Chelsea humiliate Arsenal with Eden Hazard-inspired 4-1 win in Europa League final

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Chelsea humiliate Arsenal with Eden Hazard-inspired 4-1 win in Europa League final Sean KearnsWednesday 29 May 2019 10:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Olivier Giroud scored Chelsea’s opener (Picture: Getty)Then Eden Hazard set-up Pedro to double Chelsea’s lead, before getting in on the act himself by converting from the spot after a foul from Ainsley Maintland-Niles on Giroud after an hour played.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlex Iwobi emerged from the bench after Hazard’s goal and got one back for Arsenal almost immediately as he smashed a sensational effort past Kepa from the edge of Chelsea’s box.But any hope of a comeback was short-lived as Hazard grabbed his second of the game after playing a one-two with Giroud.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe win is Chelsea’s second victory in the competition, adding to their first from 2013.It also marks Maurizio Sarri’s first trophy as a manager.MORE: Lucas Torreira crying on Arsenal’s bench during Europa League final defeat to Chelsea Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to an emphatic win (Picture: Getty)Eden Hazard scored twice on his final appearance for Chelsea as the Blues inflicted a humiliating 4-1 defeat on Arsenal in the Europa League final.There was nothing to separate the two sides after a tense opening 45 minutes in Baku, which was played in front of a far-from-full crowd.However, a 15 minute blitz after the interval brought three goals without reply for Chelsea to effectively seal victory in Azerbeijan.First was an expert header from Olivier Giroud, who directed Emerson’s cross past former team-mate Petr Cech in Arsenal’s goal.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Churches refuse to marry gay couples

first_imgTaranaki Daily News 10 Sep 2012Religious gay couples wishing to wed in Taranaki will struggle to find a church aisle to walk down, even if the Marriage Amendment Bill becomes law. Taranaki church leaders contacted by the Taranaki Daily News said their religious beliefs meant they would not marry gay couples, even if they had the option. The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill which would allow same-sex couples to marry is being considered by a select committee after passing by 80 votes to 40 in a Parliament conscience vote last month. New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young, Whanganui MP Chester Borrows and Taranaki-King Country MP Shane Ardern all voted against gay marriage, while Te Tai Hauauru MP Tariana Turia voted for it. Earlier this month 70 church leaders including the national heads of major church denominations made a joint statement in response to the bill. “All human beings are equal in the sight of both God and society, but not all relationships are the same. Marriage has uniquely been about the union of male and female. The state should not presume to re-engineer a basic human institution,” it said.Kim Francis, senior minister at New Plymouth’s St Andrew’s Presbyterian church, put his name to the joint statement and said he was “totally against” gay marriage and would not marry same-sex couples.Citywest senior pastor Steve Batten also said he won’t be marrying gay couples. “Marriage should be between a man and wife. That doesn’t mean I would be saying to gay people: ‘You can’t come to the church’.” He said his views were in keeping with those of the larger Assembly of God group of churches that Citywest belongs to and their leader, Reverend Illiafi Esera, had also signed the collective statement.Dean Jamie Allen, from St Mary’s Taranaki Cathedral, and Archdeacon of Parininihi, Tricia Carter, reiterated the Anglican position, which is that the church is “looking into it.” “Our church has been considering this issue for several years and it is currently being looked at by a commission chaired by Sir Anand Satyanand. This commission is due to report in 2014,” Mr Allen said.New Plymouth Central Baptist Church pastor Martien Kelderman said that as the law stands at this point, he would not marry a gay couple of his faith. He highlighted the fear that the clergy’s right to refuse to marry people will be taken away or they will be punished for refusing to marry gay couples. Mr Kelderman said he was known for refusing to conduct a Christian marriage for his brother.Family First gained a legal opinion which challenged a statement by the Human Rights Commission that asserted if the Bill becomes legal, no religious minister will be required to marry a same-sex couple, anywhere, including in a church. Parliament faces a final vote on the bill within the next yearhttp://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/7643078/Churches-refuse-to-marry-gay-couplesMinister hopes church will perform same-sex marriagesStuff.co.nz 10 Sep 2012An Anglican minister whose son is gay says she hopes the church will choose to perform same sex marriages if the Marriage Amendment Bill becomes law. “Sadly it’s only one interpretation of the Bible that is getting heard at the moment. You don’t have to choose between Christianity and homosexuality, they can exist together,” said Rev Val Riches, the regional dean of North East Taranaki.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7643107/Minister-hopes-church-will-perform-same-sex-marriageslast_img read more