FA Cup final score: Arsenal takes down Chelsea for record 14th trophySporting News — (Jordan Heck)
Arsenal won the FA Cup final over Chelsea on Saturday with a 2-1 victory.
Chelsea faced a number of obstacles in the loss. For starters, Cesar Azpilicueta left the game with an injury in the first half. As the second half started, Christian Pulisic suffered an apparent hamstring injury, ending his day. Later in the second half, Mateo Kovacic picked up a second yellow card, leaving Chelsea down a man as play resumed down the stretch.
On Arsenal's side, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shined by scoring twice in the empty Wembley Stadium. He scored Arsenal's only two goals in the win (Pulisic scored for Chelsea).
The win gives Arsenal a record 14 FA Cup final victories. Arsenal has now won four FA Cup finals in the past seven years.
"Credit to the lads for a fantastic cup run, it just wasn't our day today," Chelsea said on Twitter.
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Christian Pulisic gives Chelsea 1-0 lead
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ties it up
Aubameyang with go-ahead goal
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Arsenal score
(All times Eastern)
Final score: Arsenal 2, Chelsea 1
2:34 — ARSENAL WINS!
2:30 — Yet another man down for Chelsea as Pedro Rodriguez suffers an apparent shoulder injury. He's laid down on the pitch for several minutes after the game entered extra time. Pedro was later carried off on a stretcher as the game entered its 100th minute.
2:21 — Seven minutes of extra time has been added.
2:05 — Things are getting bad for Chelsea.
Kovacic picked up his second yellow card, sending him off. That leaves Chelsea a man down and a goal down. Not to mention Chelsea has already dealt with injury problems in this game with the exits of Pulisic and Azpilicueta.
1:55 — WE HAVE ANOTHER GOAL!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang knocks through his second goal of the day, giving Arsenal a 2-1 lead over Chelsea. His goal was scored in the 67th minute of play.
1:40 — A massive blow to Chelsea as Christian Pulisic is done for the day with what looks like a pulled hamstring.
Pedro Rodriguez came in to replace Pulisic.
This is now the second injury to Chelsea after Azpilicueta exited in the first half.
1:30 — Second half play has begun.
Halftime recap — The FA Cup final is tied at 1-1 between Chelsea and Arsenal.
Christian Pulisic got things started off early with a historic goal, giving Chelsea a 1-0 lead at the five-minute mark. Pepe would later score a tying goal, but it wasn't counted as an offside negated the goal.
Shortly after, however, Chelsea's Azpilicueta picked up a yellow card, giving Arsenal a penalty kick. Aubameyang took the kick and made the goal, tying things up. Azpilicueta would get injured, forcing Chelsea into a first-half substitution. Christensen replaced Azpilicueta.
1:22 — We've now reached halftime.
1:17 — Five minutes of extra time was added.
1:05 — We have a slight break in the action now as Cesar Azpilicueta is down with an injury.
Chelsea is forced into a first-half substitution as Azpilicueta leaves. Replacing him is Andreas Christensen.
1:01 — Some fun history regarding the goals scored so far in this one.
1:00 — ANOTHER GOAL!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converts the penalty kick and scores in the 30th minute.
12:58 — There's some action going on now. A yellow card was handed to Cesar Azpilicueta after he took down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. As a result, a penalty kick was given to Arsenal.
12:57 — Arsenal gets the tying score from Nicolas Pepe ... but it doesn't count. The goal was ruled offside and therefore not a legal goal.
12:48 — Arsenal gets a free kick near Chelsea's goal, but is unable to take advantage. Dani Ceballos took the kick, but the ball sailed just over the net.
12:37 — AND WE HAVE OUR FIRST SCORE!
Christian Pulisic gets Chelsea on the board early with a goal within the first five minutes of play. At 4:58 in the game, Pulisic is able to weave his way around the defense in order to get the first goal of the game.
In addition to giving Chelsea the 1-0 lead, Pulisic made history. He became the first U.S. international to score in an FA Cup final.
12:30 — And the main event is underway. Christian Pulisic has an opportunity to secure his first major trophy if Chelsea is able to win today.
Noon — We're a half-hour away from the start of the FA Cup final. Chelsea and Arsenal are both ready for the big game.