Liverpool clinched the FA Cup title for the first time since 2006 after beating Chelsea 0-0 (5-6) in a thrilling penalty shootout that kept their quadruple hopes alive. The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup after beating the Blues also on penalties earlier this year, leaving them with the Champions League and the Premier League titles to complete the quadruple this season. Claim our online jackpot today!
“We are mentality monsters, but there were mentality monsters in blue as well,” said coach Jurgen Klopp, who became the first German manager to lift the trophy. “It was one penalty [between the teams]. Chelsea played outstanding, but in the end, there must be one winner and that was us today. I couldn’t be more proud of my boys, the shift they put in, how hard they fought, the early changes.”
In the repeat of the EFL Cup final, the showpiece clash at Wembley ended 0-0 after 120 minutes that prompted another penalty shootout. Liverpool’s substitute Konstantinos Tsimikas took advantage of Mason Mount’s miss to score the winning spot-kick. Chelsea once again settled for a second place finish in a final where they faced Liverpool, who waited for 16 years to win their eighth FA Cup trophy.
“We are sad, but the same time proud as we left everything on the field,” Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said after the match. Following the loss, Chelsea became the first side to lose three FA Cup finals in a row, after losing to Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester City last year. Meanwhile, Klopp has now won all the top tier trophies in England and is now closer to his first quadruple.
Liverpool now level with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, while Arsenal (14) remain the only side with the most titles in the 150-year history of the FA Cup. “It’s a big moment for us, we haven’t been in this final for some time so to win it was special,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said after being handed the Cup by Prince William. We have Premier League fantasy football updates here!
Meanwhile, the Reds will take on Southampton this week to keep their Premier League hopes alive as they sit three points behind leaders Manchester City with two games to spare. They are also set to face La Liga champions Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28. They will be hoping to see the injured Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Virgil van Dijk in the must-win fixtures.
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