Chelsea (5) 0-0 (6) Liverpool: Allison the HERO as Tsimikas nets decisive spot-kick as Reds win the FA Cup

Liverpool emerged champions of the 2021/2022 English FA Cup, following a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea, after the game had finished goalless after 120 minutes.

The opening period saw a flurry of opportunities for both sides as they looked to seize the initiative, but the big point for concern was Egyptian forward Mo Salah who was subbed off for Liverpool in the 33rd minute due to injury.

The second half saw both teams go at it again in search of the opener but to no avail. Not even 120 minutes of extra-time could separate the two clubs, as they all settled for the luxury of penalties to determine the winner.

As we have so often seen numerous times in the game of football, there must be heroes and villains whenever it comes to penalties. Cesar Azpilicueta was the villain for Chelsea as he missed his spot-kick, likewise Sadio Mane who missed his for Liverpool as Edouard Mendy saved from his fellow countryman.

Allison Becker was the hero for the Reds as he saved Mason Mount’s penalty in sudden-death and Tsimikas netted the decisive penalty as Liverpool were crowned FA Cup champions for the first time since 2006 and the eighth time in their history.

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END OF EXTRA-TIME AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

SECOND HALF OF EXTRA-TIME UNDERWAY AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

HALF-TIME IN EXTRA-TIME AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

FIRST HALF OF EXTRA-TIME AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Imagine if this had gone in for Liverpool

END OF REGULATION TIME AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

HALF-TIME AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

INJURY ALERT:

Liverpool’s Mo Salah has been forced to come off in this FA Cup Final, due to injury. At first, the Egyptian required medical treatment which prompted the referee stop play so that the physio could come onto the pitch.

But in the 33rd minute, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was forced to make a substitution, with the now-injured Salah making way for Portuguese international Diogo Jota.

This will not be good news for the Reds as they will be sweating on Salah’s fitness ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid on May 28th.

KICK-OFF AT THE WEMBLEY STADIUM: Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has named Ibrahima Konate in place of Joel Matip, while the trio of Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will lead the attack for the Merseysiders.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has named the in-form Romelu Lukaku in his starting XI but there is no place on the Matchday squad for German international Kai Havertz.

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