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Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea AET

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Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea AET (Liverpool win 5-4 on pens): Adrian the hero as he saves Tammy Abraham's spot kick to ensure the Reds win another shootout in Istanbul and lift the UEFA Super CupAfter a high tempo start from both sides, Spanish winger Pedro smashed a strike against the woodwork Chelsea were the better team and took the lead through Olivier Giroud after an incisive Christian Pulisic passPulisic thought he had doubled the Blues' lead after a superb solo strike but it was ruled out for offside Liverpool came firing out of the blocks after half-time and levelled the scores through forward Sadio ManeChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga pulled off an incredible double save with the scores locked at 1-1 Substitute Mason Mount thought he'd scored the winner with a clinical finish but his goal was ruled offside The match went to extra-time and it was Liverpool who took the lead courtesy of an emphatic finish by Mane But Chelsea hit back immediately from the spot through Jorginho after Tammy Abraham was fouled in the boxThe match went to penalties where Tammy Abraham's spot-kick was saved by stand-in goalkeeper AdrianAdvertisement

In the short-term it's hard to escape the feeling that the main beneficiaries of this long hot night in Turkey will be Leicester City and Southampton, the teams waiting to face Chelsea and Liverpool respectively in the Premier League this weekend. 

At the start of what will be a long season, it seemed unfair and unnecessary to push these teams through extra-time before a penalty shoot-out that was won by Liverpool.

In particular this felt a little harsh on Frank Lampard's Chelsea team. They had played very well throughout and on balance may have been marginally the better side. 

Adrian holds the UEFA Super Cup aloft after Liverpool ran out winners over Chelsea on penalties at the Vodafone Arena

The match was drawn 1-1 in normal time and 2-2 after 30 minutes of extra-time before a winner was found from 12 yards

Adrian was the hero for Liverpool as the stand-in goalkeeper saved Tammy Abraham's penalty in the shoot-out in Istanbul

The stopper, who took the place of Alisson who was injured against Norwich on Friday, blocked Abraham's poor effort

The former West Ham United goalkeeper was mobbed by his team-mates after proving to be the difference in the Super Cup

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea with a well taken finish after an incisive through ball from Christian Pulisic

Giroud had been overlooked for the Blues' Premier League opener at Old Trafford but showed his worth in the Super Cup final

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, deputising for the calf-damaged Alisson, was unable to prevent Giroud from finding the net

Liverpool came flying out of the blocks in the second half and drew level through Senegalese forward Sadio Mane

Fabinho lofted the ball forward and Roberto Firmino laid it off into the path of Mane who couldn't miss from close range

The Reds looked to have been caught on the hop before half time but they improved radically in the second period in Istanbul

The teams couldn't be separated in normal time but Liverpool struck quickly in extra-time, taking the lead through Mane

Mane smashed home a a well-worked cut back from substitute Firmino, who teed him up for a right footed effort into the net

But Liverpool's lead did not last long as Jorginho levelled the scores for Chelsea from the penalty spot just five minutes later 

Tammy Abraham was adjudged to have been fouled by Adrian and Jorginho used a clever feint to send the stopper wrong way


LIVERPOOL: (4-3-3) Adrian 5, Gomez 6, Matip 5, Van Dijk 7, Robertson 6 (Alexander-Arnold 90, 6), Milner 6 (Wijnaldum 64, 6.5), Fabinho 6.5, Henderson 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6 (Firmino 46, 7), Salah 6.5, Mane 8.5 (Origi 103).

SUBS NOT USED: Lonergan, Lallana, Shaqiri, Brewster, Hoever, Elliott, Kelleher.

GOALS: Mane 48, 95

BOOKINGS: Henderson, Alexander-Arnold

COACH: Jurgen Klopp 7

CHELSEA: (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga 7.5, Azpilicueta 6, Zouma 6.5, Christensen 6.5 (Tomori 85, 6.5), Emerson Palmieri 7, Jorginho 7, Kante 8.5, Kovacic 6.5 (Barkley 101), Pulisic 8 (Mount 74, 6), Giroud 7 (Abraham 74, 6), Pedro 7.5.

SUBS NOT USED: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Willian, Kenedy, Zappacosta, Batshuayi, Gilmour.

GOALS: Giroud 36, Jorginho 101 (pen) 

BOOKINGS: Azpilicueta

COACH: Frank Lampard 6.5

REFEREE: Stephanie Frappart 6.5

VENUE: Vodafone Arena, Istanbul

Nevertheless, none of that detracted from the spectacle here by the Bosporus. For a game often viewed as a glorified friendly – an excuse for UEFA's legions of officials to enjoy some time away – this did not feel like that. 

A Chelsea team vastly improved from their weekend troubles at Manchester United and a Liverpool side strangely vulnerable so far this season but still capable of recognisable attacking thrusts, these were two sides who came together here to produce something strangely and unusually compelling.

Remember the two dreadful European finals played by these two teams to get here? Well this was nothing like those. This was a game high on energy, risk, flow and counter thrust. It was a like a good Premier League game and it was regrettable that it was decided by an error by one player, Chelsea's Tammy Abraham.

