After the League Cup, Liverpool now also wins FA Cup on penalties against Chelsea, which loses the final for the third year in a row

The 2022 FA Cup final was also the celebration of 150 years of cup football in England. After all, in 1872 the very first final took place, when it was won by the long-defunct Wanderers FC.

With Chelsea, another club from London was able to win a century and a half later. The Blues They counted on Romelu Lukaku, who was actually in the base for this. Opponent on duty: Liverpool, where Divock Origi started on the bench. A replay of the League Cup final in February, which Liverpool won after an unlikely penalty shootout. The Reds won it 11-10 after substitute goalkeeper Kepa missed the decisive penalty for Chelsea.

Exit Salah

Liverpool started the best at Wembley. Two near chances were immediately decorated, and Chelsea keeper Mendy had to make a good save on an attempt by Diaz. Liverpool remained the better team after that, until Chelsea came up short halfway through the first half. Pulisic narrowly kicked in front, Alonso failed to face Alisson.

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Mohamed Salah, the star player of Liverpool, sat down moments later. End of the final for the Egyptian, who had to be substituted. Romelu Lukaku in turn gave his first real sign of life shortly before half-time. At first he couldn’t take a hit after a good pass from Mount, but he succeeded in extra time. However, the Red Devil’s shot went over.

Lukaku substituted

The start of the second half turned out to be a copy of the first, but with a different color: this time it was Chelsea that got off to a strong start. In the first five minutes, Alonso shot just wide, Pulisic forced Alisson to make an excellent save, and Alonso shot another free kick at the crossbar. Liverpool responded with opportunities for Diaz and Keita.

It didn’t come to really great opportunities for a while afterwards. Meanwhile, the clock ticked on, with fifteen minutes to go, Reece James received the first yellow card of the match on behalf of Chelsea – also remarkable. Moments later, Liverpool actually launched an offensive. Diaz hit the post first, a minute later Robertson did the same at close range. Shortly afterwards, a pale Romelu Lukaku was substituted for Chelsea.

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After 90 minutes there was no winner. So extensions, and Liverpool started without Virgil Van Dijk. Chelsea put pressure: Ziyech didn’t get a penalty after a push from Konate, Liverpool was pushed back into their own half. But there were no real great opportunities, so penalty kicks had to make the decision, just like in the League Cup.

Alisson saves, Tsimikas finishes

Both teams opened the penalty shootout with a goal, but it went wrong with Chelsea’s second penalty: Azpilicueta aimed the ball at the post. The Blues were so dependent on chasing: James and Barkley did not miss, but at Liverpool also Thiago, Firmino and Alexander-Arnold hit.

Jorginho absolutely had to score for Chelsea and he did: the Italian made it 4-4, so all the pressure was on Sadio Mane’s shoulders. However, the Senegalese kicked a faint eleven meter: Mendy saved. And so we moved on. Ziyech and Jota made it 5-5, after which Mount saw his penalty saved by Alisson. Another match point for Liverpool, Tsimikas did finish it this time and gave Liverpool the FA Cup (6-5).

For Liverpool, it is the eighth FA Cup in history and their first since 2006. For Chelsea, the curse of Wembley continues: The Blues also lost the FA Cup final in the previous two years and therefore had to dust themselves earlier this year. bite against Liverpool in the League Cup final. Liverpool also keeps the dream of a great quadruple alive: it can also win the Premier League and Champions League after the League Cup and FA Cup.

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