Green does a ‘John Terry’ Re­serve in full-kit sa­lute

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Europa League Final -

Chelsea’s third-choice keeper Robert Green wore full kit to lift the Europa League tro­phy – de­spite not be­ing on the bench. Shades of John Terry in the 2012 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal. and out of reach for all but around 7,000 Lon­don­ers.

It all made for an awk­ward first half, in which Alexan­dre La­cazette was de­nied a penalty for Arse­nal and Petr Cech – in his last match as a player – made a cou­ple of smart saves against his old club.

The break­through came a few min­utes af­ter the break, Giroud stoop­ing to reach Emer­son Palmieri’s cross. The header, firm and low, was dev­as­tat­ing.

Be­fore Arse­nal could adapt, it was two. Hazard was cen­tral to the goal, to the sur­prise of nei­ther the travelling nor lo­cal fans, and Pe­dro’s fin­ish from the Bel­gian’s pass was ac­cu­rate, if not clean.

By this point, Emery’s side had lost all their con­fi­dence and most of

their com­po­sure. Ains­ley Mait­landniles had started bril­liantly, but lost his way along with his team-mates. His shove on Giroud in the penalty area was need­less.

Hazard, in­evitably, rolled home the penalty.

Arse­nal found so­lace in Iwobi, off the bench to lash home from range. His ef­fort, on the bounce, flew like one of the pre-match fire­works through a pile of bod­ies and into Chelsea’s top cor­ner. The lit­tle pocket of red shirts cel­e­brated in their sec­tion, but they knew the game was up.

Hazard would not al­low Arse­nal much time to dream of a come­back, com­bin­ing again with Giroud and fin­ish­ing his sec­ond, and surely fi­nal, goal in Chelsea blue.

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