European success and Istanbul are two words synonymous with Liverpool and this morning’s game shown that once again. The Champions of Europe are now the Super Champions of Europe after defeating Chelsea on penalties 5-4 (2-2 after FT and ET) in the Super Cup final in Istanbul, Turkey.
A new Liverpool cult hero, a huge confidence boost for a battered Chelsea, and more VAR controversy are the key talking points from a very exciting cup final.
After a mixed first half, some poor Liverpool defending resulted in a Giroud goal which took Chelsea into the sheds at half-time ahead 1-0.
Jurgen Klopp decided to bring on Roberto Firmino at the start of the second half and it paid off within 3 minutes as he provided a cheeky assist for Sadio Mane to equalize.
The game stayed 1-1 so extra time was needed. An incredible Sadio Mane finish put Liverpool ahead in the 95th.
The lead didn’t last long as a questionable penalty decision on Tammy Abraham gave Jorginho an equalizing chance from the spot, which he took.
Extra time couldn’t split the two teams so penalties was needed. Liverpool converted all five and it was up-to Tammy Abraham to make it 5 a piece. New Liverpool signing and cult hero Adrian saved Abraham’s attempt and won Liverpool their 4th Super Cup and 2nd successive European title.Embed from Getty Images
This match was also the first European Men’s match to be officiated by a female.
Written by Kai Richardson