BREAKING: Liverpool Beat Chelsea To Win UEFA Super Cup

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BREAKING: Liverpool Beat Chelsea To Win UEFA Super Cup

Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham (C) vies for the ball with Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (L) and Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper Adrian during the UEFA Super Cup 2019 football match between FC Liverpool and FC Chelsea at Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on August 14, 2019.

Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday after a richly entertaining match in Istanbul finished 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Every penalty in the shoot-out had found the net before Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, allowing the European champions to win the trophy for the fourth time in their history.

Sadio Mane had earlier cancelled out Olivier Giroud’s opener and then scored again to put Liverpool 2-1 up five minutes into extra time. However, Jorginho netted a penalty at the other end to force the shoot-out.

Liverpool celebrates winning the UEFA Super Cup 2019 football match between FC Liverpool and FC Chelsea at Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on August 14, 2019.

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates winning the UEFA Super Cup 2019 football match between FC Liverpool and FC Chelsea at Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on August 14, 2019.

Liverpool’s players celebrate winning the UEFA Super Cup 2019 football match between FC Liverpool and FC Chelsea at Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul on August 14, 2019.
BREAKING: Liverpool Beat Chelsea To Win UEFA Super Cup
Liverpool 2 (Mane 48, 95) Chelsea 2 (Giroud 36, Jorginho 101-pen)

— after extra-time; Liverpool win 5-4 on penalties

Below are recent winners of the UEFA Super Cup after Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the 2019 match in Istanbul on Wednesday:

2019: Liverpool (ENG)

2018: Atletico Madrid (ESP)

2017: Real Madrid (ESP)

2016: Real Madrid (ESP)

2015: Barcelona (ESP)

What does it mean? Another Istanbul comeback for the Reds

Liverpool fans already had happy memories of Istanbul, the city where they completed an incredible comeback against AC Milan to win the 2005 Champions League under Rafael Benitez. This victory was not as dramatic, nor as important, but helped make up for any lingering upset over losing on penalties to Manchester City in the Community Shield.

UEFA must surely rethink this showpiece using extra time rather than going straight to penalties after 90 minutes, although female referee Stephanie Frappart performed well in making history.

Returning Kante boosts Blues

N’Golo Kante was only fit for the bench in Sunday’s humbling at Manchester United but his selection from the start made a world of difference in the Blues’ midfield. His energy unsettled Liverpool, the World Cup winner snaffling possession back for his side in the build up to Giroud’s opening goal.

Oxlade-Chamberlain short of impact

Leaving out Firmino was a surprise call from Klopp, who rectified his error at the break by withdrawing the uninvolved Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England midfielder, who missed most of last season through injury, made only 13 passes during the opening 45 minutes.

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