Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties for the second time this season as they produced one of the close football scores of the weekend in the FA Cup. Kostas Tsimikas scored the decisive penalty after Mason Mount had his penalty saved by Alisson. There were a total of 14 penalties after the Carabao Cup final needed 22 penalties earlier in the season. It was the third consecutive FA Cup final defeat for Chelsea.
Chelsea: Mendy (8), Chalobah (7), Silva (8), Rudiger (7), James (8), Jorginho (8), Kovacic (7), Alonso (8), Mount (7), Pulisic (6), Lukaku (5).
Subs: Kante (6), Ziyech (7), Azpilicueta (5), Loftus-Cheek (6), Barkley (7)
Liverpool: Alisson (9), Alexander-Arnold (8), Konate (8), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Thiago (8), Henderson (7), Keita (7), Salah (6), Mane (7), Diaz (9).
Subs: Jota (7), Milner (7), Matip (7), Tsimikas (7), Firmino (7)
Man of the Match: Luis Diaz (Liverpool)
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “Outstanding, it was an incredible, intense game against Chelsea – they would have deserved it exactly the same way, like in the Carabao Cup. That’s how small the margins are. I couldn’t be more proud of my boys, the shift they put in, how hard they fought, the early changes. I think Virgil is fine, but his muscle was hurt. All of these things, missing good chances, overcoming good moments from Chelsea, then having really good moments ourselves.”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “Like in the last final, in the Carabao Cup, it’s no regrets. I told the team I’m proud. We were sure that we would be competitive and make life very difficult for Liverpool. We did it again. We struggled in the first 15 minutes but then we were excellent for the whole match. We got to 0-0 against maybe the best-attacking team in the world and we also created a lot of chances. We deserved it, as they deserved it as well, but again we lose on penalties. We are very disappointed of course. We are sad but at the same time proud.”
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