UEFA Super Cup 2019: Liverpool Wins Their Fourth Super Cup Title After Beating Chelsea In The Penalty Shoot-Out
The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 winners Liverpool FC won their fourth Super Cup trophy after beating the UEFA Europa League 2018/19 winners Chelsea in the penalty shoot-out of UEFA Super Cup 2019 at Istanbul.
On last Wednesday (14th August) night, these Premier League sides met in the Super Cup. In the first 90 minutes, they had a 1-1 scoreline. While the Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud opened the scoreline on 36 minutes, Sadio Mane equalled the scoreline in the early second half (48′).
In the early first half of the extra-time (95′), Mane put ahead Liverpool. Six minutes later, Jorginho equalled the scoreline through a penalty. After the extra-time, the scoreline was 2-2.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham was the only unsuccessful in the penalty shoot-out
Liverpool and Chelsea both were equally running with the perfect finishes in the penalty shoot-out until Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked on their fifth attempt. Finally, Liverpool won their fourth UEFA Super Cup crown with their favourable scoreline of 2 (5) – 2 (4).
Liverpool managed better shots on target
The Blues played strong football from the beginning while The Reds slowly grew up in that game. In the entire match, Liverpool managed 21 shots while Chelsea had 20 shots. Out of those, The Reds had 11 shots on target while The Blues only managed to put six shots on target.
In the 16th minute, Chelsea goalie Kepa Arrizabalaga brilliantly saved Mohamed Salah’s attempt. Six minutes later, The Blues winger Pedro hit on the top of the post.
In less than 15 minutes left of the first half, Olivier Giroud put Chelsea 1-0 ahead. Christian Pulisic brilliantly beat the defenders and raised a through ball to the French striker. Unmarked Giroud calmly beat the Liverpool debutant goalkeeper Adrian and opened the scoreline.
Just four minutes later, Pulisic’s grounded shot found the net, but then it was declined due to the earlier offside offence.
In just 3rd minute of the second half, Sadio Mane levelled the scoreline 1-1 with an open finish. After Fabinho built up that ball and Roberto Firmino’s touch beat Kepa, Mane easily put the ball in the net.
Both sides got some great opportunities to take the lead in that half, but they failed in their attempt. Chelsea substitute Mason Mount was successful in beating Adrian and hit the net, but the referee caught him offside.
Extra-time: Liverpool managed an early goal; Chelsea equalised through a penalty
With the scoreline of 1-1, the match entered the 30 minutes extra-time. In the fifth minute of the first-half in that extra time, Mane netted for the second time in this game. Once again. Firminho set up the ball for the unmarked Mane who finished that superbly without giving any chances.
Just a few minutes later, Adrian fouled Tammy Abraham inside the box after going to clearance a ball. Chelsea midfielder made no mistake to convert that penalty into the equaliser goal.
In the penalty shoot-out, Roberto Firminho, Fabinho, Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah scored for the Reds. Meanwhile, Joginho, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount and Emerson Palmieri successfully netted for the Blues. Finally, Adrian stopped Abraham’s attempt and secured a victory for Liverpool.
With this victory, Liverpool became the fourth team to win UEFA Super Cup for at least four times. Spanish giants Barcelona (five times) and Real Madrid (four times), and Italian club AC Milan (five times) are the other three sides who have won it for at least four times. After the 1977, 2001 and 2005 edition, Liverpool won the UEFA Super Cup 2019 edition.
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