Chelsea thump Arsenal to win Europa League
The first all-English European final of the week ended in victory for Chelsea, as Maurizio Sarri’s side beat London rivals Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to win the Europa League.
Eden Hazard was the star of the show, with the Belgian scoring twice as the Blues outclassed their opponents in the second half.
There was little to choose between the teams in the opening 45 minutes, but the game came to life shortly after the break when Olivier Giroud expertly headed home to open the scoring against his former club.
Pedro then doubled Chelsea’s lead with a well-taken strike, before being bundled over in the box to win a penalty, which was calmly dispatched by Hazard.
Arsenal were given a glimmer of hope when substitute Alex Iwobi scored a stunning goal to reduce the deficit, but it proved to be a temporary reprieve as Hazard exchanged passes with Giroud and finished brilliantly to make it 4-1 soon after.
Chelsea have now ended a third consecutive season with a trophy, having won the FA Cup last year, and the Premier League title in 2016/17, but while their fans had plenty to celebrate, Hazard’s comments after the game, when he appeared to indicate he would be moving on this summer, will have given them cause for concern.
"I think it's a goodbye, but in football you never know," said the Belgian.
"We will decide in a few days - the only target in my mind was to win this final. Maybe now it is the time for a new challenge.
"My dream was to play in the Premier League and I have done that for one of the biggest clubs."
On Saturday it’s the turn of Liverpool and Tottenham to go head-to-head as they face each other in the Champions League final in Madrid, with the game kicking off at 11pm. It should be a cracker.