WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON — For the second time in three months, Liverpool have defeated Chelsea in a penalty shootout at the home of football, lifting the FA Cup to continue their unlikely quadruple dream.
On an afternoon dampened by injuries for Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool prevailed 6-5 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes. Konstantinos Tsimikas scored the winning spot-kick, following a brilliant save from Alisson to deny Mason Mount.
On the 150th anniversary of the world's most-loved domestic cup, a gloriously sun-kissed day here in north-west London saw an entertaining game befitting the occasion. Just like in February, it was gripping despite ending goalless, with chances aplenty at both ends.
In fact, all four games between the Reds and Blues this season have been brilliant viewing, with all four ending as draws - despite their pair of cup final heartaches, Thomas Tuchel's men have impressed throughout. It's a saga that has continued one of football's great modern rivalries, one steeped in the contrasting ideologies of the two clubs.
Liverpool began far brighter, dominating the opening quarter-hour thanks largely to Luis Diaz. After much pregame conjecture over which combination of Liverpool's five sensational forwards are now Jurgen Klopp's best trio, the electric start by the Colombian — alongside Mohamed Salah and the central Sadio Mane — quickly proved the manager right.
However, the Reds were unable to capitalise on the early pressure. While Diaz was a menace on the left flank, chance after chance went begging. The same could eventually be said for Chelsea later in the half and throughout the second period, particularly through Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic.
But that Chelsea pressure only came after Liverpool's forward line was broken up by an injury to Salah. Worryingly just a fortnight ahead of the Champions League final in Paris, the Egyptian King was seemingly forced off with a muscle issue, having not been in a collision.
At the end of regulation time, the same fate befell Virgil van Dijk. To lose two talismanic figures, after the midweek knock for crucial midfield cog Fabinho, is perhaps proof that something simply had to give. Going into late May having played every possible game in a campaign (aside from replays) is bound to cause a case of the walking wounded.
But, Liverpool were not to be beaten. This team are, after all, "Mentality Monsters". After extra-time petered out, Chelsea won the toss for the shootout, which meant, unlike the EFL Cup final, they were kicking towards their own support. Not that it mattered, with the deafening volume of those travelling from Merseyside.
🏆 19 league titles.— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 UK 🇬🇧 (@sportingnewsuk) May 14, 2022
🏆 8 FA Cups.
🏆 9 League Cups.
🏆 6 European Cups/Champions Leagues.
🏆 3 UEFA Cup/Europa Leagues.
🏆 4 European Super Cups.
🏆 1 FIFA Club World Cup.
A 50th major trophy for #LFC! 👏
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The first failure for the Blues came with their second penalty, as Cesar Azpilicueta struck the post. Mane — already a penalty king for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final this year — had the chance to win it with his side's fifth kick, but he was denied by compatriot Edouard Mendy.
In sudden death, Alisson — who had also gone down with an injury scare earlier, as well as making two magnificent saves during the game — produced when it mattered, diving to his left to keep out Mount's effort.
Up stepped late substitute Tsimikas, the unlikeliest of heroes, to seal Liverpool's first taste of FA Cup glory at Wembley in three decades - and ensures Klopp has now completed the full set of trophies on offer to him as Liverpool boss.
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool result
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool highlights
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool as-it-happened
LIVERPOOL WIN: The Reds have beaten Chelsea on penalties for a second time in a Wembley final this season, again coming out on top on penalties to complete the second part of an unlikely quadruple, and to lift the FA Cup for a ninth time in club history.
7th pens: Alisson saves from Mount! Huge hand down to his left. Tsimikas scores! LIVERPOOL ARE FA CUP WINNERS!
6th pens: Ziyech scores for Chelsea, after a lengthy delay while a blue flare was on the field. Jota converts for Liverpool. 5-5.
5th pens: Jorginho scores his to keep the shootout alive. And Mane's is saved! Compatriot Mendy keeps it out, and it's now going to sudden death! 4-4.
4th pens: Barkley, with the immense amount of pressure on him after being brought on as a penalty specialist, scores. Alexander-Arnold does the same. Liverpool 4-3 up and on the brink!
3rd pens: James coolly converts down the middle for Chelsea. Firmino puts his away too. Liverpool 3-2 up.
2nd pens: The red half of Wembley goes wild as Azpilicueta hits the post! Thiago sneaks in his spot-kick. Liverpool are 2-1 up.
1st pens: Alonso steps up first, and scores. Milner, Mr Reliable from the spot, does the same. 1-1.
PENALTIES: Chelsea won the toss, so unlike the Carabao Cup final, the players are shooting towards the Blues fans.
ET FULL-TIME: Penalties it is!
