Manchester City retained the League Cup by edging Chelsea 4-3 on penalties after a thrilling tie at Wembley Sunday.
City goalkeeper Ederson denied Jorginho and David Luiz hit the post in the shootout before Raheem Sterling smashed the winning penalty past Kepa Arrizabagala.
There were extraordinary scenes at the end of the cagey affair after an incredible bust-up between Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Italian tried to replace the world’s most expensive player towards the end as he’d received treatment for an injury in the final stages, but he refused to come off for Willy Caballero, who Sarri attempted to introduce.
Until that flashpoint, the afternoon had been a success for Sarri just two weeks on from Chelsea’s worst defeat since 1991 in a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of City in the Premier League.
Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick in the Etihad mauling a fortnight ago, but the Argentine could only volley over with the best chance of a first half with precious few opportunities.
City were dealt an injury blow as Vincent Kompany had to replace Aymeric Laporte at halftime, and Hazard routinely exposed his Belgian international teammate’s lack of pace after the break.
Sarri’s gameplan nearly worked perfectly 24 minutes from time when Hazard let Kompany trailing and crossed for N’Golo Kante, but the French World Cup winner couldn’t keep his shot under the bar.
Ross Barkley then curled just off target as Chelsea grew in confidence before more Hazard magic opened up City again only for Pedro Rodriguez’s cross to be cut out when the Spaniard should have gone for goal.
Only the finest of margins denied Hazard once more in stoppage time as he raced clear on goal only to see the offside flag go up to Sarri’s dismay.
City regained a semblance of control in extra-time, and a combination of Cesar Azpilicueta and Kepa prevented Aguero turning home Sterling’s cross from point-blank range.
Aguero had one final chance to win it three minutes from time, but Kepa made his best save of the game low to his left before refusing to make way for Caballero.
Sterling sealed the start of a potential quadruple of trophies this season by drilling his penalty in off the underside of the bar to send his team running towards his team running towards him in celebration.