Christian Pulisic had both a dream and nightmare outing in the FA Cup final, as he became the first USMNT player in history to score in the FA Cup final but looked to have severely injured his hamstring.
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Pulisic, 21, scored a superb opener at Wembley as he dazzled for Chelsea early on but right at the start of the second half he raced clear of the Arsenal defense, again, but appeared to injur=e his right hamstring badly before he took a shot.
Here’s a close look at a superb display for Pulisic which ended in injury.
2nd minute: Found on the ball and plays it back to Rudiger. Chelsea looking to play the ball direct early on.
7th minute: GOALLL! Finds Giroud centrally, then surges forward and finds Mount on the left. A cross from Mount is flicked to Pulisic by Giroud and he dinks home over Emiliano Martinez. Pulisic becomes the first USMNT player in history to score in an FA Cup final.
He is just the third American to play in an FA Cup final after John Harkes and Tim Howard.
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9th minute: Man, is he up for this. Pulisic puts Bellerin under pressure and wins the ball back for Chelsea.
11th minute: Lovely feet from Pulisic as he ran past two Arsenal defenders and at another two, before hitting a shot right at Emiliano Martinez.
14th minute: A nice flick to Giroud who didn’t quite read it. Lovely creativity.
20th minute: Picks up the ball on the left and is calm and composed on the ball. Always looking to drift inside.
31st minute: Cuts in from the right and flies past two players but Alonso fouls and the attack is over. Chelsea struggling after Arsenal’s equalizer.
38th minute: Found by Kovacic and plays it wide as Chelsea try and possess the ball after losing captain Azpilcueta to injury, who had given away the penalty kick Arsenal equalized from.
41st minute: Almost gets away but Arsenal stop him. A real nuisance.
45th minute: Tackled by Kieran Tierney, as Arsenal win a free kick right on the edge of the box but it is flashed wide.
47th minute: Right at the start of the second half he accelerates towards goal and is away from the Arsenal defense, but he pulls up in agony with a right hamstring injury before getting a shot away which is just wide. Somehow he still had a shot despite being in agony.
48th minute: Pulisic is in agony as he is helped off the pitch and Pedro replaces him. A dream start to the FA Cup final ends in agony for the American. Chelsea and USMNT fans everywhere will be waiting anxiously to hear the latest Pulisic injury update.
UPDATE: Pulisic went straight down the tunnel and was seen late in the second half as the other Chelsea players sat in the stand and watched their team.
Pulisic Watch: Goal, hamstring injury in FA Cup final originally appeared on NBCSports.com