Chelsea lose on penalties in Super Cup clash

Chelsea 2 Liverpool 2 (after extra time)
Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties

Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in Istanbul to win the Uefa Super Cup.

Each team scored all their spot-kicks before Tammy Abraham’s was saved by stand-in Reds keeper Adrian.

After Olivier Giroud had put Chelsea ahead nine minutes before the interval, Sadio Mane netted a second-half equaliser and then put Liverpool in front five minutes into extra time.

The Blues were handed a lifeline five minutes later when keeper Adrian was adjudged to have fouled Abraham – a decision checked by VAR – and Jorginho levelled with the resulting penalty.

Pedro had hit the woodwork, Chelsea had two goals ruled out for offside and their keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga produced a stunning save in normal time in an action-packed game in the Turkish capital.
And Abraham, on as a substitute, missed a great chance to put Chelsea 3-2 up in extra time.

Giroud’s goal, scored shortly after Pedro fired against the bar, was beautifully worked.

The fit-again N’Golo Kante, who started the game and was outstanding, shrugged off James Milner and found Christian Pulisic, who superbly nudged the ball through for Giroud to shoot into the far corner.

Pulisic, making his first start for the Blues, impressed – and thought he had made it 2-0 when he collected Emerson’s ball down the left, held off Joe Gomez and blasted into the net, but the goal was disallowed.

Frank Lampard’s side were on top at that stage but were undone three minutes into the second half when Fabinho clipped the ball into the box, where Roberto Firmino got to it before Kepa and teed up Mane for a simple finish.

Chelsea finished the 90 minutes strongly and again had a goal ruled out for offside, this time when substitute Mason Mount netted after collecting Jorginho’s pass.

Mane’s second goal was an emphatic first-time finish after being set up by Firmino, but the Europa League winners were soon level again and should then have gone ahead, but Abraham shot wide after great work by Pedro.

Abraham was also unable to find the net in the shootout after Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Mount and Emerson had scored with his team’s previous four kicks and Liverpool’s penalties had been converted by Fabinho, Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen (Tomori 85), Zouma, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 101), Pedro, Giroud (Abraham 74), Pulisic (Mount 74).
Subs not used: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Kennedy, Gilmour, Batshuayi, Willian.