At Wembley, Chelsea and Liverpool met in the FA Cup final – with the better end for the Reds, who can continue to dream of the quadruple – but fear for Salah.
Also won the next penalty shoot-out against Chelsea: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp with the trophy.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp started with Robertson, Konaté, captain Henderson, Thiago and Salah in the 2-1 draw against Aston Villa in the league. These five players started in place of Fabinho (hamstring injury), Tsimikas, Matip, Jones and Diogo Jota (all bench).
There were hardly any personnel changes at Chelsea. Only Thiago Silva was new in Thomas Tuchel’s team after the 3-0 win at Leeds United, Christensen was not in the squad. Just as little as the German international Havertz. The last injured midfield clearer Kanté was at least back on the bench.
Luis Diaz keeps things running
Liverpool took control from the start. Above all Luis Diaz was an asset, the Colombian dribbled his opponents dizzily. Thiago (4′) missed a cross from the new winter signing from Porto by a hair’s breadth and Luis Diaz even missed Mendy (8′). Chelsea, on the other hand, didn’t come up in the early stages. Pulisic’s quite dangerous finish was the first worth mentioning (23′).
Salah has to go down – asset Marcos Alonso hits aluminum
However, as the game progressed, Chelsea became more confident and began to successfully defend themselves against the Reds’ pressing. Marcos Alonso had a good chance, but failed to Alisson (27th) and Lukaku acted too sloppy after a Thiago miss (41st). For Liverpool it also got worse elsewhere: Salah was suddenly on the ground after about half an hour and had to leave the field in tears less later (33rd). His replacement Diogo Jota had the last good chance of the first half (45th).
The second half started with an exclamation mark: Marcos Alonso cheekily hit the crossbar with a free kick from a tight angle (48′), Pulisic also failed to hit Alisson (47′). As a result, the degrees increased again, but it was hardly dangerous. It was noticeable for both teams that they are overplayed. What also made the final stand out was the amount of narrowly missed chances. Both teams kept shooting for goals, but just missed. James (68th) on the one hand and Luis Diaz (69th) on the other hand delivered exemplary examples within seconds.
Liverpool hit the post twice just before the end
Things got really hot again in the closing stages of regulation time: Liverpool suddenly came very close to taking the lead, Luis Diaz (83′) and Robertson (84′) both hitting the post in quick succession. The latter should have gotten the 1-0. Despite the pressure from the Reds, Luis Diaz was no longer able to do this with his beautiful shot (90th).
The extension is meanwhile quickly told. In both halves, both teams gained plenty of possession, but shots were scarce. After more than 120 minutes without goals, the FA Cup final had to be decided on penalties.
Azpilicueta, Mané and Mount miss – Tsimikas is there after Alisson’s save
In this game, captain Azpilicueta hit the post with the third penalty, even though he was substituted on. Otherwise, the penalties were converted quite safely – until the Senegalese duel between Mané and Mendy, which the keeper won on the tenth penalty.
goals and cards
goals and cards
Daniel Richard Cook
- Fourth Official
- video assistant
May 14, 2022, 5:45 p.m
However, there weren’t many attempts from the point afterwards: Chelsea’s own child Mount shot the 13th penalty casually and Alisson parried – the perfect through ball for Tsimikas, the joker from Greece scored to the Reds’ celebration. Liverpool were once again the winners on penalties against Chelsea. The quadruple is still within reach for Liverpool, while Chelsea lose the third FA Cup final in a row.