Wednesday, 07 December 2022

Chelsea defeated Villarreal in a shootout in UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea defeated Villarreal in a shootout in UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea beat Villarreal at Windsor Park to win the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday night game finished 1-1 after regular and extra time.

Kepa Arrizabalaga was a substitute who made two saves in a penalty shootout.

The Europa League and Champions League winners were played at Ireland in Belfast, as club play restarted across Europe's top leagues looms this weekend.

Ziyech scored the opening goal for Chelsea in the 26th minute, rerouteing a Kai Havertz cross past to Sergio Asenjo of Villarreal to stake Thomas Tuchel's side to a 1-0 lead.

Thomas Tuchel said.

"It was certainly not spontaneous,"

"We had some statistics; we were well prepared. Kepa Arrizabalaga is the best percentage in saving penalties. The analyzing guys and the goalkeeper coaches showed me the data, and then we told the players that this could happen.

"And since then they know and it's fantastic how Edu accepts it. Kepa is better in this discipline and these guys are true team players."

On for Ziyech, Christian Pulisic came, who appeared to pick up an injury shortly before half-time. At the same time, both Antonio Rudiger and Tuchel were shown yellow cards on following the German international's for an innocent tackle on Pino.

In the second half, Villarreal forced and netted a deserved equalizer in the 75th minute when Gerard Moreno blasted past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy after a clever back-heel assist from Boulaye Dia.

Both teams gave their effort for a winner, but none came, and the Super Cup went to extra time for the fourth consecutive year.

Chelsea defeated Villarreal in a shootout in UEFA Super Cup 1Getty Images

Asenjo turned away a Mason Mount effort in extra time, the best chance of the added period, and Tuchel brought on Kepa for Mendy with the game headed to spot kicks to determine the winner.

Kepa saved once from Aïssa Mandi and then kept out Raúl Albiol's spot-kick after Rudiger had converted just before to hand Chelsea the win in a dramatic 6-5 shootout win.

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Thomas Tuchel said.

"It was tough, 120 minutes," 

"We were influential in the first 30-35 minutes, and then we lost a bit easy balls after our goal... the equalizer was well-deserved.

"Right after we conceded the goal we were very strong again, right until the end."

Chelsea begins their 2021-22 Premier League campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday, while Villarreal is away to Granada on Monday for the opening weekend of LaLiga.


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