Chelsea have won the 2019 Europa League after four goals in 23 minutes sealed a convincing win over London rivals Arsenal in Baku.
In a first half containing little quality, Granit Xhaka’s long range effort clipped the bar on its way over, before Olivier Giroud had the best opportunity of the first period following an excellent counter-attack, but his low driven effort was brilliantly saved by Petr Cech.
The Blues took the lead in the 49th minute when Emerson’s teasing low cross was met by Giroud, whose sensational diving header found the bottom corner, though the Frenchman refused to celebrate against his former club.
Maurizio Sarri’s side doubled their lead on the hour mark after a slick attacking move led to Eden Hazard teeing up Pedro, who expertly dispatched the ball at the first time of asking.
Five minutes later, Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ clumsy challenge on Giroud in the area gifted Hazard the opportunity to score on what was almost certainly his final appearance for the club, one which the Belgian calmly took to put the Blues three up.
Alex Iwobi’s superb volley from outside the box pulled one back for the Gunners, but Hazard scored his second shortly after thanks to some brilliant work from Giroud to clinch Chelsea’s third major European trophy in eight years.