Chelsea had misplaced their earlier three Uefa Tremendous Cups
Chelsea beat Villarreal 6-5 in a penalty shootout to raise the Uefa Tremendous Cup for a second time after a draining 120 minutes in Belfast.
Substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saved captain Raul Albiol’s spot-kick at Windsor Park on an evening that started beautifully for the Blues with a superb first-half efficiency earlier than the Spaniards stormed again into the competition after the break.
Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring halfway via the opening 45 minutes however was then pressured off with what seemed like a worrying shoulder harm earlier than half-time.
The Spaniards hit the woodwork both facet of the break earlier than Gerard Moreno equalised within the 73rd minute to drive further time.
Chelsea, who look set to finish a deal to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku for a membership file charge of £97.5m from Inter Milan, didn’t rediscover their first-half vigour in further time however did come near a winner via Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.
It was the primary time the Tremendous Cup was performed in Northern Eire and 13,000 spectators generated a implausible ambiance within the south Belfast stadium, the very best attendance at any sports activities occasion within the nation because the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chelsea captain joins César Azpilicueta in celebrating with Kepa after his penalty save
Kepa was introduced off the bench by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel just some minutes earlier than the tip of additional time and dived low to his proper to avoid wasting from Albiol – his second save of the shootout having additionally denied Aissa Mandi – and spark mass scenes of celebration among the many Chelsea gamers and supporters.
Ziyech’s purpose arrived within the twenty seventh minute when the vigorous Kai Havertz ran on to a ball into the left channel and delivered a exact pull-back, with Ziyech directing his shot in regardless of not getting a clear connection.
Villarreal’s equaliser was the results of a poor clearance out of defence by Kurt Zouma, with Gerard Moreno feeding Boulaye Dia, whose intelligent flick-return to the Spaniard was clinically swept previous Edouard Mendy.
It was an equaliser that seemed like coming after Alberto Moreno crashed a volley off the underside of the crossbar in first-half harm time and Mendy had dived beautifully to tip a Gerard Moreno shot on to the publish after the keeper had initially given the ball away.
Ziyech harm a priority for Chelsea after commanding begin
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel stated Ziyech’s harm seemed like a severe one
The opening 40 minutes had been one thing of a stroll for Chelsea as they imposed themselves on Villarreal, not giving their Spanish opponents a glimmer of hope till simply earlier than the break.
The contrasting kinds of captain-for-the-night N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in midfield offered a base from which to use stress on the Europa League winners, with Kovacic’s diagonal balls to Callum Hudson-Odoi on the precise significantly penetrating.
Timo Werner had their first probability within the sixth minute, having his close-range volley effectively saved by Sergio Asenjo, whereas Kante flashed simply large from 20 yards earlier than Zouma volleyed a good chance over the bar.
Ziyech then clashed with Juan Foyth and went down, requiring oxygen remedy and going off the pitch together with his proper shoulder having to be supported amid a chaotic closing couple of minutes to the primary half.
Tuchel’s facet seemed flat because the second half bought beneath approach and weren’t helped when the inevitable host of substitutions started being made, although Villarreal deserve credit score for taking benefit and giving their enthusiastic supporters one thing to cheer on their first Tremendous Cup look.
Participant of the match
Squad quantity29Participant identifyHavertz
Squad quantity1Participant identifyArrizabalaga
Squad quantity7Participant identifyKanté
Squad quantity22Participant identifyZiyech
Squad quantity14Participant identifyChalobah
Squad quantity16Participant identifyMendy
Squad quantity2Participant identifyRüdiger
Squad quantity3Participant identifyAlonso
Squad quantity28Participant identifyAzpilicueta
Squad quantity17Participant identifyKovacic
Squad quantity11Participant identifyWerner
Squad quantity15Participant identifyZouma
Squad quantity10Participant identifyPulisic
Squad quantity4Participant identifyChristensen
Squad quantity5Participant identifyJorginho
Squad quantity19Participant identifyMount
Squad quantity20Participant identifyHudson-Odoi
Squad quantity7Participant identifyMoreno
Squad quantity18Participant identifyMoreno
Squad quantity12Participant identifyEstupiñán
Squad quantity17Participant identifyDani Raba
Squad quantity1Participant identifyAsenjo
Squad quantity23Participant identifyMoi Gómez
Squad quantity2Participant identifyMario Gaspar
Squad quantity8Participant identifyFoyth
Squad quantity4Participant identifyTorres
Squad quantity22Participant identifyMandi
Squad quantity6Participant identifyMorlanes
Squad quantity3Participant identifyAlbiol
Squad quantity16Participant identifyDia
Squad quantity21Participant identifyPino
Squad quantity24Participant identifyPedraza
Squad quantity25Participant identifyCapoue
Squad quantity14Participant identifyManu Trigueros
16MendySubstituted forArrizabalagaat 119′minutesBooked at 125mins14Chalobah15ZoumaSubstituted forChristensenat 66′minutes2RüdigerBooked at 45mins20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 82′minutes7KantéSubstituted forJorginhoat 65′minutes17Kovacic3Alonso22ZiyechSubstituted forPulisicat 43′minutes29Havertz11WernerSubstituted forMountat 65′minutes
1Asenjo8Foyth3Albiol4Torres24PedrazaSubstituted forEstupiñánat 58′minutes21PinoBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMandiat 90′minutes14Trigueros MuñozSubstituted forGómez Bardonadoat 71′minutes25CapoueSubstituted forPérez Martínezat 70′minutes18MorenoSubstituted forMorlanesat 85′minutes7Moreno16DiaSubstituted forRabaseda Antolínat 86′minutesBooked at 119mins
2Pérez Martínez6Morlanes9Alcácer10Iborra12Estupiñán13Rulli15Cuenca17Rabaseda Antolín20Peña22Mandi23Gómez Bardonado34Niño
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Match ends, Chelsea 1(6), Villarreal 1(5).
Penalty Shootout ends, Chelsea 1(6), Villarreal 1(5).
Penalty saved! Raúl Albiol (Villarreal) fails to capitalise on this nice alternative, proper footed shot saved within the backside left nook.
Aim! Chelsea 1(6), Villarreal 1(5). Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the centre of the purpose.
Aim! Chelsea 1(5), Villarreal 1(5). Juan Foyth (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside proper nook.
Aim! Chelsea 1(5), Villarreal 1(4). Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside proper nook.
Aim! Chelsea 1(4), Villarreal 1(4). Dani Raba (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the underside proper nook.
Aim! Chelsea 1(4), Villarreal 1(3). Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the centre of the purpose.
Aim! Chelsea 1(3), Villarreal 1(3). Moi Gómez (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside left nook.
Aim! Chelsea 1(3), Villarreal 1(2). Mason Mount (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the centre of the purpose.
Aim! Chelsea 1(2), Villarreal 1(2). Pervis Estupiñán (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the underside left nook.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) is proven the yellow card.
Aim! Chelsea 1(2), Villarreal 1(1). Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the underside left nook.
Penalty saved! Aïssa Mandi (Villarreal) fails to capitalise on this nice alternative, proper footed shot saved within the backside left nook.
Aim! Chelsea 1(1), Villarreal 1(1). César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a proper footed shot to the underside proper nook.
Aim! Chelsea 1, Villarreal 1(1). Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the underside proper nook.
Penalty saved! Kai Havertz (Chelsea) fails to capitalise on this nice alternative, left footed shot saved within the backside proper nook.
Penalty Shootout begins Chelsea 1, Villarreal 1.
Second Half Further Time ends, Chelsea 1, Villarreal 1.
Foul by Christian Pulisic (Chelsea).