ET 29th min: This is strange. Loftus-Cheek, who only came on 14 minutes ago, is the man making way for Barkley. No obvious sign of an injury.
ET 28th min: Well, well, well. It's not Kepa or Werner on! Ross Barkley is about to make an appearance for the shootout, while Tuchel completely loses his temper over a free-kick decision that went against his side.
ET 25th min: As we look towards penalties, Chelsea have two obvious remaining options on the bench. It's either goalkeeper Kepa - which would require a whole lot of belief (or plain stubbornness) after the Carabao Cup debacle - or striker Timo Werner.
ET 21st min: Neither side truly looks like breaking the deadlock here. Loftus-Cheek, playing very advanced in the absence of a centre-forward, has been lively, but nothing to overly trouble Matip and Konate. Robertson is substituted for Konstantinos Tsimikas.
ET 16th min: Both teams attacking towards their own fans one last time. Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek on for Chalobah and Pulisic at the interval.
ET HALF-TIME: Still nothing to separate Chelsea and Liverpool. We are 15 minutes away from another penalty shootout...
ET 10th min: Alexander-Arnold is the hero at the back once again, this time toeing away a teasing centre from Ziyech towards the far post.
ET 7th min: As his song rings out around Wembley, Roberto Firmino makes his comeback here. There's a standing ovation for the man he replaces, Diaz, who has entertained greatly this afternoon.
ET 5th min: Konate living slightly dangerously with a push on Ziyech in the area, but nothing doing for the referee.
ET 4th min: Matip is called into action for the first time, as Pulisic is unleashed by James down the right. The centre-back deals with the danger and the resulting corner comes to nothing. At the opposite end, Kante impressively sniffs out a threatening Diaz break.
ET 1st min: Extra-time is underway. Joel Matip is on at the break, in seemingly another massive injury worry for the Reds, as the talismanic Van Dijk departs the field.
FULL-TIME: As it was three months ago, we are goalless after 90 minutes between Chelsea and Liverpool. Extra-time is up next, and if they still can't be separated, potentially another outing for penalty "specialist" Kepa Arrizabalaga...
90th min: Thiago Silva copes fairly well with Diaz in a foot-race, but the winger turns back inside onto his right boot and curls an effort agonisingly wide. We're now into three minutes of stoppage time.
85th min: Lukaku, after a performance to forget from the Belgium international, is off for Hakim Ziyech.
84th min: And now Mendy's other post is struck! This time, Diaz plays a wonderful ball out to the right, before the ball is swung in for Robertson rushing in at the back stick, but his first-time contact hits the woodwork.
83rd min: Diaz hits the post! The winger breaks down the right this time, set up again by Mane, but the angle isn't kind and he's set too far right.
76th min: Alexander-Arnold has been influential in attack, but the English star has now come up big at the back, too, sliding in to deny the jinky Pulisic another shooting position.
74th min: A switch for Liverpool in central midfield, as intriguingly Keita is off for James Milner.
69th min: As in the Carabao Cup final, Pulisic is seeing plenty of presentable scoring opportunities. This time, the American is set up by James from the right, and puts his low effort wide of the right post. Similarly, Diaz has another shot of his own at the other end, his a more speculative 20-yard curling effort which he can't quite keep down.
66th min: To be expected, Kovacic isn't able to finish the game. He's replaced in midfield by the similarly half-fit Kante.
63rd min: The Merseyside giants have wrestled back control in the last few minutes, with Alexander-Arnold looking dangerous, getting beyond Alonso with ease. He can't make anything of a pair of corners, but Klopp's men are now setting the tempo once more, and the travelling supporters are certainly feeling it.
60th min: Mane, who has been fantastic in the central role all afternoon, collects the ball in acres of space and tees up Jota inside the area, whose right-footed effort across goal goes wide.
55th min: Chelsea's wing-backs almost make a connection of their own, as James swings it towards the outstretched boot of Alonso, who can't quite make contact, as the chances begin to rack up in this half.
52nd min: The roar is back for the travelling Liverpool fans behind Mendy's net, with Diaz's long-range effort zipping just wide.
51st min: The Reds get a foothold in proceedings with a brilliant cross from Alexander-Arnold, who finds fellow full-back Robertson, but the Scot can't convert from close range.
48th min: And now Alonso hits the bar from a free-kick! Liverpool need to wake up, and fast.
47th min: A big save from Alisson! Pulisic is in yet again, but his central effort is stopped by the Brazilian. Very promising start from Chelsea.
46th min: The second period is underway here, and it begins with Chelsea on the front foot. The ball arrives from the right to Alonso at the back post, whose effort goes just wide!
