Liverpool have won their second trophy of the season, with a third to come on 28 May in Paris. The Reds won the FA Cup at Wembley, a trophy they had not won since 2006. But it was not without difficulty. Jurgen Klopp’s men had to dig deep to defeat the valiant Blues.
Liverpool won the eighth FA Cup in their history against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Romelu Lukaku was in the starting line-up for the Blues, who were eventually defeated in a penalty shoot-out.
Luis Diaz opened the scoring with a one-on-one with Mendy, but the Blues keeper stood firm to prevent the ball from going in (9′). Chelsea’s response came from the feet of Alonso, who was played in by Pulisic on the left of the box. But Alisson was quick to come out of the box and push the Spaniard’s effort away (27′).
It was the first time in the history of the game that the Spanish team had been able to get a goal, and it was the first time that the Spanish team had been able to get a goal. It was the second time that Chelsea had been denied by the goalkeeper, as Luis Diaz’s shot hit the outside of the post (83rd), before Robertson was denied by the post from close range (84th).
Romelu Lukaku played 85 minutes for Chelsea, trying to put pressure on the Reds’ defence but failing to make a difference before being replaced by Hakim Ziyech. Divock Origi was left on the bench.
As in the League Cup final last February, the two teams were unable to find a way through in normal time. The extra 30 minutes also failed to produce a winner, and Liverpool eventually triumphed on penalties, as in February. Tsimikas scored the winning shot after a Mount miss.
“It’s again a trophy for the whole club,” Klopp said.
“Of course for the team, but for the whole club. We saw before the game what it means because our hotel is quite central, we have seen them all celebrating since this morning.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s huge, it’s the 60th game of a very, very intense season, and to put in a performance like that is absolutely incredible.”