Alisson Becker and Kostas Tsimikas were the heroes of the penalty shootout as Liverpool secured a 6-5 penalty victory against Chelsea to win the FA Cup and keep the quest for an unprecedented quadruple alive.
Just 76 days after the Reds edged out Thomas Tuchel’s men on penalties following a goalless Carabao Cup final, Wembley witnessed another thrilling clash between these teams that went to the wire.
Nothing could separate them after 90 minutes and extra time again, despite Luis Diaz coming close on several occasions. Marcos Alonso was denied by the bar for Chelsea, while Andy Roberson missed some great chances for Liverpool.
Edouard Mendy stopped Sadio Mané from scoring the winning goal after Cesar Azpilicueta hit the post, but Alisson kept Mason Mount’s penalty. This set the stage for Kostas Tsimikas, who made no mistake sending his teammates and Jurgen Klopp onto the field to celebrate with him.
Chelsea falls short again
In their 60th game and fourth final of the season, Chelsea suffered an FA Cup heartbreak for the third year in a row.
It took 14 penalties to separate them from Liverpool, whose quadruple chase lives on.
This will be a particularly bitter pill for Thomas Tuchel to swallow as, once again, Jurgen Klopp couldn’t find a way to overtake him in 90 minutes or overtime – but he still emerges victorious.
This game was a near carbon copy of the February Carabao Cup final. Another goalless draw that should yield countless goals. Another elongated gunfight.
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The list keeps growing…
Tuchel in Kovacic Ankle State
Tuchel gave an idea of just how bad Mateo Kovacic’s ankle injury was.
He said: “I didn’t know it was possible that it could fit in a shoe.”
The midfielder played in pain and was impressive for 66 minutes before being substituted.
Jordan Henderson’s Post-Game Thoughts
End the problem…
Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Kai Havertz was out with a hamstring injury, as he did not train yesterday.
A similar problem for Timo Werner, who felt a hamstring problem in the warm-up before kick-off. Chelsea decided not to risk the German.
From one #21 to another…
Chelsea player rating
Mateo Kovacic 7
A player with a big game mentality and that was necessary, especially in the first half when Liverpool were at the top. He constantly showed for the ball and gained possession at key moments. Notable, he lasted over an hour with an ankle injury.
Played a major role in Chelsea’s wrestling back in the game. His calm head was crucial in keeping his teammates focused in the eye of the storm.
Mark Alonso 8
Could have scored a hat trick. He really annoyed Liverpool for playing so high. Forced a save, he hit the bar and put another chance just to the side.
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Roberto Firmino is already eyeing the Champions League final!
Two weeks today, Liverpool face Real Madrid in Paris, seeking revenge after their 3-1 defeat to the Spanish side in 2018.
It promises to be an amazing date.
Liverpool didn’t have a single shot in extra time, with both sides looking incredibly tired.
Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were sent off, Andy Robertson substituted at the end – playing as many games is perhaps catching up to Liverpool.
Only three to go – history is yet to be made.