Antonio Conte and Chelsea’s dreams of winning the league and cup double was shattered with a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup finals at Wembley. Though Arsenal dominated first half proceedings, the match could have gone any way had it been not for some contentious decisions by the match officials. Here are the 3 big moments that decided the game:
ALEXIS SANCHEZ’S CONTROVERSIAL GOAL:
Just as the match began with the contest even, an Arsenal attack was almost brought to nothing as Kante’s attempted clearance was blocked by the strayed hands of Sanchez, who eroded his markers and shot to score for Arsenal. Besides Ramsey was in an offside position possibly interfering with play as Chelsea goalkeeper, Courtois had thought he would strike the ball only for Sanchez to do so. A handball and an interference with play based on the goalkeeper’s view are good reasons to disallow the goal.
MESUT OZIL’S DANGEROUS TACKLE ON HAZARD:
How many times have we seen match officials play double standards in a football match? Too numerous to mention. Certainly, we know the men in the middle are humans and so they are fallible. But certain schoolboy errors need to be eliminated from the game to promote the spirit of sportsmanship. Arsenal’s game plan of keeping Chelsea’s magician, Eden Hazard didn’t quite work out entirely as his mazy runs were soon leading to Chelsea’s momentum in attack. Just as in a moment in the first half, the Belgian received the ball and sped past Mesut Ozil who brought him down with a dangerous tackle from behind and the decision was shocking: ‘no card from the referee’. Even with the Belgian rolling on the floor in pain holding his legs, the referee waved on for play to continue before he took action to stop it. That tackle deserved at least a yellow card.
VICTOR MOSES SENDING OFF:
Arsenal players were all about the field making tackles with reckless abandon. Rob Holding’s incessant tackles on Diego Costa and Ramsey on any Chelsea player with the ball, but Victor Moses makes a slightly imposing tackle on Welbeck in the second half and the referee issues him a yellow card and later gives him another yellow(equal to a red card) to end his game abruptly. If the referee didn’t see Ozil’s tackle on Hazard as a bookable offence then Moses first yellow card shouldn’t have been given. Let’s call for fairness in the game.
Let’s relive the moments. Cheers!