Chelsea's second half masterclass deny Arsenal Europa League trophy, Champions League football
Chelsea's second half masterclass deny Arsenal Europa League trophy, Champions League football
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Chelsea's second half masterclass deny Arsenal Europa League trophy, Champions League football

Chelsea produced a masterclass performance in the second half to beat rivals Arsenal 4-1, lifting 2018/19 Europa League trophy. 

Eden Hazard grabbed a brace with Olivier Giroud and Pedro scoring each a goal to hand the Gunners a heavy defeat in the final. Alex Iwobi, who came in the second half pulled one back when his side was 3 goals down but the goal turned out to be a consolation for Unai Emery's men. 

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring immediately after the second half resumed while Eden Hazard grabbed a brace with Pedro 

Penalty claim

A through ball was played to Lacazette who went down in the box after Kepa rushed out and appeared to catch the legs of the Frenchman. Arsenal wanted a penalty but after a quick review, referee Rocchi waved play on.

Giroud goal

After first ended in a goalless draw, Chelsea started the second half better and took the lead in the 49th minute through Olivier Giroud. The former Arsenal man received an accurate pass from Emerson who picked the Frenchman at the near post. He steered the ball into the bottom corner with a fine header past Cech.

Pedro goal

Chelsea extended their lead through Pedro, bring his side closer to the Europa League trophy. Hazard squared across to Pedro, who clinically swept it into the far corner giving Cech no chance.

Penalty

A ball was played inside the penalty area and as Giroud looked set to pull a trigger Maitland-Niles fouled him inside the box and it was a penalty. Hazard stepped up and calmly slotted home to the left of centre with Cech diving the other way.

Iwobi goal

Christensen made a slide into Iwobi and brought him down. Arsenal had a freekick which Xhaka delivered. Eventually, it came out to Iwobi, who brilliantly smashed it into the top left corner with a sweetly struck half-volley from out the box.

Hazard brace

There was a brilliant combination play between Hazard and Giroud and Chelsea made it four. The Belgian laid it off to Giroud before he crossed back to Hazard to slide into the bottom corner.

The defeat means the Gunners will not be participating in the Champions League football next season. 

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