Liverpool saved their hopes of profitable the quadruple alive with a 6-5 penalty shootout victory over Chelsea within the FA Cup remaining at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Cesar Azpilicueta missed and Mason Mount noticed his spot kick saved for Chelsea as Kostas Tsimikas scored the decisive penalty.
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The perimeters, assembly in a second home cup remaining this season, performed an entertaining, scoreless draw over 120 minutes earlier than deciding it on penalties.
It was a carbon copy of the League Cup remaining in February, which Liverpool gained 11-10 on penalties after that sport additionally completed goalless.
Saturday’s win means Liverpool stay on track for an unprecedented Quadruple of trophies.
They’re three factors behind Manchester City within the Premier League race with two video games to go and meet Real Madrid within the Champions League remaining on Could 28.
“I am actually happy with my boys,” Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp instructed the BBC. “Chelsea had been excellent, however ultimately there can solely be one winner and at this time it was us.”
For Chelsea, it meant an unwelcome file 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.
Liverpool had been on prime early with Luis Diaz a selected risk. A through-ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold put Diaz by way of on purpose within the eighth minute, however Edouard Mendy denied him earlier than Naby Keita put the rebound huge.
Chelsea responded nicely to Liverpool’s strain, with Christian Pulisic going shut on 23 minutes after glorious play between Mount and Reece James on the proper wing. Shortly after, Pulisic’s cross gave Marcos Alonso a sight of purpose, however Alisson was off his line rapidly to disclaim the Chelsea defender.
On 33 minutes, Liverpool suffered a blow when Mohamed Salah was compelled off as a consequence of harm. Diogo Jota got here on in his place and put an excellent likelihood simply over moments earlier than half-time.
Chelsea made the sooner begin after the break with Pulisic drawing a save from Alisson and Alonso hanging the crossbar from a free kick, however either side toiled and will create solely half-chances for a lot of the second interval.
Liverpool had a golden likelihood to win the trophy in regular time when substitute James Milner‘s cross discovered Andy Robertson, however he struck the submit from shut vary.
Liverpool had been dealt one other blow forward of additional time as Virgil van Dijk went off, seemingly injured, and was changed by Joel Matip.
Neither facet had been capable of finding a breakthrough within the further 30 minutes, that means spot kicks for the second time this season.
Mendy had saved Chelsea alive when he saved Sadio Mane‘s penalty, however it proved to no avail, as Liverpool gained the trophy for the primary time since 2006.
Sadly for Chelsea, as in February, it was a case of so close to but thus far, though supervisor Thomas Tuchel had no regrets.
“Like within the final remaining, the League Cup, no regrets. I instructed the crew I used to be proud,” he instructed reporters. “We performed 240 minutes in two finals towards possibly essentially the most harmful attacking crew on the earth and it is 0-0.
“I used to be positive throughout the match the momentum was on our facet, however sadly I used to be not proper.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was handed the cup by Prince William to roars from the Liverpool followers, whereas the Chelsea finish was largely empty.
“It is a large second for us — we’ve not been on this remaining for a while, so to win it was particular,” Henderson mentioned.
The win was Liverpool’s eighth within the 150-year historical past of the FA Cup, drawing them degree with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal have gained essentially the most with 14.
Data from Reuters was used on this report.