Hazard penalty hands Chelsea FA Cup win

Follow live Chelsea vs Manchester United in the English FA Cup 2018. Kick-off is at 17:15BST, follow us until then for live build-up before minute-by-minute commentary of this afternoon's game at Wembley Stadium, London.

Hazard penalty hands Chelsea FA Cup win
Phil Jones hauled down Eden Hazard for a penalty (photo: Getty Images / Matthew Ashton - AMA)

Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for this afternoon. We've been Oliver Emmerson and Harry Robinson, taking you through Chelsea's victory over Manchester United in the 2018 FA Cup final. See you next week for the Champions League final!

Hazard dodges a question on his future: "Now I'm just happy to see the fans celebrate the trophy, we didn't play well but we finish on a high."

Gary Cahill speaking after the game saying he's unsure what will happen with Conte's future, but he's delighted to win an important trophy given the way the league season went.

Hugs between the two managers that have had such a public spat this season, but it's certainly Conte's day today. Eden Hazard's first half penalty settles the game, is that be a trophy in Conte's last game in charge?

All over at Wembley, Chelsea win the FA Cup!

Full-time: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (Hazard)

90+5: Straight into Courtois' hands! Poor corner claimed by the Belgian who's been excellent all afternoon.

90+4: Corner to United...

90+3: Quality ball in from Valencia headed over by Matic with United throwing the kitchen sink. Courtois booked for time wasting.

90: Another Chelsea change and it's the man who's likely scored the winner coming off, Hazard for Willian. He's been a cut above everyone else on the pitch today. Five minutes of stoppage time added on.

89: Morata handed a couple of minutes to help run the clock down, Giroud off for Chelsea who are edging over the finishing line here. 

86: Last throw of the dice from Mourinho, Mata on for Jones.

82: Close for United! Pogba leaps highest from a corner, he's in huge amounts of space due to Giroud slipping but he heads wide.

81: Matic has his customary did from range, beaten away by the tall Belgian in the Chelsea net. 

72: Up at the other end, a chance for United! Lingard slips Rashford in on goal, he goes to dink Courtois who spreads himself and blocks superbly. That proves to be Rashford's last act of the game, he and Lingard off for Martial and Lukaku respectively.

70: What a chance! Kante drifts past his man and sets up a two vs one, slipping the ball to a clean through Marcus Alonso, the full-back shooting with his weaker right foot and seeing his effort saved by de Gea. That could have sealed it for Chelsea. Penalty shout too, with Young potentially having deliberately moved his arm towards the ball to block it out for a corner.

64: Courtois recovers and we're off again. Lukaku time soon?

63: Ooooh drama, disallowed goal. Stunning save from Courtois to keep Jones' header out as Rashford swings one in, Sanchez is straight in to convert the follow-up but he's correctly flagged offside. Courtois now down in a heap after colliding with the Chilean.

SOMETHING CHANGES!

62: Free-kick's everywhere. Nothing coming from them. Will let you know if anything changes. 

56: Alarm bells ringing in the Chelsea defence as Herrera slides a ball into Valencia, who can't find a red shirt but Chelsea don't clear, Rashford finding possession with a chance to shoot, good save by Courtois. 

53: Chance for United as Rashford fizzes a free-kick towards goal, Courtois beats the ball away strongly. 

45: Back underway, no changes for either side. 

That's it for the first half and Chelsea can be very pleased with that. They've defended perfectly and taken their biggest chance, a deserved lead for the Blues.

Half-time: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United (Hazard)

45+1: One last chance for Mourinho's men before the break as Pogba uses his dynamism to push his side forward, Marcus Rashford eventually fluffing his lines before the ball is stabbed away to send us to half-time.

45: A quiet few minutes of United possession followed by their best chance of the half, Jones getting to the back-post to nod a Young cross wide. One minute added on.

36: Marcus Alonso licking his lips over a free-kick, which is logically lashed into the wall by Fabregas. 

32: Over half an hour in and Courtois is yet to make a save in the Chelsea goal. Might be worth Mourinho tinkering with his formation a little, everything's too narrow at the moment with each United attack facing a wall of Rudiger-Cahill-Azpilicueta, protected by Kante and Bakayoko just in front. 

30: More 'Pog-boo' than 'Pog-boom' from the United midfielder there as he rattles one wide from distance. 

27: United looking to bring themselves back into it as Sanchez sends a free-kick onto the head of Pogba, the ball flies over. 

22: Hazard cool as you like, sending de Gea the wrong way after a short run-up. Antonio Conte's furious on the side-line though, he can't believe that Jones only got a yellow card for hauling down a clean-through Hazard. 

GOAL! Hazard scores, 1-0 Chelsea!

