Chelsea wins FA Cup after lacklustre FA Cup final

Chelsea recorded a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday evening in the FA Cup final after a lacklustre encounter.

The game enjoyed a cagey start. The only real goalmouth action in the first 20 minutes came when Chelsea winger Eden Hazard saw a shot from an acute angle parried away by Red Devils goalkeeper David De Gea.

United boss Jose Mourinho attempted to nullify the threat of Hazard by employing Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera as a man-marker. However, despite enjoying success with the tactic in the past, the Spaniard struggled to control the Belgium international.

It was Hazard who proved to be the key figure in the only goal of the game on 22 minutes. Cesc Fabregas played a clever ball behind the defence to the Belgian, who outstripped United defender Phil Jones for pace.

With Hazard through on goal Jones made a poor challenge for the ball, only to clean the forward out. Referee Michael Oliver decided to give the penalty kick and book Jones for the offence, no doubt using the new double jeopardy rules.

Hazard inflicted the ultimate pain on the Red Devils, though, sweeping low past De Gea to score his fourth penalty kick of the season.

United struggled to respond but did come back into the game slightly in the second half. Alexis Sanchez saw a goal rightly ruled out for offside, while youngster Marcus Rashford found himself in on goal, only for Thibaut Courtois to keep out his effort.

At the other end, N’Golo Kante charged forward unchallenged and found Marcos Alonso in the penalty area. However, the wing-back took too long with his effort before firing straight at De Gea in the United goal.

The Red Devils were given a golden opportunity late on. A corner kick found midfielder Paul Pogba on the penalty spot and the French international somehow headed wide when completely unmarked.

In the end, though, Chelsea weathered the storm and Blues boss Antonio Conte picked up more silverware in possibly his last game as Blues boss.

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