CHELSEA 4-3 FRANKFURT: The Blues advance to Europa final

Europa League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 09/05/2019

Chelsea defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on a penalty shoot-out to advance to the Europa League finals at the Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.

Chelsea broke the deadlock in the 28th minute after a superb finish from Ruben Loftus-Cheek who beat Kelvin Trapp with a brilliant finish to put the ball to the bottom corner of the net.

Chelsea has been pushing hard to get a goal following David Luiz's effort from a header that was cleared by a Frankfurt defender.

Chelsea dominated the opening 45 minutes with Loftus -Cheek disturbing the defence of the away team for the greater part of the first half.

The first half ended in favour of Chelsea with a 1-0 lead at the Stamford Bridge as the Blues put one leg in the final of the Europa League final.

The second half started with Frankfurt lighting up Stamford Bridge after Luka Jovic found the back of the net with just four minutes into the second half that made the scores 1-1.

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri made the first substitution of the game with Pedro replacing Willian in the 62nd minute and the away team also made a substitution as Sebastian Rode was changed for Jonathan de Guzman in the 70th minute.

Sarri opted for the second sub after Andreas Christensen suffered a knocked and could not continue, he was replaced by Davide Zappacosta in the 74th minute of the match.

The Italian immediately announced his presence with a ferocious strike from the edge of the box but was saved by Trapp who pulled a superb effort to deny the Italian defender.

Loftus-Cheek was removed for Ross Barkley with four minutes to go as Chelsea made the third their change of the night, the 90 minutes ended 1-1 and on aggregate 2-2 the game will head to extra time.

Both teams could not score in the entire extra time as they headed for a penalty shoot-out to determine who makes the cut to the final of the Europa League.

Chelsea won 4-3 on penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 aggregate to qualify for the Europa League finals.