LONDON: Liverpool received an absorbing English FA Cup ultimate on Saturday (May 14) as they prevailed 6-5 in a penalty shootout after the Wembley showpiece by some means ended 0-0 after additional time.
Substitute Kostas Tsimikas slotted the profitable penalty after Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s had hit the put up and Alisson had saved Mason Mount’s effort.
Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy had stored his facet alive when he saved Sadio Mane’s penalty but it surely proved to no avail as Liverpool received the trophy for the primary time since 2006.
It was a carbon copy of the League Cup ultimate in February, which Liverpool received 11-10 on penalties after that sport additionally completed goalless.
Saturday’s win means Liverpool stay on course for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies.
They are three factors behind Manchester City within the Premier League race with two video games to go and meet Real Madrid within the Champions League ultimate on May 28.
“I’m really proud of my boys,” Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp advised the BBC. “Chelsea were outstanding but in the end there can only be one winner and today it was us.”
For Chelsea it meant an unwelcome document of turning into the primary facet to lose three FA Cup finals in a row, after shedding to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester City final yr.
In a match of fluctuating fortunes and baggage of missed probabilities, Liverpool had the most effective of a pulsating first half with Luis Diaz shut a number of occasions, earlier than Chelsea got here again within the second, with Marcos Alonso rattling the crossbar.
Klopp’s Liverpool loved the higher possession and completed the 90 minutes on high, Diaz and Andrew Robertson each hitting the put up within the ultimate 10 minutes and the indefatigable Diaz whistling a shot simply broad within the ninetieth.
Tired legs on a heat day contributed to a scrappy additional time interval, although each side earned corners that had been comfortably defended.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was handed the Cup by Prince William to roars from the Liverpool followers whereas the Chelsea finish was largely empty.
Source : channelnewsasia.com