The English FA Cup Final is going on already at the Wembley Stadium, London and the two finalists, Chelsea Football Club and Manchester United FC are already slugging it out with Chelsea taking the lead after half time.
This is the highlight of what went through in the first half of the game before the penalty by Eden Hazard put the Chelsea team ahead.
2 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0
Chelsea do the early attacking and United fall back into their defensive shape, Chelsea are forced into passing back to their goalkeeper and then stride to the halfway line to face a wall of midfielders.
Alonso goes down under Herrera’s attentions and wins a free-kick wide left.
8 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0
So far this is exactly as nervous a start as we expected. Neither team seems comfortable when they go past the halfway line. Pogba fouls Fabregas after a poor bit of control gives the ball away. United giving Chelsea plenty of time on the ball in defence, it’s a low block – no high pressing from Mourinho’s men.
20 mins CHELSEA 0 MAN UTD 0
Both teams are wary of making a mistake and are dropping into deep defensive shapes when the other has the ball. Sanchez is having a decent game though and is taking it upon himself to run at the Chelsea defence and make things happen – something United have really needed.
Herrera’s position is giving Valencia a chance to get high up the pitch. That’s also forcing Alonso deeper towards his own goal – a clever little bit of thinking by Mourinho – and at the moment, Chelsea aren’t attacking as they might like.
Hazard isn’t on his game yet and has just punted a pass straight out for a throw.
PENALTY! Chelsea 1 (Hazard 22′ PEN) Man Utd 0
What a brilliant run by Hazard! And Jones has brought him down!
This is all about the pass by Fabregas and the control by Hazard, it’s unbelievable. The ball goes back to Fabregas, he plays a first time pass into space and Hazard just waits a split second longer than you’d think before controlling and taking the ball past Jones. He’s quicker than him, gets to the area and Jones lunges in, missing the ball. Chelsea and Conte can’t believe that’s not a red card.
Chelsea go close at one end, Pogba turns up and burns up the pitch, links with Sanchez and Lingard has a chance to shoot… but it’s blocked… and that’s it!
United’s best move in the game so far is the last action before half time.
Chelsea wins at full time as manchester United could not make a come back into the game.
Chelsea Football Club are the 2018 FA Cup Winners.