Premier League rivals, Arsenal and Chelsea, are set for action in the 2019 Europa League final at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan.
After a not too impressive outing in their domestic league, the two London clubs will be hoping to end the season on a high.
This is just the second all-English final in UEFA’s secondary competition, after Tottenham Hotspur against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1972 UEFA Cup, and is considered a make-or-break match for both sides.
Nigeria International Alex Iwobi is expected to star for Arsenal and he will be hoping to be victorious like his compatriots John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses who won this competition with Chelsea a few years ago.
Though in their respective debut season, the expectation from Arsenal’s Unai Emery and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been enormous and both managers will be more than glad to sign off the torrid campaign with a silverware.
Stay with Premium Times for live updates from Baku.
Kick off is 8.00 p.m.
Kick off.. Arsenal get the game underway in Baku
Chelsea take a throw-in at the left side of the pitch in the opponent’s half of the field
Chelsea win the first free kicl
Lucas Torreria brings down Hazard.. Quick free kick for the Blues
Slow start in Baku.. Typical of final games
Still goalless for now in Baku
Chance Aubameyang with a shot but Chelsea escape that scare
Chelsea with a free kick but wasted
Arsenal with a chance but Chelsea make a clearance
First corner kick for Arsenal
Lacazzete goes to the ground after a challenge from Kepa.. But referee waves it off..
18 minutes played.. NO GOALS
Chelsea are a bit on the back foot so far.. Arsenal creating the better chances for now
Quite surprising that the VAR not used in the Lacazzete incident
Arsenal take a throw-in at the right side of the pitch in the opponent’s half of the field
Kante with a good pass but Giroud fails to connect
Granit Xhaka with an ambitious shot.. But misses.. Very close
Chelsea finally get their first corner kick.. Taken by Hazard
It’s now half an hour of action in Baku,, Still no goals from both sides
This is the third time teams from same country are meeting in the Europa League final
Emerson with a shot on target but Cech with a save for Arsenal
Big chance for Arsenal but Kolasnic with a poor cross and Kepa punches out
Chance! GIROUD comes close but Cech with a fantastic save for Arsenal
Arguably the best save so far in this game
This is the 198th meeting between Chelsea and Arsenal but only the third in Europe
Emerson from Chelsea is ruled offside
Half Time : Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
Second half already underway
Giroud fires a shot but it has been deflected
Goal! He gets it.. Giroud fires Chelsea in front
Fine cross from Emerson and Giroud with a low header puts it in the net
The French out of respect has chosen not to celebrate
Before now Maurizo Sarri has not won any major trophy.. Will he break that jink tonight.. Chelsea 1-0, Arsenal
Olivier Giroud appears injured but the man with 11 goal in Europe this is season is back on
Ozil trying to create something for Arsenal but he commits a foul against Hazard
The last eight goals for Arsenal in the Europa League has been scored by the duo of Aubameyang and Lacazette.. Can either come through for the Gunners tonight
Chelsea defending their precious lead as we are now on the hour-mark
Goal!! Pedro Rodriguez makes it 2-0 for Chelsea
Low square ball from Hazard to Pedro and the Spaniard fires it in
Bad gets worse for Arsenal as they concede a penalty.. Chelsea win a penalty kick
Hazard scores.. Chelsea 3-0
Arsenal torn apart in 12 minutes
Nacho Monreal and Lucas Torreria pulled off for Alex Iwobi and Matteo Guendouzi
Goal!! IWOBI pulls one back for Arsenal… Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal
Hazard restore Chelsea’s three-goal lead.. Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal
Cech makes a save as Chelsea push to score a fifth goal
Arsenal come close to reducing the deficit but good block by Chelsea
Joe Wilock miss a glorious chance for Arsenal
85 minutes.. Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal
Hazard appears injured
The Belgian cannot continue and Sarri brings in Zapaccosta
FULL TIME: Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal
The Blues are the 2019 Europa League champions
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