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Uefa Tremendous Cup: Chelsea defeat Villarreal on penalties in Belfast to raise trophy for second time

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 saveChelsea 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

An injured Hakim Ziyech is helped off the pitchChelsea 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

HavertzKai Havertz

Chelsea

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

Villarreal

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

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

16Mendy

14Chalobah15Zouma2Rüdiger

20Hudson-Odoi7Kanté17Kovacic3Alonso

22Ziyech29Havertz

11Werner

16MendySubstituted forArrizabalagaat 119′minutesBooked at 125mins14Chalobah15ZoumaSubstituted forChristensenat 66′minutes2RüdigerBooked at 45mins20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 82′minutes7KantéSubstituted forJorginhoat 65′minutes17Kovacic3Alonso22ZiyechSubstituted forPulisicat 43′minutes29Havertz11WernerSubstituted forMountat 65′minutes

Substitutes

1Arrizabalaga4Christensen5Jorginho6Thiago Silva9Abraham10Pulisic12Loftus-Cheek19Mount21Chilwell24James28Azpilicueta33Emerson

Villarreal

Formation 4-4-2

1Asenjo

8Foyth3Albiol4Torres24Pedraza

21Pino14Trigueros Muñoz25Capoue18Moreno

7Moreno16Dia

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

Substitutes

2Pérez Martínez6Morlanes9Alcácer10Iborra12Estupiñán13Rulli15Cuenca17Rabaseda Antolín20Peña22Mandi23Gómez Bardonado34Niño

Referee:Sergey Karasev

Attendance:10,435

Dwell Textual content

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).

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