🤕 Can Liverpool secure #EmiratesFACup success without their star striker? 🔴— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 UK 🇬🇧 (@sportingnewsuk) May 14, 2022
They'll have to hope Mo Salah will be okay for Paris! 😬
For just the 2️⃣nd time in his #LFC career, he leaves the field in the first-half - both times during major finals (#UCL vs. R. Madrid in 2018). pic.twitter.com/q6nBNj3CLm
HALF-TIME: Goalless at the break. Chelsea will be the happier of the two sides, after Klopp's men failed to make the most of their fantastic early pressure, particularly through Diaz, who was electric in his buildup but also somewhat wasteful. Perhaps the bigger concern will be over Salah, though, after the Egyptian King was forced off through injury partway through that half.
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⬥ Most duels attempted (9).
⬥ Most duels won (7).
⬥ Most interceptions (2).
🔵 Chelsea’s Jorginho with plenty of game-high figures at half-time in the #EmiratesFACup final! 💪#CHELIV | #CFCpic.twitter.com/GjUG8YLKYE
46th min: At the other end, Pulisic delicately dinks the ball through to Lukaku, whose left-footed strike goes over. The Belgian has struggled to make an impact in this first half.
45th min: Jota's first big chance of the game goes begging! Mane starts the move by dispossessing Mount deep, with the play eventually moving out left, where a ball into the Portuguese is poked over with the outside of his boot.
42nd min: No real openings for either side in the last few minutes as the game reaches more of a settled state, following the three breaks for injuries which disrupted a frenetic start here in the capital.
34th min: Mount has really been looking dangerous in the last quarter-hour, and the England international again gets Pulisic in on goal, but Konate denies the Chelsea No.10.
Mo Salah comes off for Liverpool with an apparent injury 😳 pic.twitter.com/FbxOGlg0BS— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 14, 2022
32nd min: More injury concern for Liverpool, though, with Salah forced off through injury! Seemingly a muscle problem, given it was not through a collision. That could have massive implications just two weeks before the Champions League final. Diogo Jota is on.
30th min: Liverpool fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief, with Alisson back to his feet.
27th min: After a spell of light Liverpool pressure, Mount bursts forward to play in the onrushing Alonso for another golden opportunity, but Alisson comes up big to deny the Spaniard fantastically. However, the Reds' goalkeeper has hurt himself in the process.
23rd min: Big chance for the Londoners! Pulisic finds himself open in the centre of the box after English duo James and Mount break down the right. Warning signs for Liverpool, after failing to capitalise on their early domination.
17th min: Thiago fouls Kovacic on the right edge of Liverpool's box, giving Chelsea a free-kick in a promising position. Alonso over it, but sails hopelessly into the arms of Alisson.
16th min: Chelsea's first meaningful spell of possession ends in Pulisic flashing a shot wide, after what was a clear Lukaku handball.
13th min: After an interruption due to a Chalobah injury, the game resumes in exactly the same way. Diaz played in, this time by a great Mane pass, and his shot is blocked.
8th min: What a ball from Alexander-Arnold! The full-back wonderfully plays in Diaz cross-field with the outside of his boot, but Mendy produces a big save. One-way traffic here so far.
🧤 Edouard Mendy’s early save to keep out Luis Diaz means he’s already made one more stop in the #EmiratesFACup final than in his last appearance vs. #LUFC in the Premier League! 😬— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 UK 🇬🇧 (@sportingnewsuk) May 14, 2022
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7th min: Strong work from Mane unleashes Diaz again down the left, and again the Colombian's ball into the middle is teasing but eludes two teammates.
6th min: Jorginho is down after a ball from Salah strikes him in the head from close range. It was during another threatening attack from Liverpool, who look in the mood.
3rd min: James vs. Diaz looks like it has the makings of an intriguing battle on Liverpool's left flank. The Chelsea man had come out on top in the early knockings, but Diaz then tees up the Reds' first chance of the game, with his cross agonisingly unable to be met by Thiago.
KICK-OFF: We're underway! Chelsea in all yellow, Liverpool in their traditional red. Deafening atmosphere from the Merseyside giants' fans in the buildup.
10 mins to KO: "Abide with Me" is being sung, the Liverpool fans are drowning it out with their chants, the Chelsea flags are waving... we're nearly there now!
15 mins to KO: In the programme here at Wembley, American superstar Christian Pulisic - who scored in the 2020 FA Cup final loss to Arsenal - spoke of the importance of inspiring those in his homeland. Pulisic said: "I'm hoping kids back home in the US can watch people like myself growing up in America, and I'm able to come over here and play at the highest level. So that's why I always want to make a good impression and feel like I'm representing my roots."
