zWide final, second thrilling penalty kick, second title: jubilant Jürgen Klopp won the traditional FA Cup with Liverpool as the first German coach. In the 150th final of the oldest football competition in the world, the Reds beat Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea 6-5 on penalties at Wembley Stadium in London. The previous 120 minutes were goalless.
And how similar the pictures are: in February, the two teams already faced each other in the League Cup final, and Liverpool also won after 120 minutes without a goal on penalties – 11:10. It was an early finish this time around, with Konstantinos Tsimikas scoring the winning goal after misses by Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount for Chelsea and Sadio Mane for Liverpool.
This is Liverpool’s eighth win in the FA Cup after losing to Chelsea in the 2012 final and the first since 2006. Eight-time champions Chelsea lost the Wembley final last year to Leicester City and before that to Arsenal in 2017.
The Reds still have a chance of winning two more titles: in the Premier League, they are three points behind leaders Manchester City with two games remaining. On May 28 they will play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris.
Salah has to leave the stadium crying
In the final phase of a grueling season, it was clear that both teams were trying to time the match at the original time. However, this was also prevented by the goal posts: the crossbar stood in the way of strong Marcos Alonso when he hit a free kick for Chelsea (48th minute). At the other end, Luis Diaz (83) and Andrew Robertson (84) hit the post.
Liverpool had to dispense with striker Mohamed Salah after half an hour. Al-Masry sat sadly on the floor in the central circle, and shortly afterwards had to leave the field crying and apparently injured in the groin. Diogo Jota came for him. At Chelsea, the sick Kai Havertz was not in the team, and Timo Werner remained on the bench.
Liverpool initially had better chances against the Blues defense around Antonio Rudiger. Chelsea goalkeeper, Edward Mendy, managed to avoid a powerful shot from Luis Diaz, and the follow-up shot from Naby Keita missed the goal (eighth). After that, the Blues could have taken the lead with Christian Pulisic (23) and Marcos Alonso (27).