Eden Hazard helps Chelsea beat Manchester United to clinch FA Cup crown
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Eden Hazard helps Chelsea beat Manchester United to clinch FA Cup crown

Eden Hazard scored the lone goal for Chelsea, helping them to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

football Updated: May 20, 2018 13:17 IST
Reuters, London
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Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their goal in the FA Cup final against Manchester United at the Wembley Stadium, London, on Saturday.(Reuters)

Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty proved decisive as Chelsea salvaged their season by beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final in what is widely-expected to be manager Antonio Conte’s swansong on Saturday.

The Belgian’s searing pace earned the spot-kick in the 21st minute after forcing Phil Jones into a desperate lunging tackle and he coolly tucked it away for what proved to be the winner.

Jose Mourinho’s United were dismal in a scrappy first half and although they improved significantly after the break they were denied a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph and ended the season without a trophy.

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Chelsea, whose Premier League title defence fizzled out into a fifth-placed finish, survived several scares but they defended superbly as Conte celebrated his first domestic cup honour as a manager having seen his side beaten by Arsenal a year ago.

It was only Mourinho’s third defeat in 15 Cup finals as a manager.

First Published: May 19, 2018 23:43 IST