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The FA Cup – Final Chelsea vs Manchester United- Sports- Naijapopular

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Live updates as Chelsea and Manchester United meet at Wembley in the 137th FA Cup final. Kick-off is at 5.15pm.

  • Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
  • Hazard nets pen (21)
  • 137th FA Cup final at Wembley
  • Lukaku on bench, Rashford starts
  • Giroud preferred to Morata

CHELSEA 1-0 MAN UTD

30: SHOT! It’s been all United since the goal. The shackles have come off. Pogba drives forward and hits a low shot that has Courtois worried….but it skips inches wide.

CHELSEA 1-0 MAN UTD

28: Lingard now moves into the pocket and finds space. He pulls his right foot back from 25 yards but Kante gets a crucial toe to the ball. Chelsea clear.

CHELSEA 1-0 MAN UTD

26: CHANCE! United have responded well. Sanchez cuts inside and whips a cross into the middle. Pogba jumps with Rudiger and gets a shoulder to the ball…it loops over the crossbar. Courtois had it covered.

CHELSEA 1-0 MAN UTD 

24: People will be asking why Jones didn’t receive a red card for that challenge – it was a clear goalscoring opportunity, but Oliver has used the new rules to good effect.

“It is no longer an automatic red card if a player or goalkeeper brings down an opponent while acting as the last line of defence; where a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball, officials will be allowed to give a penalty and only book the offender.”

Jones certainly went to play the ball.

GOAL! CHELSEA 1-0 MAN UTD (Hazard pen, 22)

Cool as you like. Hazard gives De Gea the eyes and rolls it the other side. Advantage Chelsea. 

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

21: PENALTY TO CHELSEA!!! Hazard skips through on goal after a fantastic ball from Fabregas. He’s hurtling towards goal – about six yards out – and Jones slides in, wipes him out. Clear pen. Is it red? No. Only a booking from Michael Oliver. Controversial

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

20: Hazard comes looking for the ball deep and tries to whip it out to Moses. He curls it straight out of play. Space at a premium.

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

18: The game continues at a sedate pace in the sunshine. Hazard’s effort which was booted clear by De Gea remains the best chance thus far.

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CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

16: PENALTY SHOUT…NOT GIVEN! This is a half-hearted one. Sanchez gets into the box and Moses is lunging. There’s a little bit of contact but nothing to check his stride. Cahill comes in and clears. Sanchez has a look at the referee but nothing given. Rightly so.

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

14: PENALTY SHOUT..NOT GIVEN! Bakayoko joins his front-men and gets the wrong side of Matic. The United man has his arms around him but lets go as he moves into the box. Bakayoko hits the deck but Michael Oliver is very well positioned. No pen.

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

12: Rashford drifts out to the right and tries to take on Alonso. He hits a low cross into the middle which is cleared by Cahill. Seems to be trying a little bit too hard is the England forward. Desperate to impress.

CAGEY START 

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CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

10: SAVE! United loop a free-kick into the box but Chelsea clear and break. Hazard lines up Jones down the left and charges past him on the outside. The angle is tight but he punts one at the near post. De Gea gets down quickly to block it away with his legs.

KATE BURLAGA AT WEMBLEY

“No attack of note of speak of in these early stages – and a couple of sloppy balls down the left flank from United. Herrera, once again, keeping close tabs on Hazard.

“Jose’s just turned to scribble a few notes on his pad. Both managers right on the edge of their technical areas and both in the zone; they’ve barely glanced in each other’s direction.”

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

9: Hazard is being man-marked by Herrera. He does break free of him and feeds Fabregas about 22 yards out. Matic steps in. United clear.

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

7: Rashford tries to spark United into life. He runs into Kante. Very cagey start. In other words, very dull.

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

5: United get the feel of the ball. Pogba tries to get Valencia going down the right but there’s no space to attack. Young then chips one down the line but Moses clears.

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

3: These two are weighing each other up early doors. Chelsea seeing more of the ball. Alonso drives past Herrera and wins a free-kick down the left. Fabregas chips it straight to De Gea. Disappointing.

CHELSEA 0-0 MAN UTD

1: KICK-OFF! Here we go. United get the 137th FA Cup final going.

MAN UTD XI

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CHELSEA XI

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REMEMBERING RAY

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COUNTDOWN TO KICK-OFF!

The teams are out!

‘Abide with Me’ and the national anthem, sung by soprano Emily Haig sets the tone for a special occasion – flagged by two huge flags at either end of the ground celebrating the life of Ray Wilkins.

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VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

Here come the pyrotechnics, delivering a warm blast to the cheeks. Atmosphere really cranking up here – red and blue fireworks and huge flags displaying the faces of messrs Mourinho and Conte laid on either side of the halfway line.

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COUNTDOWN TO KICK-OFF!

The trophy has arrived – chaperoned by Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand, who place it proudly by the red carpet where the teams will emerge shortly. Two huge flags are unveiled on the pitch – one blue, one red. Teams on their way out. This is what it’s all about.

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