The young Englishman is enduring a steep learning curve already this season. Largely ineffectual at Old Trafford, he was much better after emerging as a substitute here, troubling a tiring Liverpool defence and winning the slightly debatable penalty that levelled things up at 2-2 and took the game to the shoot-out.

But after nine successful penalties by both teams, Abraham placed his kick too close to Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian and when the Spaniard kicked it away with his right foot, the contest was finally settled at the wrong side of 12.30am local time.

Abraham has been here before, missing a kick for England Under 21s against Germany in the semi-finals of the 2017 European Championships. 

This will have been equally painful as his team had been terrific all night. Lampard argued at the weekend that Chelsea had not taken what they deserved from Old Trafford. That was debatable but he had a stronger case here. 

Adrian made a brilliant stop to deny the on-rushing Mateo Kovacic to keep the contest scoerless in the opening stages

Pedro went closest to breaking the deadlock early on when he crashed a strike from a tight angle onto the crossbar 

Pulisic was instrumental in the build up to the opening goal but was denied a brilliant one of his own by the offside flag

Republic of Ireland assistant referee Michelle O'Neill raised her flag to rule out Pulisic's well-crafted individual goal for offside

Liverpool bulwark Virgil van Dijk rises high alongside Chelsea targetman Olivier Giroud, who replaced Tammy Abraham

Christian Pulisic made his full debut for the Blues after coming off the bench during their 4-0 defeat by Manchester United

N'Golo Kante shrugged off pre-match injury concerns to start for Frank Lampard's side in the heart of the Chelsea midfield

The better team in the first half of regulation play, Chelsea recovered from a slow start to trouble Liverpool. Their best players were the Spaniard Pedro and the American newcomer Christian Pulisic. 

With fit-again N'Golo Kante playing beautifully back in the holding role he loves, Chelsea played neat, progressive football that looked to expose in particular an uneasy Liverpool right-side defensive axis of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. 

After a couple of spurned chances, Chelsea eventually scored when Kante and Pulisic combined to play Olivier Giroud clear, the Frenchman scoring across Adrian with his left instep.

Liverpool were not themselves. They were decent enough with the ball but certainly were not without it. As they did against Norwich last Friday, they looked a little porous.

Nevertheless, they were much improved in the second half and that says much about them. Good teams feel affronted when things don't go their way and they played like an aggrieved team here, equalising when substitute Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane proved a little too aggressive for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the latter of the pair rolling the ball in from two yards in the 48th minute. 

Briefly, Liverpool played with a tempo and aggression that looked too much for Chelsea. Another goal then and they may have rolled the Londoners over. 

But Chelsea exhibited a stubbornness and a gumption that was always recognisable in their manager when he was playing and the teams swapped chances in the final twenty minutes of regulation play – Kepa saving astonishingly from Virgil van Dijk - to take the game in to an extra period that we probably did not need.

Pedro skips away from James Milner but fires a wayward effort strike that does not trouble stand-in goalkeeper Adrian

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was hoping to see a response from his players after the Blues' heavy loss at Old Trafford

Liverpool – so much better with Firmino on the field – were ahead early in the extra period. 

The Brazilian and Mane swapped passes and when Mane drove the ball high past Kepa in to the top corner it felt as though Chelsea’s race may finally be run.

Not a bit of it. Back they came and after Adrian – impressive on the whole – denied the breaking Abraham with his legs, he was adjudged to have fouled the youngster by the goal line and Jorginho drew the goalkeeper in to an early dive and clevery rolled the ball down the the middle of the goal.

Adrian saved well from Mason Mount late on while Pedro curled a shot wide. Then, with the last kick of the game, Mo Salah drilled the ball low across goal and only inches away from the stretching Firmino. 

French referee Stephanie Frappart and her assistants back the first female officials to officiate a major UEFA men's final

Jurgen Klopp remonstrates with his players as Liverpool's Premier League rivals took control of the contest early on

Olivier Giroud takes to the skies to attempt an audacious bicycle kick but the strike skewed away wide of the Liverpool goal

Sadio Mane watches on as his shot slips past Arrizabalaga but rolls agonisingly wide of the post, before being ruled offside

Virgil van Dijk holds his leg moments after being denied by a stunning Arrizabalaga save which flicked onto the bar and away

Mohamed Salah shoots for goal from a set-piece on the edge of the box, but the ball deflected over the Blues crossbar

Substitute Ross Barkley tries to carve an opening for Chelsea against European champions Liverpool in the Super Cup final

A draw would undoubtedly have been fair but we needed a winner and the shootout gave us one. 

It was an impressive set of penalties – Firmino, Fabinho, Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Salah for Liverpool and Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Mount and Emerson for Chelsea – which left Abraham looking rather exposed at the death.

Liverpool celebrated with some gusto before and after receiving a largely meaningless piece of silverware while Chelsea looked rather flattened by the whole thing. 

Proof if ever we needed it that when two English teams meet, it always, always means something.

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