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History made as Chelsea set up all-English Europa League final

The Blues secured their place in the Europa League decider with a dramatic shoot-out win over Frankfurt.

Chelsea celebrate their dramatic shoot-out victory.
Chelsea celebrate their dramatic shoot-out victory.
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CHELSEA WILL TAKE on London rivals Arsenal in the Europa League final after scraping past Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 semi-final, second-leg draw on Thursday.

Eden Hazard struck the decisive spot-kick after the two sides could not be separated over 120 minutes in what could be the Belgian’s last match at Stamford Bridge, with the tie level at 2-2 on aggregate after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s 28th-minute opener for Chelsea was cancelled out by Luka Jovic four minutes after the break.

Chelsea made it a clean sweep for English teams in European finals this season and will battle it out with Arsenal in Baku on 29 May after Unai Emery’s side beat Valencia 7-3 on aggregate.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was the man of the moment as he saved two spot-kicks to help the hosts through. 

The villain of the dramatic EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester City turned hero tonight, denying Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia after Cesar Azpilicueta’s saved attempt left the hosts with work to do.

David Luiz and Jorginho also made amends for their misses at Wembley and it was left to Hazard stroke in the winner and send Maurizio Sarri’s men into a date with the Gunners. 

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