BAKU – Europa League final , Chelsea-Arsenal 4-1 , goals: Giroud at 49 ′, Pedro in 59 ′, Hazard on penalty at 65 ′ and 71 ′ and Iwobi on 68 ′.
Maurizio Sarri ended his first English season triumphantly . After bringing the team back into the Champions League , with third place in the Premier League after the phenomenal City and Liverpool, he won his first international trophy with a spectacular 4-1 in the Europa League final against Arsenal. Tonight was the third seasonal final . In the previous two, the former Napoli coach had to surrender to the greater technical rate of the City (even if the League Cup lost it only to the penalty lottery …). A remarkable roadmap if we consider the fact that it was his first season in England on a bench as important as that of Chelsea.
Before this challenge, everyone took his move to Juventus for granted. This conviction was dictated by the fact that Andrea Agnelli had come to Baku, in the Chelsea hotel, to snatch the yes from the former Napoli coach and to convince Chelsea to release him. And this negotiation seemed to be coming to an end because, despite the positive results, Sarri had never fully joined the locker room and the fans.
But after tonight, after this 4 to 1, after this triumph in the Europa League final against the Arsenal cousins, are we sure that the Blues will let it go so lightly? In exchange for just 5.5. million euros? The questions are legitimate and soon we will have an answer. Meanwhile Sarri celebrates his first important career trophy, previously in his bulletin board there was only one Italian Serie D Cup won with Sansovino in 2003, and Chelsea enjoy this triumph in the face of Arsenal's rivals.
An Italian coach returns to win the Uefa Cup, even if it is now called the Europa League, after 20 years. The last to have succeeded before Sarri had been Alberto Malesani with Parma in the far 1999. The ducals won 3-0 against Marseille with goals from Crespo, Chiesa and Vanoli.
Sarri is not the only Italian to have won tonight, Jorginho in midfield and Emerson Palmieri also played on the left out . In the Chelsea squad there is a third Italian, Davide Zappacosta, who did not take the field tonight. Excellent performance also for the Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi .
Chelsea-Arsenal 4-1, the chronicle of the final: two goals and a Hazard show.
The Baku is awarded the Europa League. First great chance to score for Arsenal in the 17th minute. Lacazette, thrown into the net, dribbles Kepa and then goes to the ground. The referee Rocchi did not assign the penalty after a consultation with the room of the var. At 25 ', Giroud kicked badly on a cross from Ngolo Kanté, Chelsea wasted a great opportunity. At 39 ', Giroud crossed with the left on an assist from Jorginho but Cech saved himself with a miraculous parade. The first half ended on the result of zero to zero .
Chelsea took the lead , at the start of the second half , with Giroud. The center-forward of the French national team scored at 49 ′ on Emerson Palmieri's cross from the left. Doubling Chelsea at 59 '. Assisted by Hazard from the left and left winning, of first intention, of Pedro. Nothing to do for Cech.
At 64 ', referee Rocchi awarded a penalty to Chelsea for a foul by Maitland-niles on Giroud. From eleven meters he missed Harzard, 3-0 Chelsea.
Arsenal shortens the distance to 68 'with Iwobi . The newly entered beats Kepa with a right that cannot be learned from long distance. At 71 ', Chelsea closed the game with Hazard on an assist from a wild Giroud. It's over, Chelsea triumphed in the Europa League. First international trophy for Maurizio Sarri.
These are the official formations chosen by Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery.
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kantè; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.
Arsenal: Cech; Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal; Maitland-niles, Xhaka, Torreira, Kolasinac; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.
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