Second final, second penalty thriller, second title: A cheering Jürgen Klopp won the traditional English FA Cup with FC Liverpool as the first German team manager. In the 150th final of the world’s oldest football competition, the Reds defeated Thomas Tuchel in London and Chelsea FC in penalty shooting 6: 5. The 120 minutes earlier remained goalless.
And as the pictures were right: In February, both clubs had already faced each other in the final of the league cup, and Liverpool also won after 120 minutes without a goal in the penalty shootout – with 11:10. This time it was over: after misrepresentation by Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount for Chelsea and Sadio Mané for Liverpool, Konstantinos Tsimikas scored the decisive goal.
For Liverpool, it is the eighth victory in the FA Cup and the first since 2006 after the final defeat in 2012. The eight -time title winner Chelsea had already lost the final in Wembley against Leicester City last year and previously also against FC Arsenal.
The Reds still have the chance of two more titles: In the Premier League, they are three points behind leaders Manchester City two points before the end. On May 28, they will play the final of the Champions League in Paris against Real Madrid.
In the final phase of an exhausting season, both teams tried to decide the game in the regular season. However, this was also prevented by the scoring linkage: the strong Marcos Alonso stood in the way of a free kick for Chelsea (48.). On the other hand, Luis Diaz (83.) and Andrew Robertson (84th) each met the post.
Salah injured replaced
Liverpool had to do without attackers Mohamed Salah after half an hour. The Egyptian was saddened by the ground in the center circle, shortly afterwards he had to go from the field under tears and apparently injured on the bar. Diogo Jota came for him. At Chelsea, the battered Kai Havertz was not in the squad, Timo Werner stayed on the bench.
Liverpool initially had the better chances against the defense of the blues around Antonio Rüdiger. Chelsea’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was able to parry the shot of the strong Luis Diaz, the margin of Naby Keita narrowly missed the goal (8th). After that, the blues could have taken the lead by Christian Pulisic (23rd) and Marcos Alonso (27th).