Chelsea 1-1 Frankfurt: Hazard pen sends Blues to Europa League final

Chelsea 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (2-2 agg) (4-3 pens): Eden Hazard sends Blues to Europa League final against Arsenal with winning penalty as Stamford Bridge showdown goes the distance

  • Chelsea are going to the Europa League final after defeating Frankfurt on penalties at Stamford Bridge 
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek broke the deadlock in the tie on 27minutes after a passage of trickery from Eden Hazard 
  • Luka Jovic hit back in the second half and took on a Mijat Gacinovic pass to slot the ball into the bottom corner
  • They face Arsenal in an all-English final in Baku, after the Gunners defeated Valencia 4-2 (7-3agg) in Spain 

Eden Hazard stepped up to smash home the winning penalty to book a place in the Europa League final after Chelsea’s match with Frankfurt went the full distance.

Chelsea opened the scoring through the in-form Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who rattled the bottom corner of the Frankfurt goal after being picked out following a passage of trickery from Eden Hazard.

The Germans refused to roll over however, as talisman Luka Jovic hit back in the second half and controlled a Mijat Gacinovic pass to slot the ball into the bottom left corner to equalise.

With things all square on aggregate, the sides passed through extra-time with David Luiz saving Chelsea with a last gasp clearance off the line. Penalties followed, with Chelsea winning despite Cesar Azpilicueta’s early miss.

Report to follow 

Chelsea are on their way to the Europa League final in Baku after beating Eintracht Frankfurt after extra-time and penalties

The Blues needed the tie to go the full distance before emerging as eventual victors at Stamford Bridge

Eden Hazard stepped up to take the match-winning penalty for Chelsea in the shootout to book a Europa League final place

The Belgian held his nerve to send the goalkeeper the wrong way and set up an all-English final with rivals Arsenal

Hazard had the chance to win the match following two misses from Frankfurt’s Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was granted a reprieve after missing the first penalty of the tense shootout

The Spaniard saw his effort well saved by Kevin Trapp, as Frankfurt supporters went crazy behind the Shed End goal

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga threw himself full-stretch to deny Goncalo Paciencia and provide Hazard the chance to win it

A penalty prior to Paciencia’s miss, Kepa had saved Martin Hinteregger’s strange effort by standing centrally in his goal

Chelsea were saved by the finest of margins in extra-time, as David Luiz stretched to clear a shot off the line

Maurizio Sarri was in the ears of the fourth official regarding time added on at the end of regulation time

Luka Jovic hit back in the second half and controlled a Mijat Gacinovic pass to slot the ball into the bottom left corner

The Serbian peeled away in celebration and held his arms aloft after leveling the match at 1-1 with an aggregate 2-2 scoreline

Jovic was soon mobbed by his team-mates as the Franfurt players piled towards the Shed End at Stamford Bridge

Frenchman Olivier Giroud immediately tried to rally the home crowd after Frankfurt hit their equaliser

Tempers began to boil as Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta gave angry verbals to Frankfurt’s Simon Falette on the turf

Ruben Loftus-Cheek had opened the scoring for Chelsea by picking out the far corner from a narrow angle

The imposing midfielder drilled home a classy effort after being skillfully assisted by the trickery of Eden Hazard

The England international celebrated with his team-mates in Blue as the Chelsea faithful cheered their side taking the lead

Loftus-Cheek was withdrawn in the second half and did not appear too happy with his manager Maurizio Sarri

He did not react too kindly at the news he was set to leave the field, as Chelsea were preparing to head into extra-time

David Luiz denied the Germans an opportunity from a dead-ball position, after leaping up to make a block with his head

Earlier in the tie, the Blues were narrowly denied as defensive midfielder Makoto Hasebe cleared one off the goal-line

Giroud got involved in the physical nature of the tie early on, and was seen battling to hold up the ball

Referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan of Romania showed a yellow card to Frankfurt’s Simon Falette during the opening stages

Frankfurt fans held flags aloft as the teams made their way onto the pitch, and whipped up an electric atmosphere

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