UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea add Super Cup crown to Champions League trophy | Football News


Substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made two shootout saves as Champions League winners Chelsea beat Spain’s Villarreal 6-5 on penalties to add the UEFA Super Cup to their trophy assortment on Wednesday (August 11). Extra time had ended 1-1 at Belfast’s Windsor Park floor, with Chelsea changing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with Kepa within the closing seconds in what turned out to be a master-stroke as penalties loomed.

The freshest participant on a subject of drained legs saved first from Aissa Mandi at 1-1 after which made the successful cease at 6-5 when Villarreal captain and 2010 World Cup winner Raul Albiol hit the ball to the underside left. Mendy was one of many first to congratulate his group mate, with Chelsea lifting the trophy for a second time.

Hakim Ziyech had put Chelsea forward within the twenty seventh minute, sweeping in from 12 yards after a wonderfully measured cross from Kai Havertz on the left. The Morocco worldwide, an unused substitute when Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 within the Champions League closing in Porto on May 29, then went off injured 4 minutes earlier than the break.

He returned along with his arm in a sling to watch the remainder of the match from the bench. Villarreal, the Europa League holders with a loud contingent of some 1,000 followers among the many 13,000-strong crowd on a transparent night in Northern Ireland, hit the woodwork both aspect of halftime.

Their equaliser got here as no shock, with Gerard Moreno – who scored towards Manchester United earlier than the Europa League closing in Gdansk went to penalties – got here to the rescue within the 73rd with a side-foot end after a back-heel from Boulaye Dia.

It was Moreno’s eighth aim in his final 9 European appearances for Villarreal.

(with Reuters inputs)


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