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Europa League Final Recap: Chelsea Defeats Arsenal 4-1

It was an intense match today between Chelsea and Arsenal for the Europa League Final, with Chelsea hoisting the trophy after a 4-1 win.

Chelsea took on their typical 4-3-3 lineup, while Arsenal stuck to a 3-4-1-2 formation. Chelsea put a strong three of Hazard, Pedro and Giroud up top for a good offense to start. Arsenal put Aubameyang and Lacazette up top with Ozil swinging behind as a central midfielder.

The game started slowly with not many shots on goal.

In the 18th minute, Chelsea got a close call for an Arsenal penalty. Chelsea’s keeper, Arrizabalaga, came out and caused a foul. Luckily for them, there was not enough contact to give Arsenal a penalty after looking at it with VAR.

Arsenal’s Xhaka got a close shot on goal that went off the crossbar in the 27th minute.

In the 37th minute, Chelsea got a good shot on goal from Giroud. Arsenal keeper, Cech, made an amazing save by diving right to make the ball go out.

Chelsea finally got a goal in the 49th minute of the match for the lead. Then, Giroud got another chance on goal that Cech could not stop. Heading the ball into the left near post, it left Cech to dive quickly to miss the save.

Europa League Final Recap
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In the 60th minute, Chelsea’s Pedro got a goal. The Blue’s got the ball to Hazard who sent it into Pedro that sent the ball into the bottom right corner of the net.

Giroud got the ball in the 65th minute. He used his body to shield the ball and win a penalty on being tripped by an Arsenal defender. Cech dove to the right to save the ball. Hazard was quick though and placed the ball in the middle of the goal. The goal now made the game 3-0 Chelsea.

Arsenal finally made a statement in the 69th minute when Iwobi made an amazing goal. Iwobi got the bouncing ball from outside the top right of the box and shot hard to the far post.

Hazard had his last goal for Chelsea in the 72nd minute when he made a beautiful play with Giroud. Hazard got the overturned ball, passing it off to Giroud. He then took the ball into the box and volleyed it over the defenders right to Hazard. Hazard did not hesitate to knock the ball into the right side of the goal.

With Hazard going out with a bang for his last moments with Chelsea, they won the Europa League final 4-1.

 

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