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Chelsea breezes past Arsenal in the Europa League final

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With goals from Giroud, Pedro, and a Hazard double; Chelsea breezes past Arsenal in the Europa League final celebrated in Baku.

Chelsea was meeting Arsenal in the first of two all-English finals that continental football has to offer, the Europa League final took place in Baku on Wednesday.

The Blues were slightly considered favorites to win this match due to how well the Gunners played throughout the whole tournament.

With this proper London Derby for a final in our hands, we were all ready to enjoy a fantastic match.

However, the biggest thrills didn’t show up until the second half.

We only had a couple of great saves from Petr Cech against his former club, one of them was quite spectacular against Olivier Giroud.

The Blues were clearly dominating this final and they were poised to deliver even more great moments during the second half.

Maurizio Sarri was clearly hell-bent on taking his first trophy as the Chelsea manager during his very first season.

The Italian manager gave the players a pep talk that made them react right on time.

It took the Blues four minutes into the second half to respond to Sarri’s half-time challenge.

Emerson sent a perfect cross to Olivier Giroud from the left and the French striker dove to connect an unstoppable header for the Blues’ first goal of this final.

Eden Hazard’s show arrived late.

Belgian star Eden Hazard loves being fashionably late, he proved why he is one of the best players in the world again tonight.

The attacking trio was about to start a proper goal-fest, Eden Hazard set Pedro up for the second goal after triangulating with Giroud.

With half an hour left on the clock, Chelsea already had a two-goal advantage but they were far from finished with Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud became important for his squad again just minutes after Pedro’s goal, he got knocked down inside the box during another combination with Hazard.

The Blues’ number ’10’ was the man responsible to take the penalty and he scored it with a cold-blooded finish in front of Petr Cech.

This 3-goal advantage appeared to be more than enough for Chelsea to seal the final result, but the Gunners wanted to leave an impression or score at last one goal.

Alex Iwobi connected a beautiful volley that pulled one back for Arsenal and gave his squad a little bit of hope.

This small reaction made Unai Emery attempt to get his players back in the game, this was the ideal chance to dream about a comeback.

However, Eden Hazard still had something to say as he was determined to play one of the best games of his Chelsea career.

Eden Hazard becomes the main protagonist.

The Belgian international only gave Arsenal fans three minutes to enjoy their possible reaction, he wanted to win the trophy in Baku this evening.

With 18 minutes still left on the clock, Eden Hazard combined again with Olivier Giroud and he got to close a memorable performance in this Europa League final.

The number ’10’ played a one-two with the Frenchman and finished with his left foot in order to score the fourth goal for Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri decided to take Eden Hazard out of the game with only a few minutes left to play, he completed his job in spectacular fashion.

After a good seven seasons with the Blues, the Belgian star can finally leave the club with the certainty of having poured his soul to the club during his spell.

Maurizio Sarri’s squad might’ve started the season on the wrong foot but they certainly recovered some ground during the final days.

After this new trophy, we will start hearing news about Eden Hazard’s future as he likely played his final match with the Blues tonight.

Needless to say, Chelsea’s number ’10’ is the absolute MVP of this Europa League final. Well deserved we say.

The first of two all-English finals is over, bring on the second one!

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