21: Phil Jones is all at sea positionally as Cesc Fabregas plays a ball to Hazard, the Belgian nipping ahead of Jones and racing towards goal, Jones brings down Hazard who will now step up to taken the penalty...

PENALTY CHELSEA!

17: Quite a rigid 4-3-1-2 from United, rather than 4-3-3. Sanchez and Rashford operating as a pair with Lingard behind them centrally, license for him to dart through the middle when the two strikers pull widel 

14: Penalty shout! Fabregas rolls one towards Bakayoko in the area and the midfielder is tugged over by Matic, not enough doing for Michael Oliver who decisively waves play on. 

10: First effort on goal of the game and it takes a solid leg from David de Gea to sweep away Eden Hazard's driven effort, the Chelsea forward profiting from a sloppy Phil Jones pass to test the 'keeper. 

9: Kante lucky to avoid a yellow card for hauling down Lingard as United counter, little comes of the free-kick. 

7: Neither team giving too much away so far. You have to wonder just how Chelsea are planning to break down a sturdy United defence, given their only pure attackers are Hazard and Giroud. 

2: Water being wet and cheap fouls from Ander Herrera. He hauls down Alonso down Chelsea's left but Fabregas' resulting ball in is well below par and claimed by De Gea. 

0: Underway in the 2018 FA Cup final!

Out come the teams, the national anthem sang and we're ready to go!

Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial both only make the Manchester United bench, whilst Antonio Conte has revealed that Andreas Christensen misses out through injury. 

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Giroud.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young; Matic, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Sanchez, Rashford.

Team news is out!

Now, stay with VAVEL UK for more build-up ahead of one of the best days of the year, one with an event which half of the nation will watch. The Cup final, of course, not a wedding.

United fans are bringing banners in support of Wilkins, but also Sir Alex Ferguson, who is recovering from a brain haemorrhage suffered recently. "We're on the march with Fergie's army," has been the song recently, replacing 'Jose's army'.

Team line-ups will be out at 16:15BST, an hour before kick-off. After that, there will be tributes to Ray Wilkins, the former-United and Chelsea player who passed away in April at the age of 61. His family will be guests at Wembley and a tribute video will be shown for the former-England captain before kick-off, whilst banners and pitchside hoardings will be dedicated to him, as well as a four-page spread in the matchday programme.

Chelsea will be without injured left-back Emerson Palmieri, meaning a full-strength side will be out. The same may be true for United, but Mourinho admitted that striker Romelu Lukaku, a former-Blue, will be subject to a late fitness test. Anthony Martial is fit despite missing the final Premier League game of the season through injury. 

United come into this game without a trophy yet this season, having finished 19 points behind champions Man City. But for them, it's been a season of progress, rising four places in the league and massively improving their points total. The style of play has been the only hindrance. For Chelsea, it's been one of regression. For manager Conte, then, "this game is very important because we have in a difficult season (the chance) to finish the season with a trophy."

That result came after a second successive league title. Going in lucky to be 0-0 at half-time, Paul Parker recently told ESPN of the typically insatiable Sir Alex Ferguson team talk that awaited the Reds. "He questioned us and how much we really wanted it," Parker said. "He asked whether we thought back-to-back titles was enough."

In 1994, though, United fans were treated to superb football all season and finished with the league and Cup double, beating 14th-placed Chelsea, who were in their first major cup final in 22 years. Eric Cantona scored two penalties as United hit four in the second half, the other two coming through Mark Hughes and Brian McClair

 

The first-ever Cup final at the new Wembley Stadium saw Chelsea take the spoils in 2007, but it took a full 116 minutes before the first goal was scored on the new turf. Didier Drogba's late goal after a one-two with Frank Lampard put his name in the history books after a dull affair. United had to settle for the Premier League title that season.

 

This will be the first time the two sides meet at Wembley since the 2010 Community Shield, a game which United won comfortably 3-1 thanks to goals from Antonio ValenciaJavier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov. Today's meeting is the eighth between the two clubs at Wembley, but the third FA Cup final contested. It's a win apiece thus far.

 

For United's squad, meanwhile, the Reds reached two finals in the last campaign, lifting the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League in Jose Mourinho's first season in charge. Both teams are experienced, and both have huge quality.

It's Chelsea's second consecutive Cup final, having been beaten by London rivals Arsenal last year. On the road to that final, Antonio Conte's Premier League-winners beat Man United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge after an Ander Herrera sending off. United's Alexis Sanchez was key in the final, scoring the Gunners' early opening goal and being named Man of the Match. So, for him, too, it's successive Cup finals. 

The FA Cup; the world's finest cup competition. A tournament of declining relevance or one where the desire for victory still burns strongly? The latter would be the answer for the 90,000-odd Chelsea and Manchester United fans attending today's 2018 FA Cup Final at Wembley. Welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary. Before then, the build up.