Chelsea have suffered an agonising penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul this evening.
The match ended 1-1 in normal time and 2-2 after extra-time and in the end, the two sides were separated by Blues striker Tammy Abraham’s penalty miss.
Despite Liverpool being the hot favourites to lift the trophy, Chelsea started the match well and Pedro fired an effort against the woodwork midway through the first half.
Frank Lampard’s side took the lead in the 36th minute when Christian Pulisic delivered the ball to Olivier Giroud who slotted the ball beyond Liverpool keeper Adrian into the back of the net.
It was Pulisic who found the net himself three minutes later but the officials deemed that the American international had strayed into an offside position.
Liverpool drew level just after the break when Sadio Mane swept the ball into the net from close range. The Reds pushed for the winning goal but found Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in fine form with the player saving well from Mo Sarah, Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino in quick succession.
Chelsea arguably finished the match with the greater momentum. First, Pedro was denied by a wonderful tackle by Van Dijk before Mason Mount found the back of the net but had strayed into an offside position.
Liverpool took the lead early in the first period of extra time when Firmino teed up Sadio Mane to score but it was soon 2-2 when Jorginho scored from the penalty spot after Mason Mount had been fouled by Adrian.
Mount twice went close in a cagey second 15 minutes but he was unable to find a way of beating Adrian as the match went to penalties.
Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Mount and Emerson Palmieri all scored their spot kicks but striker Abraham was the villain, missing the decisive penalty as Liverpool netted a 5-4 victory.