Liverpool won the FA Cup final after beating Chelsea on penalties.

Liverpool won the FA Cup final after beating Chelsea on penalties.

For all its conveniences, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing.

Just like in the League Cup final earlier this year at Wembley, Jürgen Klopp’s men needed a penalty to oust Chelsea and pick up some silverware on the same pitch.

As unlikely as it is for the Reds to become the first English team to win all three domestic competitions and the European Cup, the quadruple is still possible thanks to this FA Cup win.

Two trophies in the cabinet this season, room for two more. That’s why Liverpool fans dream. History could still be written.

As in the League Cup final, a 120 minutes without a score denied the quality of the match. Opportunities were created, the beams were hit, but perhaps it was appropriate that on the 150th anniversary of the oldest football cup event, the final was judged in the most theatrical way.

The Greek defender of Liverpool, Costas Tsimikas, was the incredible hero of the shots.

Chelsea lost the second penalty (Cesar Azplicueta), Liverpool the fifth (Santio Mane). There was a sense of déjà vu as the first 10 penalties could not judge the result and so the match led to sudden death – the League Cup final ended 11-10 on penalties with the goalkeepers having to accelerate.

However, this time fewer penalties were needed, as Allison Becker blocked Mason Mount’s spot, which gave Costas Tsimikas the opportunity to become the incredible hero.

The Greek international is not a regular key player for Liverpool, but calmly to spark happy celebrations from the reds.

Liverpool players flooded Tsimikas, coach Jurgen Klopp ran towards his men and the fans lit flares to fill the air with a shade of red.

The club’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” anthem resounded around the stadium as Liverpool fans scattered a team that gave them their first FA Cup win at Wembley in 30 years.

This is the caliber of this Liverpool team, however, the festivities should be short-lived, as there are other challenges on the horizon – a Champions League final at the end of the month and two Premier League games in which we will try to reconsider the advantage of three Manchester City’s points at the top of the league.

Liverpool fans can celebrate their first FA Cup triumph since 2006.

Opportunities abound

Even an event as traditional as this – a band that parades before the start, Royalty presents the trophy – recognizes world events.

Like many great sporting events, political statements were made. First, the Liverpool fans disapproved of the English national anthem, then the leaders and officials stood with the Ukrainian flag with the words “PEACE” in black capital letters and, shortly before the start of this older tournament, the players knelt down.

The match was just minutes away when Liverpool got their first chance. In fact, the men in red should have scored at least once, such was their dominance in the first 15 minutes, but Thiago, the excellent Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Mane fell in front of the goal.

Although Chelsea played second violin for most of the first half, the Londoners undoubtedly had the best chance of the season with only a world-class rebound from Liverpool’s Allison – a dip in Marcos Alonso’s feet – that prevented them. to proceed.

The early departure of Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer this season, due to injury, heightened Liverpool’s sense of anxiety as the half-time progressed, but, even without the Egyptian, the Reds were able to confirm their dominance before the resurgence.

Indeed, Salah’s replacement, Diogo Jota, should have put Klopp’s men ahead shortly before the break.

Mo Salah was a huge miss for Liverpool as he left limping injured.

As Liverpool did in the first half, Chelsea made a brilliant start to the second. Again, Alonso refused to enter the scoresheet, this time from the crossbar as his threatening foul hit the wood.

Two of the best teams in English football went from foot to toe and there were many chances: Jota, Diaz and Andy Robertson for Liverpool. Christian Pulisic (twice) for Chelsea.

She was out of breath. That was fun. It created a brilliant atmosphere as both groups of fans raised the decibels on a beautiful summer night in London.

All that was missing was a goal. The minutes passed, the substitutes came in, the mistakes came in the game of tired legs, but no one could find the nets.

Diaz looked up at the sky as the impressive Edward Medy stopped another chance, in the 82nd minute, and his gesture reflected the feelings of all the fans watching: will a goalkeeper ever lose?

Robertson hit the crossbar seven minutes before Diaz scored again. But as the full-time whistle went off, the fight – for all occasions, for all the fun – remained scoreless.

Inevitably, the energy fell to extra time and few opportunities were created as the penalties look big on the horizon.

Once again, Chelsea, still under the sanctions of the United Kingdom government, suffered the hardest defeats, becoming the first team to lose three consecutive FA Cup finals.

“We are sad, but at the same time proud that we left everything on the pitch,” said coach Thomas Tuchel after the game.

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