Liverpool win the FA Cup final after beating Chelsea in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout

There's something about this Liverpool team. (Yazar: Gardener)

LiverpoolThere's something about this Liverpool team. For all his qualities - the intense pressing, the defensive solidity, the stormy attacks - on occasions like this is perhaps the best sense of drama. Just like in the League Cup final at Wembley earlier this year, Jurgen Klopp's men needed penalties to beat Chelsea and take silver at the same stadium. As unlikely as the Reds will become the first English team to win all three domestic competitions and the European Cup, quadruple is still possible thanks to that FA Cup win. That's why Liverpool fans dream. As in the League Cup final, a goalless 120 minutes belied the quality of the game. Chances were created, goalposts shaken, but perhaps it was also fitting that the final was decided in the most theatrical way on the 150th anniversary of football's oldest cup competition. Liverpool's Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas was the unlikely shootout hero. Chelsea missed their second penalty (Cesar Azplicueta), Liverpool their fifth (Sadio Mane). There was déjà vu when the first 10 penalties couldn't decide the outcome and the game ended abruptly - the League Cup final ended 11-10 on penalties, with the goalkeepers having to step up. Fewer penalties were needed this time, however, as Alisson Becker saved Mason Mount's penalty, giving Kostas Tsimikas a chance to become the unlikely hero. The Greece international is not a regular starter for Liverpool but is a cool home game to spark celebrations at the Reds. Liverpool's players gobbled up tsimikas, manager Jurgen Klopp sprinted towards his men and fans lit flares to saturate the air with a hue of red. The club's anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' echoed through the stadium as Liverpool fans serenaded a team that gave them their first FA Cup win in 30 years at Wembley. That's the caliber of this Liverpool side but the celebrations will be short-lived as other challenges loom on the horizon - a Champions League final at the end of the month and two Premier League games trying to match them to overtake Manchester City's three-point lead at the top of the league. Liverpool fans can celebrate their first FA Cup triumph since 2006. Even an occasion as traditional as this – a marching band before kick-off, royalty presenting the trophy – is a tribute to world affairs. First Liverpool fans booed the English national anthem, then captains and officials stood with the Ukrainian flag emblazoned with the words 'PEACE' in black capital letters, and just before this oldest of all competitions began, the players dropped to their knees. The game was only minutes old when Liverpool got their first chance. Actually, the men in red should have scored at least once, so they dominated in the first 15 minutes, but Thiago, the outstanding Luis Diaz, Mo Salah and Mane failed in front of goal. Although Chelsea played second fiddle for most of the first half, the Londoners arguably had the best chances of that period as only a world-class save from Liverpool's Alisson - a swoop at the feet of Marcos Alonso - prevented them from going on. The early injury absence of Salah, Liverpool's top scorer this season, added to Liverpool's mounting anxiety as the half progressed, but even without the Egyptian, the Reds were able to reassert their dominance before the break. Indeed, Salah's replacement, Diogo Jota, should have put Klopp's men ahead just before the break. Mo Salah was a huge mistake for Liverpool as he limped off injured. Just like Liverpool in the first half, Chelsea started the second brilliantly. Again Alonso was prevented from making the scorers list, this time off the crossbar when his menacing free-kick hit the woodwork. Two of the best teams in English football met and there were plenty of chances: Jota, Diaz and Andy Robertson for Liverpool; Christian Pulisic (twice) for Chelsea. Diaz looked to the skies as the impressive Edouard Mendy prevented another of his chances, this time in the 82nd minute, and his gesture reflected everyone's sentiments: will either goalkeeper ever be beaten? Robertson hit the post with seven minutes remaining before Diaz aimed again. But when the final whistle sounded, the match – despite all the chances, despite all the entertainment – ​​remained goalless. Inevitably, the energy waned in extra time and few chances were created as penalties loomed on the horizon. Once again, Chelsea, still under British government sanctions, suffered the most gruesome defeat, becoming the first team to lose three consecutive FA Cup finals. "We are sad but also proud that we left everything on the field," said coach Thomas Tuchel after the game.


Klopp's science and rigor pave the way for Liverpool to win a game by inches

The FA Cup was decided by a post but Chelsea were beaten by a side that ensure tiny margins make all the difference (Yazar: Gardener)

