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Carabao Cup: Liverpool hold nerve to beat Chelsea in 11-10 shootout to win title | Football News

Liverpool became unbeaten in their shock 11-10 win over Chelsea in the English Premier League final on Sunday (February 27) after a shock 0-0 draw at extra time at Wembley. Both teams can claim to have been the rightful winners in a free streaming conference full of worlds, amazing rescues and four unoccupied venues.

Even in the penalty shoot-out the two weights did not differ with the 21 successful shots that caused the tension. He eventually descended into an impossible duel between two defenders including Liverpool’s Irish young Caoimhin Kelleher who took his punishment past Kepa Arrizabalaga who had replaced Edouard Mendy for the shoot.

Spaniard Arrizabalaga then took his stride on the bar into the crowds of Liverpool fans celebrating the first silverware of the first home for a decade. While Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has won the Premier League and Champions League since arriving at Anfield, it was a rare love affair for the German who has won just two of his previous eight appearances with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

For Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel it means his hopes of a fourth match in just one year at Stamford Bridge fall short. He won the Champions League last season and the European SuperCup and FIFA Club World Cup this season.

Klopp’s decision to stay loyal to standoff Kelleher, who has been featured throughout the run to the end, instead of returning to Alisson, was a huge disappointment, although the Irishman may not have thought he won a free kick in a shootout.

“It is foolish. When it comes to me I do not even think I have won a winning story, ”he said. “It simply came to our notice then. I approached (delayed) a little but all the punishments were of the highest quality; Thankfully we are able to overcome it. ”

Chelsea, who were ordered to win their sixth Premier League title, may be feeling the pinch after having argued the best of the worlds. Kelleher had to prove a thorn in their side all afternoon, making a huge save early on after Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal was met by unmarked Christian Pulisic.

Chelsea were sharp at the start of the exchange but were lucky in the 17th minute when Sadio Mane got his corners wrong with a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross. Liverpool gradually grew into the game and Chelsea were credited with a stunning double save by Mendy, first keeping a low Naby Keita strike from the edge of the area and then growing across to avoid following Mane on the bar.

An endless first half ended with Chelsea threatening again, with Mason Mount volleying wide from a Kai Havertz cross. Three minutes after the break Havertz gave Mount the world even better with a one-dinked pass but this time England’s midfield shot back into the post, which Tuchel hit the ground in shock.

The world continued to flow, with Mohamed Salah playing through the net, but his header on Mendy was light and Thiago Silva pulled the ball off the line. Joel Matip thinks he has put Liverpool ahead when he surrendered after Mane’s header was lifted but, as the fans cleared the red cards, Stuart Attwell’s lawyer did not accept the pitch after checking out a follow-up post.

The cut and fight continued with Salah also denied by Mendy before Chelsea won a free kick outside after substitutes Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner combined to set Havertz to force a header past Kelleher. Even within six minutes of stoppage time both sides were still throwing punches, with Mendy keeping a thuming header Virgil van Dijk before Werner lost a life.

Chelsea did not score two goals in extra time, the first when Lukaku cut from the right and fired a shot past Kelleher but won a low shot just outside the box. Then the stunning Havertz sold Kelleher across but again the German festivities were cut short.

Arrizabalaga was sent off by Tuchel at the end of extra time, specifically for the acumen saving his punishment, but instead of being brave, he gave the trophy to Liverpool.

(with Reuters inputs)

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