele Alli goal, only for Sanchez and Herrera to guide them through to the final.
Chelsea return to the final one year removed from their defeat by Arsenal. The Blues had to overcome a stubborn Norwich side in the third round, needing penalties to see off the Canaries. There were routine wins over Newcastle and Hull, but Leicester provided a tough test in the last eight. However, Pedro's goal sent them through to the last four, where they overcame Southampton by a two-goal margin to advance to the final.
Lukaku starts from the bench as he has not been deemed fit enough by the Portuguese to make his return from injury after suffering his ailment in his side's win over Arsenal in April.
Mourinho went for a changed line-up for his side's final day win over Watford. There are only three survivors from that starting line-up - Rashford, Sanchez and Young. De Gea returns between the sticks, while Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Herrera, Pogba, Matic and Lingard are also recalled.
Conte has made three changes to his side that were beaten on the final day of the Premier League season by Newcastle. Rudiger, Fabregas and Alonso all come into the fold this afternoon.
Manchester United subs: Eric Bailly, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Scott McTominay.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3): David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Ashley Young; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez.
Chelsea subs: Willy Caballero, Ross Barkley, Alvaro Morata, Pedro, David Zappacosta, Willian, Trevoh Chalobah.
CHELSEA (3-5-1-1): Thibaut Courtois; Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Antonio Rudiger; Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, N'Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Marcos Alonso; Eden Hazard; Olivier Giroud.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with Chelsea.
Mourinho also needs the victory to take something away from an underwhelming campaign where his side were blown away by their nearest rivals. United appeared to be on a collision course with City at the top in the early stages of the season, but could not match their intensity over the course of the term. The season also featured disappointing losses to Bristol City in the EFL Cup and Sevilla in the Champions League.
Antonio Conte is under slightly more pressure than Jose Mourinho to deliver success after missing out on the Champions League for next season. Speculation has surrounded his future at Stamford Bridge, with reports suggesting that it could be his final match in charge of the Blues. The Italian will be determined to sign off on a high note if it is the case.
This is the last chance for silverware in the English domestic season and both of these clubs are in dire need of success after failing to compete with Manchester City in the Premier League and the EFL Cup.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley.