Chelsea vs.  Liverpool score: Reds win FA Cup in shootout;  Konstantinos Tsimikas wins it after Mason Mount misses

Chelsea vs. Liverpool score: Reds win FA Cup in shootout; Konstantinos Tsimikas wins it after Mason Mount misses

The match was deadlocked at 0-0 after the sides played 120 minutes but Liverpool won the penalty shootout 6-5 to lift the FA Cup on the tournament’s 150th anniversary. A penalty off the post from Cesar Azpilicueta and a weak effort from Mason Mount that Alisson saved were just enough to see the Reds keep their dream of a quadruple alive. This also makes Chelsea the first club ever to lose three straight FA Cup finals.

Mohamed Salah was withdrawn in the 32nd minute due to a groin injury, so it’s not all smiles for Liverpool but the hope is that it was a precaution as this was the 10th game in the past month for the Reds. The match almost didn’t make it to extra time as Luis Diaz was unlucky not to score hitting the post near the end of regulation before Diogo Jota hit the other post only seconds later. While Liverpool came out of the gate hot, adjustments from Thomas Tuchel and strong defending from Thiago Silva kept things close for the 120 minutes before another epic shootout between the two teams.

There was no messing around for Tuchel who had swapped keepers at the end of extra time ahead of the last shootout these two teams played, back in the League Cup final. Edouard Mendy stayed between the sticks and came up big stopping Sadio Mane but it wouldn’t be enough in the end. Liverpool secured their second trophy of the season thanks to a cool finish from backup left back Konstantinos Tsimikas, who secured the win and the trophy.

This FA Cup triumph is Liverpool’s first since 2006 and it helps cement their special season with a chance to add more silverware in the Champions League Final and the Premier League where they trail Manchester City by only three points with two matches remaining. It took longer than expected to secure things due to Liverpool’s finishing but they got it done when it mattered.

The Reds took 17 shots during the match only putting two on target compared to Chelsea’s 10 which also led to two on target. But with the defensive performance from Thiago Silva to marshall Liverpool attackers where he wanted them to shoot helped make Mendy’s job easy before his strong performance in the shootout. It’s another victory for Jurgen Klopp over Thomas Tuchel after Liverpool bested Chelsea on penalties in the EFL Cup final in February as well.

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