After the disappointment last year, Victor Moses and his Chelsea teammates got it right on Saturday as they secured a 1-0 win over Manchester United to win the 2018 FA Cup.
Eden Hazard was hacked down in the box by Phil Jones and the Belgian dusted them himself up to take the resultant kick which he buried in the net.
Hard as both teams tried there were no more goals as Chelsea held on to sign off the season on a high with the FA Cup title, the eighth in the club's history.
United began without Romelu Lukaku - only deemed fit enough for the bench following an ankle injury – meaning Marcus Rashford led the attack with Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard in support.
Ander Herrera was once again detailed to man-mark Hazard, who started behind Olivier Giroud in Conte’s 3-5-2 system with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois making his first appearance in the competition this season. Gary Cahill, this week recalled into the England squad for this summer’s World Cup finals, captained Chelsea and it was another of Gareth Southgate’s selections who made a shaky start.
Jones, preferred to centre-back
partner Chris Smalling by Southgate for his final 23, encapsulated a sloppy start from United, gifting Chelsea possession before Hazard made inroads down the left and fired a low shot which David De Gea kept out smartly at his near post.
It soon got worse for Jones. After lukewarm penalty appeals at either end – Nemanja Matic on Tiemoue Bakayoko (challenge began outside the box) and Cesar Azpilicueta on Alexis Sanchez (insufficient contact) – Chelsea were awarded a spot-kick as Jones, painfully slow into stride, allowed Hazard to burst past him before lunging in his direction with a last-ditch tackle as the Chelsea playmaker wound up to shoot.
Jones failed to get a touch on the ball and referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. Some supporters demanded a red card but Jones was saved by the triple punishment law change which ensure
only a penalty and yellow card is given if there was a genuine attempt to play the ball.
Hazard stroked home the penalty to De Gea’s left as he leapt
right and thoughts drifted to the summer when England face Belgium in the group stage. It will have been uncomfortable viewing for Southgate.
Hard as both sides tried there were no more goals.