After Kepa’s Shoot-Out Miss, Liverpool Win The Carabao Cup
Liverpool win Carabao Cup on penalties after Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga blasts spot-kick over bar
Liverpool’s record-breaking League Cup wins, Liverpool Vs Chelsea (Carabao Cup Finale) – Thomas Tuchel said that he wasn’t sure whether Chelsea would be allowed to celebrate if they won the Carabao Cup, given Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the nationality and affiliations of their club’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, but Liverpool unexpectedly saved them from that predicament.
Liverpool won the League Cup final in dramatic fashion as Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga missed the decisive penalty to give the Reds an 11-10 shoot-out victory after a pulsating 0-0 draw at Wembley on Sunday.
It was the only miss in the nerve-jangling shoot-out, which saw Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher score his penalty just before Kepa failed.
Ironically, Kepa was sent on at the end of extra-time to replace Edouard Mendy given his reputation as a penalty saving specialist, but the Spaniard was unable to repel any of Liverpool’s kicks.
While there were no goals in 120 minutes, this was a fascinating final which produced countless chances for both sides to win it before the cruel denouement.
Liverpool saw Joel Matip’s second-half goal controversially disallowed for a marginal offside against Virgil van Dijk, while Chelsea had three goals ruled out for offside later in the match.
The Reds have lifted the League Cup a record nine times, moving ahead of Manchester City, while Klopp is the first German manager to win the tournament after finally tasting Wembley success following two previous defeats as a boss there.
Liverpool are still in contention for a historic quadruple after reducing the deficit to six points on Premier League leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.
After a last-16 first-leg triumph at Inter Milan, they are on track to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, and they visit Norwich in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday.
While the match was a fantastic event, it began with a somber note as Liverpool and Chelsea players came together in support of the war-torn Ukraine.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson brought flowers in the country’s yellow and blue colors onto the ground during the Russian invasion of its neighbor.
Both teams stood for a minute of applause, as a message in yellow and blue on the stadium scoreboard read “Football Stands Together.”
Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, said on Saturday that he is “giving trustees of Chelsea’s charity foundation the management and care” of the club, capping off a rough week for the club.
After demands in the UK Parliament for Russian billionaires to be stripped of their assets, Abramovich, who will remain the club’s owner, made the move.
Chelsea must now concentrate on maintaining the Champions League while also striving for a top-four finish and a possible FA Cup return to Wembley.
They paid for a series of missed chances, with Christian Pulisic wastefully guiding his close-range effort straight at Kelleher in the opening minutes.
Mendy sprawled to his right to repel Naby Keita’s 20-yard drive, then scrambled across to push Sadio Mane’s close-range follow-up over the bar with one hand when it seemed certain he would score.
Chelsea should have been ahead before the interval when Pulisic found Havertz and he clipped a cross towards Mason Mount, who somehow volleyed wide from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.
Mount scuffed his effort against the post early in the second half after Pulisic’s brilliant assist left his team-mate entirely unmarked inside the box.
Chelsea got away in the 67th minute when Matip nodded Mane’s close-range header into the top of the goal.
By the time Attwell checked the pitchside monitor and disallowed the goal for offside against Van Dijk, Liverpool’s celebrations were done.
Both sides were playing with ferocity, and Havertz’s header was disallowed for a far clearer offside than the one that denied Klopp’s side.
Romelu Lukaku believed he had put Chelsea ahead in extra time after being left on the bench for the second game in a row, but a questionable offside call rejected his exquisite finish.
Another offside call denied Havertz a goal, creating the scenario for Liverpool to win the penalty shootout.
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