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Ruben Loftus-Cheek had given Chelsea a 28th-minute lead with a well-taken goal, the England midfielder’s 10th of the season – four of which have come in this competition.
The visitors, however, drew level through in-form forward Luka Jovic four minutes into the second half with his 27th goal of the season, before the semi-final, the second leg went to penalties.
And despite Cesar Azpilicueta seeing his spot-kick saved by Kevin Trapp, Kepa Arrizabalaga then kept out two Frankfurt penalties to become his side’s hero in the shoot-out as Chelsea set up a final with Arsenal in Baku on May 27.
Valencia cancelled one of the two-goal deficit from the first leg through Kevin Gameiro’s close-range finish in the 11th minute, but Aubameyang gave Arsenal further control in the tie with a fine half-volley shortly after.
Alexandre Lacazette then put the Gunners ahead on the night with a finish into the corner from 15 yards in the 50th minute, meaning Valencia needed four, and they got one through Gameiro’s bundled finish in the 58 minutes.
But Arsenal regained their advantage through Aubameyang’s near-post finish (69), and the Gabon striker got his hat-trick and 29th of the campaign with a thumping effort from an acute angle (89).
Arsenal will face Chelsea who defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 on penalties in the final in Baku on May 29.
According to him, his team could have picked all three points against United if they had been more clinical.
Addressing newsmen after the match, Musa said his players were the better side.
“We are supposed to win this match. We had many goal-scoring chances but failed to convert them,” he said.
“Nevertheless, we thank God for the effort by our players to pick a point and we will go back to the drawing board to correct our mistakes, especially in the finishing area.”
The coach said that he was in no doubt about the chances of Kano Pillars in picking a ticket from their group for the NPFL Super 6.
He assured the club’s fans that his team would work hard to ensure that Pillars end the season on a positive note.
“You all know that Kano Pillars is a great team and one of the best teams in Nigeria. We are even supposed to be topping our group, but football is unpredictable,” he added
“Nevertheless, we are doing our best to be in the Super 6.”
According to the Flying Eagles Media Officer, Andrew Randa, the youngster had pledged his allegiance to the senior national team.
But Randa did not state reasons Chukwueze opted out of the Poland U-20 World Cup after initially expressing interest in playing for the Flying Eagles.
It might, however, be connected with his team, Villarreal, insisting that the U-17 World Cup winner would only be allowed to take part in one of the two competitions.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has shown interest in the winger, with the U-23 Coach, Imama Amakapabo, also joining in the race to have him in his team.
Former Côte d’Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure has called time on his football career and will focus on becoming a coach, according to his agent, Dimitry Seluk.
Concise News understands that the former African footballer of the year has not played since having his contract at Greek side Olympiakos terminated in December 2018.
Toure, 35, had moved to Greece following his release by Manchester City last summer.
He won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups.
“Yaya has decided to end his career as a champion,” Seluk said.
The Brazilian has enjoyed a fine season at the heart of the Blues’ defence, making 48 appearances across the campaign and scoring three goals as the Blues sealed a return to the Champions League and booked a place in the Europa League final.