30 mins to KO: Liverpool and Chelsea have met once before in the FA Cup final, a decade ago. Ramires and Didier Drogba ensured Chelsea were the victors that day, with Kenny Dalglish's men unable to fightback despite a second-half Andy Carroll goal.
Expect goals! ⚽️— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 UK 🇬🇧 (@sportingnewsuk) May 14, 2022
🔵 #CFC and #LFC have met 1️⃣1️⃣ times before in the #EmiratesFACup - Chelsea have won on 7️⃣ occasions, including a 2-1 victory in the 2012 final.
😮 Those fixtures have previously averaged 3.54 goals per game! #CHELIVpic.twitter.com/1MFvaNT4FG
40 mins to KO: Mateo Kovacic has made an unexpectedly speedy recovery to be back in the starting XI here today. He'll be without partner N'Golo Kante, who is only fit enough for the bench, with Jorginho starting. They'll take on a Liverpool midfield of Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Thiago, following the injury in midweek to key man Fabinho.
50 mins to KO: In addition to the Carabao Cup stalemate, there was nothing to separate the rivals in their two league games this season, either. Chelsea looked very strong in a 1-1 draw in August, until a Reece James red card and Mo Salah penalty clipped their wings. In January, the Blues produced a comeback at home to draw 2-2.
🆚 Jurgen Klopp has only lost 3️⃣ times in his 18 career meetings with Thomas Tuchel-managed sides (W10, D5, L3).— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 UK 🇬🇧 (@sportingnewsuk) May 14, 2022
🏆 This will be the two managers' first meeting in the #EmiratesFACup.#CHELIV | #LFC | #CFCpic.twitter.com/PkM4EuumnV
1 hour to KO: Chelsea's lineup is out now too - and Kai Havertz's absence from the squad entirely is the big story. Romelu Lukaku starts up top.
1 hour 10 mins to KO: The Liverpool starting XI is here, with semi-final hero Ibrahima Konate starting at centre-back in place of Joel Matip. Luis Diaz is the man joining Sadio Mane and Mo Salah in the front three.
1 hour 20 mins to KO: For Chelsea, Liverpool represents a huge step up from their previous opposition in the FA Cup this term. The Blues progressed past Chesterfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Luton Town and Middlesbrough, before taking on Premier League opposition in a semi-final win over Crystal Palace.
The Reds also faced a handful of relatively simple tasks before the mammoth Man City clash, taking on Shrewsbury Town, Cardiff City, Norwich City and Nottingham Forest.
1 hour 35 mins to KO: Liverpool, still hunting that unlikely quadruple this season, have enjoyed their previous two trips to Wembley in 2022: they beat Manchester City here 3-2 in the FA Cup semi-finals, having won the EFL Cup via a shootout against Chelsea in February.
Trent Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool's website that the win over City "felt like a home game", adding: "Obviously when you get there you understand they are the big games and you've earned it, so [it's] an outstanding place for us to be as a club."
1 hour 50 mins to KO: Liverpool prevailed on penalties in February's Carabao Cup final to take the first part of what they hope will be a historic quadruple, though last weekend's dropped points against Tottenham Hotspur have hugely dampened hopes for the Premier League dream.
Victory today would mark Jurgen Klopp's first taste of glory in the FA Cup, with the Merseyside giants last lifting the famous old trophy back in 2006. Chelsea's recent record in the FA Cup is stronger, having won it five times since their rivals' last success.
The Blues are somewhat in a state of flux following Roman Abramovich's recent sale of the club to Todd Boehly, but Thomas Tuchel has coped admirably amid the chaos. This latest showpiece against Liverpool marks Tuchel's sixth final in a year.
2 hours to KO: Welcome to The Sporting News' live coverage from Wembley, as Liverpool take on Chelsea. The Reds are looking to end a 30-year FA Cup drought in North London, with their previous two victories being the first (2001) and last (2006) finals played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, while Wembley was being rebuilt.
FA Cup final: How to watch Chelsea vs. Liverpool
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|Time||16:45 BST||11:45 ET||11:45 ET||01:45 AET|
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FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool team news
Chelsea confirmed lineup (3-4-2-1): Mendy (GK) — Rudiger, Silva, Chalobah — Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, James — Pulisic, Mount — Lukaku
Liverpool confirmed lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Robertson, Van Dijk, Konate, Alexander-Arnold — Thiago, Henderson, Keita — Diaz, Mane, Salah
FA Cup final: Chelsea vs. Liverpool betting odds
|Over 2.5 Goals||4/5||-115||-119|
|Both Teams to Score||4/6||-145||-149|
*All odds refer to 90 minutes only.