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Liverpool wins FA cup in Thrilling Penalty Shootout against Chelsea

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The Reds completed a clean sweep of domestic cups after beating Chelsea via penalties for a second time this season Kostas Tsimikas struck the decisive penalty as the Reds edged Chelsea via penalties to win the FA Cup It was an entertaining 120 minutes of football, but neither side could find a breakthrough Liverpool kept alive their hopes for an unlikely quadruple as they beat Chelsea via a penalty shootout to win the FA Cup. It was almost identical scenes to the Carabao Cup on Saturday, May 14 as Liverpool edged their age-old rivals in a thrilling shootout after a goalless 120 minutes. 

Mason Mount missed the decisive penalty as the shootout was forced into sudden death, after both sides were level after the initial five penalties. 


One moment of the shootout was when Edouard Mendy saved his countryman Sadio Mane’s penalty, with the Liverpool forward only needing to score to win the Cup for his side as he did in the Africa Cup of Nations.

How the game went In truth, the outstanding player of the game was Luis Diaz, who once again proved why he is a bargain for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Colombian ran Chelsea rugged and was constant pain for the Blues, but he somehow could not find the back of the net in 120 minutes. Chelsea had their chances as well in the game, with Marcos Alonso coming closest, but his effort struck the post. He was also denied by Alisson, who was in inspired form.


The biggest blow to an otherwise perfect evening for Liverpool was the loss of Mohamed Salah, who had to be withdrawn in the first half through injury.

What next for Chelsea? For Chelsea, it will be a painful pill to swallow as the club has now been in two finals this season with nothing to show for it. The Blues might have won the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup but that will offer little consolation for missing out on the four main trophies of the season.

What next for Liverpool? Liverpool still have three fixtures to go this season, with an outward chance of catching Manchester City in the title race.


They face Southampton on May 17 in the Premier League, before the season concludes with a home game against Wolves. Their penultimate game of the season will be against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28.

 

Liverpool's success was tempered by injuries to Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, which could potentially damage their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple, with their Premier League pursuit set to continue on Tuesday at Southampton on Sky Sports and their Champions League final with Real Madrid on May 28.

 

But the scenes of wild celebration at the end on the pitch and in the stands suggested Liverpool were only focused on this moment. They last won both domestic cups in 2000/01 and this was their first FA Cup triumph since Steven Gerrard's heroics against West Ham in 2006.

The 141st FA Cup final, 150 years on from the first, had seemed unlikely to go all the way in the opening 15 minutes, as livewire Luis Diaz gave Trevoh Chalobah real problems during an electric start from Liverpool, but Chelsea gained a foothold and hit the bar through a Marcos Alonso free-kick during their own fast start to the second half.

 

What's next?

Liverpool travel to Southampton on Tuesday at 8pm while Chelsea host Leicester on Thursday at 7.45pm. On the final day of the Premier League season, Liverpool host Wolves and Chelsea host Watford on Sunday at 4pm.

Liverpool's remaining fixtures

May 17 - Southampton (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports

May 22 - Wolves (h) Premier League

May 28 - Real Madrid (n) Champions League final

Chelsea's remaining fixtures

May 19 - Leicester (h) Premier League

May 22 - Watford (h) Premier League


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