Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win FA Cup

Liverpool beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout to win the 2022 FA Cup final after the game had ended 0-0 after 120 minutes.

Despite the lack of goals, the showpiece at Wembley Stadium was not lacking entertainment, and that continued in a shootout after the two teams could not be separated, just like in February’s EFL Cup final.

Cesar Azpilicueta‘s miss handed Sadio Mane the chance to win it for Liverpool, only for the forward to see his effort saved by Senegalese compatriot Edouard Mendy, but Kostas Tsimikas would become the Liverpool hero after Alisson Becker had made a second save from Mason Mount.

In claiming another final victory over Chelsea, Liverpool remain on course for the quadruple, although they require a favour from West Ham United when the Hammers face Manchester City on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah goes down injured for Liverpool on May 14, 2022

While Liverpool had the better of the opening stages and went close through Luis Diaz, who had a shot blocked by the legs of Mendy, Chelsea created chances of their own with Christian Pulisic hooking a shot from eight yards wide of the post.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Liverpool were dealt a huge blow as Mohamed Salah went down with what appeared to be a groin injury, the club’s top goalscorer being replaced by Diogo Jota.

After Jota diverted the ball over from close range and Romelu Lukaku sent a wild shot over the crossbar at the other end, the two teams went into half time still goalless.

That almost changed soon after the restart, Marcos Alonso sending a volley marginally wide of the far post and seeing a free kick from an acute angle hit the underside of the crossbar and bounce to safety.

Chelsea's Christian Pulisic in action with Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold on May 14, 2022

Pulisic also saw a shot parried away by Alisson, while Liverpool pair Diaz and Jota both sent low efforts of their own agonisingly past Mendy’s far post.

As the game approached the final stages, chances began to dry up, but Diaz and Andrew Robertson both hit the woodwork in the space of two minutes, Diaz the near post from 12 yards and Robertson at the back post after meeting a James Milner cross.

Liverpool remained in the ascendancy as extra time grew ever nearer, with the final chance of normal time falling to Diaz who sent an inswinging curler inches wide of the far post.

Before the additional 30 minutes commenced, Virgil van Dijk was withdrawn, but Joel Matip stepped into the breach to help his side have the better of extra time, even if there was an inevitability about a final between these two clubs being decided from 12 yards yet again.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker celebrates saving a penalty against Chelsea in the 2022 FA Cup final.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel made the surprise decision to introduce Ross Barkley for penalties, the midfielder backing up the faith shown in him by converting the fourth Chelsea spot kick.

That preserved matters as Mane squandered a chance to put his name in lights, and it was left to Alisson to save Mount’s poor attempt to give Tsimikas the opportunity to send the perfect low penalty to Mendy’s right as the goalkeeper dived the opposite way.

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