LIVERPOOL and Chelsea are going head-to-head for the Uefa Super Cup – and it’s been a cracker. Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea a deserved lead only for Sadio Mane to net moments into the second half, taking the game to extra-time where the scoring continued to send the game to penalties.
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Adrian, who conceded a penalty in extra time for a foul on Tammy Abraham, later denied the same player from 12 yards to clinch victory on penalties in Istanbul.
Sadio Mane had put Liverpool 2-1 in front during the additional period before the former West Ham goalkeeper was adjudged to have clipped Abraham in the penalty area. The decision appeared harsh, though it was not overturned by VAR gave no clear and obvious error had been made by on-field referee Stephanie Frappart.
Adrian told BT Sport: “I tried to stop when I saw him. I touched him but he was looking for that.”
Regardless, the 32-year-old was clumsy for diving in at Abraham’s feet but made amends in the shootout when he denied the young Chelsea striker, whose decisive miss cost Frank Lampard’s men after nine perfect penalties.
The win took Liverpool’s Super Cup haul to four titles but crucially took their trophy tally past bitter rivals Manchester United.
The Reds have now won 43 titles, comprising 18 league wins, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, six Champions League titles and now four Super Cups.
United, meanwhile, have won 42 titles, though they boast more League wins than Liverpool with 20.
“Back on our f***ing perch!” Posted Liverpool fan account Empire of the Kop on Twitter.
Speaking after the game, Jurgen Klopp said: “It was a very difficult game for both teams. It was all about winning it and we did that in the end.
“Nobody in the stadium wanted extra time, it was a killer. I’m not sure about the penalty but who cares now.
“We started well then dropped off… we could talk about football but it’s too late now. We had to fight and the boys did.”