Hazard the hero as Chelsea hold firm to win FA Cup

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Chelsea’s Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) vies with Manchester United’s English defender Chris Smalling during the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London on May 19, 2018. Glyn KIRK / AFP

Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup thanks to Eden Hazard’s penalty at Wembley on Saturday to salvage a disappointing season.

In what is still widely expected to be Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s final game in charge, the Blues withstood a second-half onslaught from United after Hazard’s 22nd-minute spot-kick to ensure Jose Mourinho’s men end the season trophyless.

On a day where the world’s eyes were on a royal wedding 18 miles west in Windsor, Chelsea reigned on the field to salvage a campaign in which they failed to even qualify for the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League.