Liverpool beat Chelsea in Super Cup: Liverpool beat Chelsea in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday night after the match finished in a 2-2 draw after extra time.
Nine players had hit their spot kicks before Liverpool backup keeper Adrian kept out Tammy Abraham’s effort to hand Jurgen Klopp’s team the win in the annual cup match between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League.
Frank Lampard handed Christian Pulisic his first competitive start with Chelsea, while Klopp picked Adrian in goal after Allison picked up a calf injury in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich City on Friday.
Chelsea had the better of an entertaining opening half hour and finally scored when Pulisic split the Liverpool defence with a through ball and Olivier Giroud calmly dispatched it past Adrian to make it 1-0.
American Pulisic then beat Adrian with a fine shot after a swift run down the flank but the effort was ruled out for offside and Chelsea took a 1-0 lead into half-time.
Liverpool got back on level terms just after the restart when Sadio Mane bundled home into an open net after Kepa Arrizabalaga had initially kept out his close-range strike from a set piece.
A pair of stellar Kepa saves in the 75th minute kept the score even as the Spaniard first denied Virgil van Dijk and then recovered to stop Fabinho’s effort from the rebound and the match headed to extra time.
The teams traded goal early in the extra 30 minutes with Mane clinically finishing from a Roberto Firmino cut-back pass to put Liverpool ahead and Chelsea’s Jorginho sending Adrian the wrong way from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.
Chelsea went close twice in the second stanza of extra time, with Adrian doing well to keep out a thunderous strike from Mason Mount and Pedro flashing just wide of the post seconds later.
With both teams perfect from the spot in the shootout, Abraham stepped up for his penalty but shot tamely down the middle allowing Adrian to make the save and hand Liverpool a 5-4 shootout win.
Both teams return to Premier League action this weekend, with Liverpool away to Southampton on Saturday and Chelsea hosting Leicester City on Sunday.