With a winning penalty after a dramatic shootout vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Eden Hazard took Chelsea to an all-English Europa League final.
The most unpredictable of all the semifinals in European football was the Europa League one between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt, one that Eden Hazard decided.
The Belgian international doesn’t want to leave the Blues this season without at least leaving a trophy.
Winning silverware this season can get Eden to an even higher status that he enjoys today at the club.
The semifinal’s first-leg against the German side was too leveled between both clubs, we got a 1-1 aggregate that left everything undecided for the return leg at Stamford Bridge.
The London stadium was packed and Maurizio Sarri’s boys already knew this would be a very complicated game.
The Germans had striker Luka Jovic on their side to score a goal that could give them a chance to reach the final.
Despite having a good claim to possibly win this game, Eintracht Frankfurt suffered during the first half due to Eden Hazard’s brilliance.
Chelsea’s number ’10’ assisted Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the first goal before the first half hour of the match went by, the Englishman scored with a shot straight to the bottom corner.
The match went into half time with this advantage from the Blues, but Eintracht Frankfurt would respond quickly at the start of the second half.
Gran jugada de Eden Hazard asistiendo a Ruben Loftus-Cheek. ¡GOLAZO! 🔥💥 https://t.co/zPV6pYhEVn
— CFC WORLD (@ReinoBlue) May 9, 2019
Only four minutes into the second half, midfielder Mijat Gacinovic assisted Jovic between the lines and the striker didn’t fail to score the equalizer.
This 1-1 result was bound to take the series into extra time, the 2-2 aggregate maintained as such and we got an extra half hour of more football.
This was a fitting end to a wild week in European semifinals, thirty more minutes of drama was exactly what we all wanted.
The extra time was filled with outstanding defensive displays by both sides, David Luiz saved the most obvious chance that Eintracht Frankfurt had during the first extra time.
This match seemed like it was going to take us all the way to the spot, nobody wanted penalties but that’s what everybody got.
The drama that comes from a penalty shootout is something that very few can withstand.
A nail-biting series was about to leave us with heartache, everybody at Stamford Bridge suffered to get the final result.
There were two specific heroes tonight, one of them was Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Basque goalkeeper went from being considered the most indisciplined player of Maurizio Sarri’s squad to a club hero within a matter of seconds.
— J.m @ Chelsea (@omaralvarado557) May 9, 2019
During the penalty shootout, Kepa saved the final two and one of those was very dramatic because he used his knee to stop it.
Cesar Azpilicueta provided the despair for the Chelsea players by missing his shot on the Blues’ second attempt. Ross Barkley, Jorginho, and David Luiz scored their attempts.
Haller, Jovic, and De Guzman scored Eintracht Frankfurt’s first three. The Germans appeared to have the victory in their pocket until Kepa’s heroics appeared during the final two penalties.
By the time the goalie saved those two shots, it was evident that the fifth penalty was the one that could decide the winner.
Eden Hazard was the player who took that final shot, he didn’t hesitate and he completely deceived the goalkeeper.
This Chelsea victory completes the first all-English couple of finals in European football, this had never happened before.
We have five out of the Top 6 clubs in the Premier League looking forward to winning something before the end of the season.
The only club that didn’t make it all the way was Manchester United, the Red Devils didn’t have the best season out of the Top 6 clubs in English football.
Chelsea and Arsenal are to meet in Istanbul on May 29 for the Europa League final.
Hazard no falla. pic.twitter.com/BHOZAz4HVO
— David C. Dolbear ⚛ (@DavidDolbear) May 9, 2019
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