Mendy’s heroes help Liverpool flourish… before replacement Kepa Arrizabalaga endures a nightmare shootout

CHELSEA was heartbroken after their 11-10 penalty shootout loss to Liverpool in this season’s League Cup final.

You’ll never walk alone bursting from Wembley’s state-of-the-art sound system after its inhabitants witness 120 minutes of vibrant football – culminating in The most dramatic of the penalty shootout.

Kepa Arrizabalaga's free kick goes over the bar


Kepa Arrizabalaga’s free kick goes over the barCredit: AFP

Both teams thought they had created goals, but were repeatedly denied by the offside flag.

Thomas Tuchel gamble with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s impressive penalty record, sending the Spaniard into the 119th minute of this final clash.

But it countered in the most spectacular way, as he failed to save any of Liverpool’s 11 penalties – before slamming the ball over the bar himself to give the Reds victory.

SunSport’s Etienne Fermie ranks each Chelsea performer of the day.


Created an incredible double in half an hour, denying Naby Keita’s control effort and Sadio Mane’s close counter-attack.

Championship star Afcon flashed in to save Mane in the 51st minute – seemingly inadvertently fouled in the process.

Mendy was lucky to get out of the wrong clearance, with Thiago Silva eventually coming back for the release, but then recovered well to deny Luis Diaz not once but twice. Undoubtedly, Chelsea’s No1 then saved Virgil van Dijk’s header in stoppage time.


Edouard Mendy completes a stunning double in the first half


Edouard Mendy completes a stunning double in the first halfCredit: AFP


Lucky to be saved by his teammates in the 12th minute after being headed by Sadio Mane very easily. Once again, the Senegal star was eliminated just a few minutes later, although Antonio Rudiger was there in time to rescue.

Keeps fighting despite his tough duties, and has a very painful warm-up to the upper thigh 50-50 with Naby Keita. The young defender has done his duty impressively.

Scored brilliantly from 12 yards as Chelsea’s tenth penalty taker.


The stretcher-bearers had to be on guard at 13 minutes after a shoulder problem appeared, but managed to avoid the pain.

Brazil then made a brilliant comeback to clear Mo Salah’s chip after it beat Mendy.

Silva often secured and converted from position in the penalty shootout.

Thiago Silva survives early trauma scare


Thiago Silva survives early trauma scareCredit: AFP


Almost caught by Mo Salah, as Andy Robertson’s cross drifted past his shoulder, although the German was largely able to keep the Egyptians quiet in his channel.

Participated in his weekly shove bout in extra time – this time against Harvey Elliott and James Milner.

Almost allowed Salah to pass with just five minutes left with a misplaced pass, but recovered brilliantly with a final challenge. No mistake was made from the penalty spot as the penalty shootout resulted in a sudden death.


Excellent composure to knock out Christian Pulisic early on, only to have the Americans rejected by Caoimhin Kelleher. The Spaniard made a left-footed shot after 42 minutes from the edge of the box.

The Chelsea captain sometimes struggled to deal with the speed and directness of Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane, before appearing to take a hit and be replaced by Reece James.


The Frenchman was manly in the first half, and was lucky to get out without receiving a free kick after rugby beat Andy Robertson.

Midfielder Kante was Chelsea’s seventh penalty taker, but shot as far as a seasoned striker.

N'Golo Kante up close and personal with Andy Robertson


N’Golo Kante up close and personal with Andy RobertsonCredit: PA


Wound Liverpool with some tough tackles – some clean, some not – in the opening 45.

Croatia were booked late for an extremely strict challenge, stopping a counter-attack from Salah.

Fight to the edge before being replaced by Jorginho in extra time.


Drew mocked Liverpool loyalists, as did Thomas Tuchel’s exasperated wave as he sent the ball straight out into the field under little pressure.

The Spaniard’s clumsy foul on Mo Salah earned Liverpool a direct free kick – with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s then-fixed nod to Joel’s pass Matip to score.

Switch from position in the penalty shootout.


Somehow, Kai Havertz volley narrowly missed the goal.

Desperately approaching the opening goal in the 48th minute, he narrowly shot the ball into the post after being brilliantly saved by Pulisic’s cross.

Drove an attempt down Kelleher’s throat after a two with Havertz. England the star was replaced by Romelu Lukaku at the end of the game.

Mason Mount sweeps a vast golden opportunity


Mason Mount sweeps a vast golden opportunityCredit: AFP


Intoxicating elegance as he stepped back early, knitting things together for the Blues.

Was freed from his blush by a belated offside flag on 36 minutes, when he dribbled past Kelleher’s net. There should have been an assist in the 45th minute, when his cutting pass went outside the Mount.

Started the second half by whizzing past Joel Matip to the touchline before hitting a low cross over the six-yard box – just so none of his friends in blue got close.

Germany were unlucky enough to be denied a 90-minute late goal by the offside flag, before being blocked again by the line-of-war in extra time. Calmly scored his goal in the penalty shootout.

Kai Havertz surfing with the ball


Kai Havertz surfing with the ballCredit: Rex


Was denied the opening goal in the sixth minute from close range by Kelleher when he really should have scored. Could have done better being beaten at the back by Havertz late in the first half.

After a strong midweek run, Pulisic struggled to make much of an impact in the final before being replaced by Werner – although there could have been an assist if Mount converted the ball over the ball. his sophistication.

Christian Pulisic rejected by Kelleher


Christian Pulisic rejected by KelleherCredit: Rex


Reece James (for Azpilicueta, 57 years old) – 6

Chelsea fans worried when he fell in injury time, having just returned from a long absence. Scored his penalty before making the men in red jerseys.

Romelu Lukaku (for Mount, 74) – 6

Passed the ball to Werner in stoppage time, although you would never imagine Chelsea’s No11 scoring. The Belgian witnessed an instinctive attempt blocked by Kelleher. Excellent finish after sitting down by Ibrahima Konate … only to be denied by some of the tightest offside. Scored his penalty in the penalty shootout.

Timo Werner (for Pulisic, 74) – 5

Run behind with his amazing speed before focusing on Havertz to score … only for his countryman to be denied by offside. Waste of time opening overtime. Seeing his punishment revolved around only Kelleher’s grasp.

Jorginho (for Kovacic, 116) – 6

Immediately made a 50-yard conversion after coming on, before narrowly beating Lukaku with a precise pass. Generates a jump, skip and a converted spot kick.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (for Mendy, 119) – first

The Spaniard was hit for a penalty, having saved four penalties this season – but failed to save an 11 before hitting the crossbar to give Liverpool the win.

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