Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Hazard’s penalty seals Blues’ eighth FA Cup trophy

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot

Chelsea have won this season’s FA Cup following a slender 1-0 victory over Manchester United, following Eden Hazard’s well-taken penalty midway through the first-half. United themselves created chances aplenty but the Blues held firm defensively when needed and were helped by important saves by Thibaut Courtois during a nervy second-half at Wembley.   Continue reading

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Why Real Madrid and Mateo Kovacic face big decisions

Despite his ability, Kovacic has played a bit-part role this season for Los Blancos

In August 2015, Real Madrid made a surprise move to sign Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic for £25 million. There wasn’t much fanfare surrounding Kovacic’s arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite many other European sides monitoring his progress in Italy. The Croatia international had thrived at Inter. He became a key player, racking up 97 appearances for the Nerazzurri, all before turning 21.

Kovacic turns 24 on Sunday. Despite achieving success at Madrid, he will be disappointed with his lack of playing time. He’s made 18 La Liga appearances and six more in the Champions League this season. Combined, however, it amounts to just over 1,050 first-team minutes.

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Why Jonjo Shelvey deserves England selection for Russia 2018

Jonjo Shelvey has come into his own under Rafa Benitez's tutelage. He deserves a place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad.

It’s been a difficult few years for Jonjo Shelvey. When your youth career takes you from Arsenal to West Ham to Charlton, it may not be a surprise you must mature the hard way. He wasn’t ready when Liverpool signed him in 2010.

Eight years on, Shelvey is one of Rafa Benitez’s best players. He and Jamaal Lascelles could represent the Geordie Nation at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

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