Chelsea vs Liverpool – Football Match Report – May 14, 2022

Chelsea vs Liverpool – Football Match Report – May 14, 2022

Liverpool kept their hopes of winning the quadruple alive on Saturday with a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Cesar Azpilicueta missed and Mason Mount saw his penalty saved for Chelsea when Kostas Tsimikas scored the winning penalty.

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The sides, who met in a second domestic cup final this season, played an entertaining, goalless draw for 120 minutes before deciding on penalties.

It was a copy of February’s League Cup final, which Liverpool won 11-10 on penalties after that game also ended goalless.

Saturday’s win means Liverpool remain on course to claim an unprecedented quadrupling of trophies.

They are three points behind Manchester City with two points remaining in the Premier League race and meet Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.

“I’m really proud of my boys,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the BBC. “Chelsea were outstanding but in the end there can only be one winner and today we were.”

For Chelsea it meant an unwelcome record of becoming the first team to lose three consecutive FA Cup finals after losing to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester City last year.

Liverpool were at the top early on, with Luis Diaz posing a particular threat. A through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold put Diaz on target in the eighth minute, but Edouard Mendy blocked him before Naby Keita missed the rebound.

Chelsea responded well to Liverpool’s pressure and Christian Pulisic got the shot on the right wing in the 23rd minute after a superb game between Mount and Reece James. Shortly after, a pass from Pulisic allowed Marcos Alonso to see the goal, but Alisson was quick off his line to thwart the Chelsea defender.

Liverpool suffered a setback in the 33rd minute when Mohamed Salah had to be substituted through injury. Diogo Jota came in his place and missed a good chance just before half-time.

Chelsea started faster after the break, Pulisic saved Alisson and Alonso hit the crossbar from a free-kick but both sides struggled and only created half-chances for much of the second half.

Liverpool had a golden chance of victory when Andy Robertson hit the post after a cross from substitute James Milner, who, however, hit the post from close range.

Liverpool were dealt another blow before extra time when Virgil van Dijk came off seemingly injured and was replaced by Joel Matip.

Neither side managed to break through for the next 30 minutes, which meant penalties for the second time this season.

Mendy had kept Chelsea alive by saving Sadio Mane’s penalty but it proved fruitless as Liverpool lifted the trophy for the first time since 2006.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, like February, it was so close and yet so far, although manager Thomas Tuchel has not regretted it.

“Like the last final, the League Cup, no regrets. I’ve told the team I’m proud,” he told reporters. “We’ve played 240 minutes in two finals against perhaps the most prolific attacking side in the world and it’s 0-0.”

“I was sure throughout the game that the momentum was in our side, but unfortunately I wasn’t right.”

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was presented the trophy by Prince William amid roars from Liverpool fans while the Chelsea end was largely empty.

“This is a big moment for us, we haven’t been to this final for a while so winning it was special,” said Henderson.

The win was Liverpool’s eighth in the FA Cup’s 150-year history, drawing level with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal have won the most with 14.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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