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Chelsea and Arsenal reach final to make history

9 May 2019
Eden Hazard and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

England become first nation to provide all four Europa League and Champions League finalists in a season

Chelsea and Arsenal will meet in the UEFA Europa League final after confirming a historic feat for the Premier League.

Kepa Arrizabalaga and Eden Hazard were the heroes in Chelsea's penalty shootout victory over Eintracht Frankfurt while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brilliant hat-trick helped Arsenal past Valencia. 

The clubs' success means England is the first nation to provide all four finalists in UEFA competitions in one season, thanks to Champions League semi-final wins for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Shootout success

Kepa saved two spot-kicks as Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw with Frankfurt.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek slotted in the Blues' opener at Stamford Bridge before Luka Jovic's strike forced extra-time. 

After Cesar Azpilicueta's penalty miss, Kepa denied Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciancia, to allow Hazard to set up a London derby in the final in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Wednesday 29 May.

See: Chelsea report

Aubameyang the hero

Aubameyang's treble inspired a 4-2 victory for Arsenal to seal a 7-3 aggregate triumph in Spain.

Kevin Gameiro put the home side in front on 11 minutes, but Aubameyang scored superbly from outside the area before Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal 2-1 up five minutes after half-time. 

Gameiro struck again eight minutes later but Aubameyang netted twice more to wrap up their victory on the night.

See: Arsenal report

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