Sometimes margins are impossibly good. Liverpool and Chelsea have met four times this season and have drawn four times. However, in both cup finals, Liverpool won both on penalties.
Reds have another taste of glory and you can enjoy more. Chelsea have nothing. This wasn’t the 22-kick marathon of the League Cup final in February, but 14 kicks here split the two. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson eventually blocked Chelsea’s Mason Mount. Liverpool’s FA Cup.
150 years after the first FA Cup final, it was the first day in history. The first ever 0-0 draw (5th overall) and the first ever Wembley FA Cup Final penalty shootout (though 3rd overall) in the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. It was also Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s first FA Cup win. Having lifted two domestic cups this season, he’s starting to answer rumors that despite all his apparent prowess at Liverpool, he hasn’t really won much silver there. These are currently four major trophies, with two more likely to come this season.
And that’s probably the real meaning of Liverpool’s victory. There was a clear sense of crisis when Edouard Mendy rescued Senegalese teammate Sadio Mane and took the gunfight to Sudden Death. No team has reached this stage of the season with hopes of a quarterfinal (Champions League, Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup) still alive. The less prestigious of England’s two domestic cup trophies has been very realistic and burdensome in its own right.
But the victory had consequences. Mohamed Salah was kicked off with a groin injury in the first half, while Virgil van Dyke was absent at the end of regular time. The two players’ stamina will also be questioned in the remaining two matches of the league season and in the Champions League final against Real Madrid two weeks later.
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For Chelsea, this was the end of an era. Roman Abramovich’s time as owner will not end with last season’s trophies, all that remains is to see if he deserves to play Champions League football next season under a consortium led by Todd Boehly. The form has been crumbling over the past few weeks and there are major doubts about the center forward position.
When Kai Havertz was injured, Romelu Lukaku started, but it didn’t affect the game much, and Timo Werner was left on the bench with a hamstring injury during the warm-up. central striker. He was then dropped by the less-discovered Ross Barkley, a bizarre series of events that meant that the defender should receive a penalty on penalties, in part.
But it wasn’t long before Chelsea won the title. Both teams have played four hours of scoreless football at Wembley this season, mostly absorbed, but there is a distinct sense of the two managers who know each other very well (although there were 58 shots).
The opening minute was reminiscent of the semi-finals, when Liverpool beat Manchester City at half-time. Moving on, Luis Díaz took advantage of the shaky interest between right wingbacks Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah to find space on the three-back right, but it was probably Chelsea who showed more potential once that avenue was closed. score. Offensive midfielder Mason Mount was most likely to make a breakthrough as usual, forward Christian Pulisic widened the right opportunities twice, left wing-back Marcos Alonso as well as hitting the bar with a free kick from a narrow angle, repeatedly Found a space. Behind Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
As the game progressed, Liverpool got better. Díaz’s disappointing afternoon continued with more achasils clipping the outside of the right post in one attempt. A minute later Andy Robertson shot towards the left post but Chelsea went into overtime and at this point it all felt strangely outdated. Fatigue and anxiety were evident. Not because of Wembley’s famous Cumberland lawns, but because these two teams played great football this season, Chelsea won the Club World Cup and Liverpool reached the Champions League final.
Liverpool looked like they were in danger of having the season that characterized Leeds under Don Levy. Two trophies are in the bag this season, and two more remain. Liverpool need a favor from West Ham against Manchester City on Sunday, but even if the league dodge Liverpool later this month, Paris could offer a glorious treble of the Cup.
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