Chelsea beat Villarreal 6-5 on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup, after a thrilling 1-1 draw between the sides earlier on in Belfast.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, who came on in extra time to replace Edouard Mendy, was the star of the show. Kepa dived to stop Raul Albiol’s effort in sudden death after both sides missed their first two penalties.
Chelsea had dominated the first half at Windsor Park, scoring the opening goal, before Villarreal hit the woodwork late in the game.
The Spaniards were rewarded for their dominance in the second session, but the game had to go to overtime.
N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso played a major role in Chelsea’s first-half dominance.
From corners, both teams had chances throughout the half. It was Kante who set up Timo Werner’s shot, which was pushed over by Raul Albiol at the other end. Later, a prodded effort at the back post by Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah failed to find its mark.
Precisely when it came to winning back possession, Kante did not disappoint. His long-range effort was just wide.
It didn’t take long for the Blues’ dominance to pay off. On the left, Alonso found Kai Havertz who crossed for Ziyech, who chipped the ball over Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.
In spite of this, Ziyech was forced to leave the game after scoring due to an inconsequential shoulder injury.
Furthermore, Villarreal, the holders of the Europa League, had more chances to equalize. Boulaye Dia breezed past Chalobah, and Edouard Mendy stretched out to save the day.
Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger received a yellow card for a hard tackle on Yeremi Pino.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was also given a warning for his objections.
The second half got off to a great start with Havertz’s low, hammered shot into the side netting.
Villarreal, on the other hand, came close, with Gerard Moreno hitting the post after breaking away after Mendy’s bad goal-kick.
Rudiger fouled an opponent in the box from a free-kick as Chelsea attempted to get up the other end.
Villarreal kept pushing, and Moreno got the equalizer after Mendy stopped a shot brilliantly.
The Spaniard took advantage of Rudiger’s botched pass, performing a beautiful one-two with Dia before finishing coolly beyond Mendy.
Chelsea pushed for a winner, but Asenjo saved Mason Mount and Alonso’s efforts.
In the first period of extra time, the Blues had the greatest chance. Inside the box, Christian Pulisic met Havertz’s lovely flick-on, but his effort was just wide.
Both teams were exhausted, with one eye on their Premier League and La Liga seasons, respectively. Mount came close to making it 2-1 in the second half, forcing an Asenjo save with a standing shot. However, penalties loomed, and Mendy was replaced in goal by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
After missing Chelsea’s first attempt, Kai Havertz could have set a nasty tone, but parity was restored when Aissa Mandi missed Villarreal’s second attempt.
Jorginho’s characteristic jump, which was successful against England in the Euro 2020 final, was among the nine immaculate spot-kicks that followed.
Albiol, on the other hand, was unsuccessful in his attempt, which Kepa salvaged.
Manchester United were avenged after losing to Villarreal in the Europa League final in May.
Chelsea, the Champions League holders, can now complete a European trifecta by winning the World Club Cup.
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