Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2 (AET, 5-4 on Penalties): Adrian the Hero in Reds Super Cup Win

Home » Liverpool 2 Chelsea 2 (AET, 5-4 on Penalties): Adrian the Hero in Reds Super Cup Win

Tammy Abraham saw the Blues’ fifth penalty saved by Liverpool’s stand-in goalkeeper Adrian as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.

Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to lift the Super Cup title after the game finished a 1-1 draw in full time and 2-2 after extra time.

Olivier Giroud put the Blues ahead in the first half, but the introduction of Roberto Firminho at the break sparked Liverpool’s front as he set up Sadio Mane for the equaliser.

In extra time, the Brazilian set up Mane again and the Reds took control of the match for the first time, before Jorginho pulled the game level from the spot kick.

But it was the Champions League winners who prevailed on penalties, with goalkeeper Adrian denying Abraham with his right leg to secure the victory for Liverpool.

Lampard’s side dominated the game for large periods and Kepa Arrizabalaga denied Mohamed Salah early on, before Pedro brushed the crossbar on the other end.

Chelsea took a deserved lead in the 36th minute when Christian Pulisic found Giroud with a through ball, and the striker slotted home beyond Adrian.

Pulisic thought he had doubled the advantage when he cut inside from the left wing to blast into the bottom-left corner, however, a belated offside flag stopped his celebrations.

That allowed the Reds to draw level three minutes into the second half. Substitute Firminho was the creator of the goal, bringing down Fabinho’s lofted pass and unselfishly passing sideways to Mane, who beat the Chelsea ‘keeper at the second attempt.

Kepa then made two saves in quick succession with 15 minutes to full time as he parried Salah’s deflected shot before reacting sharply to stop Virgil Van Dijk’s rebound striker on the woodwork.

Substitute Mason Mount thought he had won it for Chelsea with three minutes to go but he was ruled marginally offside.

Firminho and Mane combined again in extra time to make it 2-1, but Chelsea responded from the spot when Adrian brought down Abraham, allowing Jorginho to convert the penalty in the coolest fashion.

Liverpool scored all their five penalties before Abraham missed the final Chelsea spot kick, sparking celebrations from the Reds bench as Jurgen Klopp ran down the pitch to congratulate his goalkeeper.

What the managers said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to BT Sport:

 “It was a very difficult game for both teams. It was all about winning it and we did that in the end.

“Nobody in the stadium wanted extra time, it was a killer. I’m not sure about the penalty but who cares now.

“We started well then dropped off… we could talk about football but it’s too late now. We had to fight and the boys did tonight.”

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard speaking to BT Sport:

 “I’ve got nothing but pride in the team and the performance, and confidence in what that means.

“It was a tough game against a good Liverpool team that had extra time to recover after the weekend. But sometimes football comes down to little moments of luck.”

What’s next?

Both sides return to Premier League action this weekend, with Liverpool traveling to Southampton and Chelsea playing at home to Leicester City.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49332825

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