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Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win FA Cup

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Liverpool won the FA Cup for the eighth time in their history. The team beat Chelsea this Saturday, on penalties, after a 0-0 draw in regular time and in extra time.

In a busy game with many wasted chances, the teams were unable to leave from zero and took the decision to penalties. In the dispute, the Reds were victorious by 6 to 5.

The concern was on account of the Egyptian Salah, who felt pain in the first stage and had to leave the pitch, being replaced by the Portuguese Digo Jota.

Liverpool now face a decisive streak in search of the Premier League title. With three points behind leaders Manchester City, the team meets Southampton and Wolverhampton in the last two rounds of the competition.

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Chelsea, who are looking to confirm a spot in the next edition of the Champions League, face Leicester in their next commitment, next Thursday.

First time

The first stage was quite busy. Liverpool started pressuring the opponent and piled up scoring chances early on in the match. At nine minutes, Luis Díaz received from Alexander-Arnold and forced Mendy to make a good save.

Then it was the turn of the London club to take danger. Midfielder Mount left with Pulisic inside the area, but the striker kicked out, grazing the post. At 21, goalkeeper Alisson had a good point-blank save after a shot by Marcos Alonso, in the small area.

After a few scoring chances, Chelsea evened out the duel. The rest of the first half had opportunities for both sides, but the zero persisted on the scoreboard.

Second time

Thomas Tuchel’s team came back in full force from the break and, after two minutes, Marcos Alonso sent the ball over the crossbar in a free-kick. Chelsea managed to neutralize the opponent and forced Alisson to make a good save, in another shot by Pulisic.

Liverpool, however, regained control of the game and had chances to open the scoring, but the ball went out or landed in Mendy’s hands.

At 38, the Colombian Luis Díaz received at the entrance of the area, passed the marker, but hit the post. In the next minute, Milner crossed in the small area and Robertson, under the goal, finished in the post. Despite 26 submissions in the game, the match went into overtime.

Extra time and penalties

In overtime, the teams were worn out and produced little. The game was truncated, with few opportunities, and dragged on to penalties.

In the dispute, the veteran Azpilicueta wasted his charge. Then, Mendy defended the kick of compatriot Mané and took the duel to alternates.

On the seventh beat, Alisson flattened Mount’s submission. The Greek Tsimikas was responsible for hitting the decisive penalty and converted the kick, giving the title to Liverpool.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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