Tears of joy and sadness: Celebrations as Chelsea are presented with the FA cup by the widow of Ray Wilkins after win against Manchester United
- Chelsea triumphed 1-0 against Manchester United taking home cup for 8th time
- Antonio Conte celebrated victory in what is expected to be his final appearance
- Emily Haig led the teams and fans through a rendition of God Save the Queen
- Blundering BBC cameramen panned across the crowd while Eurofighter passed
- Then the camera panned across an empty sky, failing to catch but a tail of a jet
Chelsea swept to victory tonight at Wembley – winning the FA cup in a 1-0 standoff against Manchester United.
The team triumphed thanks to a first-half Eden Hazard penalty, withstanding a barrage of second-half pressure from Jose Mourinho’s side.
For the eighth time in their history the side will take the FA cup home.
Chelsea have been crowned FA Cup winners 2017/18 after narrowly edging out rivals Manchester United at Wembley
Marcos Alonso hoists the trophy aloft from the victors’ balcony at the national stadium as his team-mates celebrate
The celebrations continued onto the pitch for the Blues as manager Conte cracked open the champagne
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte celebrated victory tonight after the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, whose effort may have won his team the night, celebrated after their win against Manchester United
They were presented with the trophy by the widow of Ray Wilkins – who won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983.
The 137th FA Cup final – and first utilising a video assistant referee – was not as cagey as some had feared but was hardly a rip-roaring affair as the Blues looked to atone for last season’s shock finale defeat and a tepid Premier League title defence.
Tension behind the scenes has led to an uneasy feeling growing at Stamford Bridge, but Conte and all those clad in blue enjoyed a moment to savour as Hazard marked his 300th appearance for the club with a first-half winner.
The 27-year-old earned the spot-kick from which he scored, with United struggling to gather a coherent response and then failing to beat Thibaut Courtois after the break as Paul Pogba wasted the greatest chance late on.
Mourinho reacted with grace, embracing his opposite number Antonio Conte.
In snatching the title Chelsea have salvaged some silverware from a sub-standard season. They also made up for last year’s FA Cup final disappointment.
Jose Mourinho congratulated his rival Antonio Conte, while Chelsea’s backroom staff rushed in to celebrate with the boss
Thibaut Courtois and Cezar Azpilicueta roared in delight at the final whistle as a dejected Romelu Lukaku walked on by
The famous trophy was presented by the widow of the late football hero Ray Wilkins
Ray Wilkins, his wife Jackie and their son Ross pose for a photograph with the FA Cup in Manchester in July 1983. Jackie presented the trophy to Chelsea
A banner is displayed in the memory of the late Ray Wilkins who captained Chelsea and played for Manchester United. Chelsea triumphed 1-0 tonight
Man U fans fly flags in the moments before the flypast marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF
Win or lose, it was expected pre-match that this would be Antonio Conte’s final match of his two-year spell as Chelsea head coach.
He was up against his immediate predecessor as permanent boss, Jose Mourinho, once so loved by Blues fans and still Chelsea’s most successful manager.
Blues supporters chanted ‘Antonio, Antonio’ after Eden Hazard’s penalty went in and lauded their head coach afterwards.
Marking the poignant match – in which two of Wilkins team’s played against one another – it was announced the star’s widow would present the cup.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte urged his side to remain focused as United started to add pressure in the second half
Hazard cupped his hand to his ear while heading off to celebration in front of the Manchester United end of the stadium
Olivier Giroud grabbed his attacking partner to roar in celebration after Chelsea took first blood in the match
Wilkins enjoyed a playing career that spanned three decades and he starred for clubs in four different countries.
After retiring from football in 1997, he became a manager and coach, most recently at Aston Villa .
He battled poor health including ulcerative colitis over the last few years and was given the all clear after a double heart bypass operation last July.
It comes after the final was marked by a spectacular Eurofighter Typhoon flypast over Wembley – but bumbling BBC cameramen managed to miss the moment.
Instead, the red faced operators managed to broadcast the faces of fans in stands, gawking up at the amazing sight.
Chelsea take on Manchester United tonight in front of 90,00 fans this evening.
And while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had their fair share of attention today, eyes turned towards Wembley this afternoon in tense anticipation.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF.
In the minutes before kick off commentator Steve Wilson alerted viewers to the fact there would be pause before the national anthem so it would end perfectly in time with a celebratory Eurofighter Typhoon flypast.
‘There is going to be a flypast over Wembley after the national anthem, which will need to be choreographed. That might explain the pause before the anthem,’ announced Wilson.
Finally, managing to catch up with the two Eurofighter Typhoons, the cameramen snatch just seconds of footage for viewers at home
Empty sky: Bumbling BBC cameramen missed the flypast, instead broadcasting the faces of aw-struck fans
As expected there was a slight pause before soprano Emily Haig led the teams and fans through a rendition of God Save the Queen.
But as it came to an end, instead of pointing skywards, the camera panned across the crowd.
A Wilkins banner was also draped across the Chelsea section, as the Blues paid tribute to one of their greats
Instead of capturing the flypast, the ‘choreographed’ shot captured only the faces of fans looking upwards.
Second later, the image cut to an aerial shot of the stadium – but the jets were nowhere to be seen.
The cameraman was seen to pan desperately into the distance. However, they were only able to catch the tail end of a fighter as it disappeared into the distance.
Viewers took to social media to mock the BBC’s blundering cameramen.
One disgruntled viewer wrote: ‘The most interesting part of the Cup Final was the flypast and the BBC didn’t show it. Useless as per usual.’
Another wrote: ‘Great, the only interest I had in today’s FA Cup Final was the RAF flypast and the BBC missed It!’
And Alex Hamilton added: ‘TYPICAL BBC – mention delay due to timing for flypast after national anthem then MISS the flypast.’S
Chris Williams also waded in, adding: ‘Awesome TV direction at the FA Cup final. ‘We’re waiting for a flypast’ so we’ll show you the crowd until we miss it.’
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