Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the FA Cup

Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the FA Cup

Add the FA Cup at collection. Jürgen Klopp has now won every major title for liverpool.

A 6-5 victory over Chelsea on penalties in Saturday’s final produced Liverpool’s first FA Cup triumph since 2006 and kept them in contention for a potentially so unlikely quadruple of trophies.

Just like in the League Cup final in February, the FA Cup showpiece ended 0-0 in 120 minutes before Liverpool prevailed again. This time the Reds were helped by Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount’s penalty which was saved before Konstantinos Tsimikas secured the shootout victory with his first ever goal for the club.

In two weeks, Liverpool will be hoping to collect another trophy by beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Before that, Klopp must hope Manchester City slip up in the final two rounds of the English Premier League and Liverpool take the opportunity to reclaim that trophy.

“It’s also part of the ‘monsters of mentality’, going to extra time and maintaining the high level, performing well,” said Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. “It gives us even more confidence to continue for the Premier League and also the Champions League final. It’s a fantastic moment and now we just have to enjoy it.”

There was only more pain at Wembley for Chelsea. Weeks of ownership turmoil for Chelsea come to an end by becoming the first team to lose three consecutive FA Cup final appearances, having been beaten by Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester last year.

The final of the oldest competition in world football has never before been sanctioned at Wembley. There hadn’t even been a goalless final after extra time since it began playing at the National Stadium in 1923.

But Liverpool’s last FA Cup success of 2006 came in one of two previous shootouts that settled the cup final which took place in Cardiff during the rebuilding of Wembley.

Saturday’s final ended with half the stadium shrouded in a haze of red smoke after starting under a cloud as Liverpool fans mocked the national anthem and Prince William’s introduction.

After the FA Cup 150th anniversary ceremony, the 141st final was more tense than turgid, just like the League Cup final in February. There have been 58 shots produced by the teams without finding the net in their two games at Wembley in 2022.

A chance came early for Liverpool with Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saving from Luis Díaz. Then came the Christian Pulisic shot which slipped into a frustrating afternoon for the Chelsea striker.

The first half was punctuated by injury delays for Liverpool players.

Alisson needed treatment after his shin took a knock blocking Marcos Alonso’s shot. The goalkeeper recovered but Mohamed Salah was quick to go down. The striker couldn’t continue due to groin pain but was able to start unassisted when he was substituted by Diogo Jota in the 33rd minute.

Liverpool missed the Premier League top scorer threat. Chelsea missed their chances to exploit this.

A blistering start to the second half by Chelsea saw Alonso shoot wide and send a free-kick over the crossbar around Pulisic’s effort repelled by Alisson’s diving save.

A late flurry of tries from Liverpool could not prevent the game going into extra time with the post hit by Díaz from a tight angle and Andy Robertson from close range.

The only precedent without a goal in extra time at Wembley dates back to 2005, when Arsenal won one of their record 14 titles.

Now Liverpool have the eighth FA Cup they have been waiting 16 years to win.

Associated Press report.


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