The FA Cup, for Liverpool on penalties, two weeks after Real Madrid

If on February 27 the Carabao Cup went to Liverpool after beating Chelsea on penalties (11-10 after a 0-0), this Saturday Jürgen Klopp’s team repeated against the ‘blues’ in the FA final Cup, also at Wembley (5-6 after a 0-0). It is the eighth FA Cup in the history of the ‘red’ club. Follow the Wembley jinx for Stamford Bridge. And in a final experienced with concern by Liverpool fans, since, two weeks before the Champions League match, on May 28 against Real Madrid, Mohamed Salah retired due to injury in the 33rd minute and Virgil van Dijk did not play the extension, in the absence of the Anfield club reporting whether or not it was due to a physical problem.

Tsimikas, trans transform his launch and give the FA Cup to Liverpool

Tsimikas, trans transform his launch and give the FA Cup to Liverpool

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If in the final of the Carabao Cup the role of hero fell to the young goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher, when he converted the decisive shot into the shootout, this time it was, shared with Alisson, for the Greek winger Kostas Tsimikas, who gave the title to the ‘reds’ with its maximum penalty. Thomas Tuchel did not enter Kepa Arrizabalaga for the shootout on this occasion, who missed his shot. The Chelsea manager kept Édouard Mendy. The one who had to cry the most on the ‘blue’ side was Mason Mount, whose mistake gave way to Tsimikas deciding for Liverpool.

Liverpool, who played without their manager, the injured Fabinho, started much better than Chelsea. Klopp’s men took possession of the ball and headed Tuchel’s men, especially through Luis Díaz, who broke the blue’s defense schemes on several occasions.

But the afternoon was complicated for the Carabao Cup champion. Alisson Becker first sowed fear by suffering a blow in a play with Marcos Alonso, not only thinking about the final this Saturday but also about the one on May 28 in Paris , the Champions League against Real Madrid. Caoimhin Kelleher, Alisson’s deputy, was ready to enter. But the Brazilian goalkeeper was able to continue playing.

Who did have to retire injured was shortly after, in the 33rd minute, Mohamed Salah, apparently with a groin problem. Diogo Jota came on to replace the Egyptian star, sowing fear in the ‘reds’ fans thinking about the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Precisely a morbid point in the meeting was that Antonio Rüdiger, one of the pillars of Chelsea’s defense, will play for Real Madrid.

Chelsea, 0 (5): mendy; James, Rudiger, Silva, Chalobah (Azpilicueta, m.106), Alonso; Kovacic (Kante, m.66), Jorginho; Mount, Pulisic (Loftus-Cheek, d.106/Barkley, d.129) and Lukaku (Ziyech, d.85)Liverpool, 0 (6): Allison; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk (Matip, d.91), Konaté, Robertson (Tsimikas, d.111); Henderson, Thiago, Keita (Milner, d.74); Díaz (Firmino, m.98), Mané and Salah (Jota, m.33)

Goals: there was notReferee: Craig Pawson. Admonished James (m.77)Spectators: 84,897 at Wembley

THE PENALTY SHOUT

1-0, Marcos Alonso, goal

1-1, Milner, goal

1-1, Azpilicueta, for Alisson

1-2, Thiago, goal

2-2, Reece James, goal

2-3, Firmino, goal

3-3, Barkley, goal

3-4, Alexander-Arnold, goal

4-4, Jorginho, goal

4-4, Mané, for Édouard Mendy

5-4, Ziyech, goal

5-5, Jack, goal

5-5, Mount, for Alisson

5-6, Tsimikas, goal

see game file

The truth is that Chelsea went further and, if the Colombian Luis Díaz put the Londoners in trouble, Christian Pulisic did it on the opposite side, the protagonist of several dangerous shots, but not that they were not a goal. Marcos Alonso also tested Alisson, who had to make a couple of good saves to prevent the player from Madrid from scoring. Tuchel’s men, who opted for Romelu Lukaku as the starter and was substituted in the 85th minute, had started the second half with much more aggressive pressure than Klopp’s.

And yet Liverpool, which was facing the ropes, resurfaced and returned to star several times, especially through Diogo Jota. The final acquired an increasingly hectic pace. Luis Díaz came close to scoring when he hit the ball off the crossbar in the 82nd minute in a good combination by the ‘reds’. And Andy Robertson also threw the post on an occasion missed by the Scotsman after a cross from James Milner. And already in injury time Diaz was about to score. The Colombian returned to stay inches from the goal.

Extra time came, with Liverpool already without Van Dijk, a spectator from the bench, and extra time did not serve to undo the equality between two teams that did not know how to culminate their chances.

THE PENALTY SHOUT

1-0, Marcos Alonso, goal

1-1, Milner, goal

1-1, Azpilicueta, for Alisson

1-2, Thiago, goal

2-2, Reece James, goal

2-3, Firmino, goal

3-3, Barkley, goal

3-4, Alexander-Arnold, goal

4-4, Jorginho, goal

4-4, Mané, for Édouard Mendy

5-4, Ziyech, goal

5-5, Jack, goal

5-5, Mount, for Alisson

5-6, Tsimikas, goal