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UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool Edge Chelsea 5-4 On Penalties In Thrilling Encounter

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Liverpool defeated Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to lift the 2019 UEFA Super Cup after both teams were inseparable following 120 minutes of football in Istanbul, Turkey.

The game had finished 2-2 after extra time with Olivier Giroud and Jorginho scoring for Chelsea while Sadio Mane got a brace for the Reds.

In a game that many expected Liverpool to win, the Londoners showed a different side of their game from what they displayed against Manchester United, causing Liverpool many problems.

UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool Edge Chelsea 5-4 On Penalties In Thrilling Encounter

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for the Europa League holders on 36bminutes when he finished expertly after receiving a Christian Pulisic well-weighted pass.

The Blues held on to their lead into the half-time break despite Liverpool getting a few chances to score.

Parity was however restored just 3 minutes into the second half when substitute Roberto Firmino laid off with his first touch for Mane to tap into an empty net.

UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool Edge Chelsea 5-4 On Penalties In Thrilling Encounter

Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation time but it wasn't to be, with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Adrian making smart saves to deny both sets of attackers.

There were however more goals for fans to celebrate in extra time with Mane once again finding the back of the net before Jorginho equalized from the spot.

Another bright start by Liverpool in the first half of extra time was rewarded with a goal when Senegalese forward, Mane slotted home Firminho's pass.

Frank Lampard's side leveled the scoreline six minutes later when Jorginho scored a cheeky penalty kick after Tammy Abraham was brought down Liverpool goalkeeper, Adrian.

UEFA Super Cup: Liverpool Edge Chelsea 5-4 On Penalties In Thrilling Encounter

From then on, it was a case of both teams trying to see off the game than attempts to go for the win.

After 120 minutes of football, history-making female French referee, Stéphanie Frappart ended the match.

In the shootouts, it was Nigerian-born, England International Tammy Abraham who had his kick saved by the legs of Adrian after the nine kicks before his own had been converted.