Baku-bound: Chelsea and Arsenal seal all-English Europa League final (RECAP)
09 May 201922:37 GMT
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What a night (again!) of European football. And what a night (again!) for English clubs in Europe.
It's Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final.
It's Arsenal vs Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League final.
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- 21:48 GMT
HAZARD'S PARTING GIFT?
Stamford Bridge erupts as Eden Hazard buries his spot-kick to give Chelsea a 4-3 win in the shoot-out.
Rumors are rife that the Belgian playmaker could be off to pastures new in the summer, which would mean tonight was his last ever appearance at Stamford Bridge for the Blues.
If it is, then he's just given the fans a huge farewell present.
Chelsea are in the final and will meet London rivals Arsenal in an all-English UEFA Europa League final.
- 21:41 GMT
THE PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
Keep refreshing for score updates. Here we go...
Haller (Frankfurt): SCORES
Barkley (Chelsea): SCORES
Jovic (Frankfurt): SCORES
Azpilicueta (Chelsea): SAVED BY TRAPP!
De Guzman (Frankfurt): SCORES
Jorginho (Chelsea): SCORES
Hinteregger (Frankfurt): SAVED BY KEPA!
Luiz (Chelsea): SCORES
Paciencia (Frankfurt): SAVED BY KEPA!
Hazard: (Chelsea): SCORES - CHELSEA WIN!
- 21:35 GMT
180 minutes of regulation time couldn't separate them.
30 minutes of extra time couldn't separate them.
So now Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt will go head to head from 12 yards out in a penalty shoot-out to decide their fate.
One club will head to Baku to face Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League final. The other will go home wondering about what might have been.
- 21:29 GMT
They say goalkeepers get too much protection in modern-day football, and we just saw the perfect example of it as Cesar Azpilicueta had a goal disallowed for a supposed foul on the Frankfurt keeper.
Kevin Trapp rose to claim a routine high ball, but lost control of it as he came down and then lost the ball completely as he dropped it onto the Chelsea man's shoulder as he challenged for it.
It ended up with the ball in the net and Stamford Bridge celebrating, but the referee decided the Spanish defender had fouled the goalkeeper and disallowed the goal.
Our first impression on seeing the replay was it was a soft decision. Chelsea fans would probably have stronger words for it than that...
- 21:17 GMT
THEY'RE STILL LEVEL, AND IT'S STILL TENSE!
We're at halftime in extra-time, and it's Frankfurt who have looked the more likely to score so far in the extra period.
Substitute striker Haller has caused all sorts of trouble and has had two efforts cleared off the line by Luiz and Zappacosta.
But it remains 1-1 on the night, 2-2 on aggregate and we have just 15 minutes for someone to step up and make themselves a hero...
...or we'll go to the dreaded penalties!
- 21:09 GMT
LUIZ TO THE RESCUE!
Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz was in the right place at the right time to stop substitute Sebastien Haller's studded effort from creeping in at the far post.
Frankfurt have been a constant threat on the counter-attack, while Chelsea have looked to push forward and create chances themselves.
Ross Barkley has had a few shots from range, but so far in extra time the Blues haven't overly troubled Kevin Trapp in the Frankfurt goal.
- 20:55 GMT
EXTRA TIME AT THE BRIDGE
After a tight, tense last 20 minutes neither Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt could find a crucial winner, so we're heading into extra time.
Whose nerve will hold? Who can find that piece of quality against tiring legs? Who will be the hero?
All will be revealed in the next half-hour or so.
- 20:51 GMT
ARSENAL ARE IN THE FINAL!
The final whistle has gone at the Mestalla as Arsenal claimed a brilliant 4-2 away win at Valencia to go through to the final in Baku 7-3 on aggregate.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero as he scored a hat-trick, while his strike partner Alexandre Lacazette grabbing the other.
It was a shaky start for the Gunners, but once their forward line got into top gear, they blew past their La Liga opponents.
The big question now is who will Arsenal face in the final?
- 20:46 GMT
Tottenham celebrated their hat-trick hero Lucas Moura in Amsterdam last night. Now their North London rivals have a hat-trick hero of their own.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been absolutely outstanding for Arsenal tonight, and he's just completed his hat-trick with a brilliant finish as he hammers the ball into the roof of the net.
For those still keeping score, it's 4-2 to Arsenal on the night, and 7-3 to the Gunners on aggregate.