Liverpool beat Chelsea to win FA Cup on penalties

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Mueez Ajao

– Liverpool kept alive hopes of an unprecedented quadruple as Konstantinos Tsimikas struck a sudden-death penalty winner to earn victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

– In scenes similar to the Carabao Cup final earlier in the campaign when the Reds edged a shootout win, the sides again could not be separated in a goalless 120 minutes of play that saw countless wasted openings.

– They split 27 shots on the day – 17 for Liverpool and 10 for Chelsea – and both sides saw efforts hit the woodwork before an extra-time period played in a manner that made penalties feel inevitable.

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– And when they came, Cesar Azpilicueta’s early miss handed Liverpool the initiative, only for Sadio Mane to see the potentially match-winning penalty saved, prompting Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to drop to his knees and beat the Wembley turf in celebration.

– Mason Mount saw Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson superbly save Chelsea’s second sudden-death effort, allowing Tsimikas to side-foot home and spark scenes of wild celebration in a season Reds’ fans will find hard to forget.