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Chelsea edge Man United in Cup final with Hazard penalty

May 20, 2018 00:14 IST

IMAGE: Chelsea players celebrate ater winning the FA Cup. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

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.

IMAGE: Eden Hazard scores the winning goal for Chelsea from the penalty spot. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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.

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