Chelsea beat Villarreal 6-5 on penalties to win the UEFA Tremendous Cup, after an exhilarating 1-1 draw between the perimeters earlier on in Belfast.
Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero, approaching in additional time to switch Edouard Mendy, who himself had a improbable outing. After either side missed one in all their first two penalties, it was Raul Albiol who was the final word sufferer, Kepa diving to save lots of his effort in sudden dying.
Earlier on at Windsor Park, Chelsea dominated the primary half and scored the opener, earlier than Villarreal hit the woodwork late on.
Within the second interval, the Spanish aspect earned their reward for his or her spell of dominance however the sport needed to go to extra-time.
Chelsea had the stronger first half, with N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso closely concerned.
Either side had possibilities from corners all through the half. Kante arrange Timo Werner‘s snapshot was tipped over, whereas on the different finish, Raul Albiol additionally missed. Then, younger Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah’s failed with a poked effort on the again submit.
Kante, in the meantime, received the ball again on a number of events and had a shot simply extensive from vary.
However the Blues’ dominance quickly paid off. Alonso discovered Kai Havertz down the left and the German’s cross discovered Ziyech, whose effort chipped over Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.
Nonetheless, Ziyech then needed to go off with an innocuous shoulder damage, in a giant blow following his purpose.
What’s extra, Europa League holders Villarreal had additional possibilities to equalise. Boulaye Dia simply acquired previous Chalobah and Edouard Mendy unfold himself to save lots of.
Elsewhere, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger noticed yellow for a crunching deal with on Yeremi Pino.
A warning additionally adopted for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel for his protests.
Villarreal ship Chelsea warning
Havertz’ low, drilled shot hitting the aspect netting began the second half strongly.
However Villarreal got here nearer, Gerard Moreno hitting the submit after breaking away following Mendy’s poor goal-kick.
Upon Chelsea making an attempt to rise up the opposite finish, Rudiger fouled an opponent within the field from a free-kick.
Certainly, Villarreal saved coming and after Mendy saved a shot effectively, Moreno acquired the equaliser.
Rudiger’s poor move went to the Spaniard and he carried out a slick one-two with Dia earlier than ending coolly previous Mendy.
Chelsea pushed for a winner, however Mason Mount and Alonso had efforts saved by Asenjo.
Chelsea win dramatic penalty shootout
The Blues had the most effective likelihood of the primary interval of additional time. Christian Pulisic met Havertz’s neat flick-on contained in the field however his effort was simply extensive.
Either side drained, with one eye on their respective Premier League and La Liga campaigns. Mount virtually made it 2-1 within the second half, although, his standing shot forcing an Asenjo save. Nevertheless, penalties loomed and Kepa Arrizabalaga changed Mendy in internet.
Kai Havertz might have set a bitter tone after lacking Chelsea’s first, however parity was restored when Aissa Mandi missed Villarreal’s second effort.
9 excellent spot-kicks adopted, together with Jorginho’s trademark hop which – in contrast to towards England within the Euro 2020 remaining – was profitable.
Nevertheless, Albiol was not profitable along with his effort, which Kepa saved.
The end result avenged Manchester United, who had been overwhelmed by Villarreal within the Europa League remaining again in Might.
As for Champions League holders Chelsea, they’ll now full a European treble with World Membership Cup glory.