KloppImagine for a moment that you are the goal frame at the east end of Wembley. Last summer you watched Marcus Rashford take a straight run-up, stutter and then, as Gianluigi Donnarumma fell on your left, drag his penalty on your right at the height of that sulphurous July night. You like the young man, his obvious decency, his stance on various social issues - and you're an English goalie, after all. If he'd hit it just three inches more central you probably could have helped him and if you had England would probably have been European champions and Rashford might not have had such a miserable season; Manchester United may not feel like such a faded force that is desperate to be restored. On Saturday, a César Azpilicueta penalty grazed the outside of your left post and missed and immediately Thiago Alcântara's shot hit the inside of your right post and went in Édouard Mendy's save against Sadio Mané - the great psychodrama between international team-mates this year won two crucial penalties against Egypt, who Jurgen Klopp conceded he had complicated it unnecessarily by telling Mané not to carry on with his usual approach – would have won the final Chelsea. What a sense this gate frame must have for the arbitrariness of human destiny, how life can stagger on the razor's edge before it takes a decisive leap in one direction or the other. If Chelsea had won, we would now be speaking of a spirit born out of adversity - albeit an adversity characteristic of football's age of high decadence, the crisis of oligarchic funding brought on by the invasion of a sovereign state on the ends on the other side of the continent, finally convincing people that happily munching money from this highly cantankerous associate of a brutal authoritarian leader might not be hip. Another poor performance from Romelu Lukaku and the odd, conspicuous omission that meant a 14-minute cameo as Ruben Loftus-Cheek's emergency centre-forward could have some grumbling: How bad does he have to be on penalties to be withdrawn had to? And how bad must Ross Barkley, who Thomas Tuchel says came on for Loftus-Cheek for his penalty tally, be in open play now that he couldn't be risked for 14 minutes? Liverpool would have had a nagging feeling that this season, which could be the best of any English men's club in terms of trophies won, could end like a typical Don Revie season at Leeds in the late '60s and early '70s: fatigue-related near misses, great memories and not much in the trophy cabinet. Klopp conceded that a league win now seems unlikely and given injury doubts for Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, preparations for the Champions League final could only have been pessimistic. After playing every possible game this season, after keeping the possibility of a quad alive longer than any team before? As great as the achievement, to have come this close would have been an extreme disappointment. Liverpool were inches away from defeat - and yet the final has never been so close. Liverpool may have drawn against Chelsea four times this season but they are clearly a better team. That's partly down to Klopp, his charisma, his organizational skills and the belief he instills. But he also credited neuro11, a German neuroscience company that has been working with Liverpool for more than a year, for the penalty win: the team's record of 17 goals from 18 shootout attempts this season suggests he is right. This is the other side of Klopp. It's one of the reasons Liverpool haven't made a bad signing since Christian Benteke back in 2015. The goal frame, with its awareness of angles, may understand how contingent everything is, how dependent results can be on the fractional movement of a piece of leather. But behind all of this is great science that helps optimize those margins.


Liverpool's FA Cup win completes the double but can they shake the fatigue and win two more this season?

Liverpool were exhausted at the end of Saturday's FA Cup final but clung to victory. Now can they find the energy to keep the Quadruple alive? (Yazar: Gardener)

Liverpool's FA CupAfter a second win in the Cup final on penalties against Chelsea this season, Jurgen Klopp's side have added the FA Cup to the Carabao Cup they won at Wembley three months ago. But with Mohamed Salah limping off after just 33 minutes with a groin strain and Virgil van Dijk unable to play past the 90th minute, time will tell how much that win over Thomas Tuchel's side cost Chelsea what it didn't enviable accolade Klopp became the first team in FA Cup history to lose the final in three consecutive seasons. "We are mentality monsters, but there were also mentality monsters in blue," said Klopp. Chelsea played brilliantly but in the end there has to be a winner and that was us today : Liverpool win FA Cup, beat Chelsea on penalties - WATCH: Tsimikas converts winning penalty for Liverpool (U - Video: Liverpool's Jordan Henderson lifts the FA Cup at Wembley History tends not to remember the losers and Chelsea's renewed victory is quickly drowned out Despite winning nothing else this season, Liverpool have already achieved the domestic cup double, a feat they have last seen succeeded in 2001 and that year they also won a major European trophy by beating Spain Club Alaves wins the UEFA Cup Klopp's remarkable team are still on course to repeat that cup treble by beating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris, but by then Liverpool could set the stage for an unprecedented quadruple by edging l egen from Manchester City in the running for the Premier League title. City can move six points clear with a win at West Ham on Sunday and have two games left, but whatever the result at the London Stadium, Klopp's players will need to go to the well again on Tuesday in Southampton to win to keep their title hopes alive Life. From the crucial Kostas Tsimikas penalty that settled Saturday's Cup final 6-5 in favor of Liverpool to kick-off in Southampton, Klopp's side have just 72 hours to recover from the physical and emotional drain of that exhausting Wembley win. And that's the biggest problem Liverpool now face in their quadruple quest: do they have enough time to play, win and recover before the next challenge? At the end of extra time, Liverpool's players could barely run. They were so exhausted by the demands of facing the outgoing European champions that the penalties actually offered a form of physical relief. Luis Diaz, who scored six shots on goal in a sensational display down the left, was replaced by Roberto Firmino seven minutes after extra time because his energy tank was empty, while left-back Andy Robertson was replaced by Tsimikas in the 110th minute. If Liverpool meet Real in Paris, Diaz and Robertson will be two of the first names on Klopp's squad list, so their withdrawal at Wembley was significant in that it suggested their manager was careful not to push them too far and risk that they are hurt. That fate has already befallen Fabinho, who missed that game with a thigh strain in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa in midweek, but Klopp is confident the Brazilian midfielder will be fit against Real. However, there will be concerns about Salah and Van Dijk. Both are vital to Liverpool's side – arguably the most important players alongside goalkeeper Alisson Becker – so it would be a blast to be in Paris without them. But they could also be needed at Southampton and, if Liverpool win that game, at home against Wolves in next Sunday's final of the season.- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (US only) Get instant accessKlopp is a sensible manager, and he won't risk his best players unless the stakes are so high that he just has to do it, but Liverpool are at that stage now where every game is huge. They are all must-win games but players can only push their physical and mental limits so far and the situation with Fabinho, Salah and Van Dijk is proof of that. "I think Virgil is fine but his muscle was injured," said Klopp, to downplay concerns about his centre-back. Even if they all get to be phased out at Southampton on Tuesday, their muscles and minds are feeling the heat so everything is now a risk for them is Klopp.


Liverpool's quest for history continues with another Cagey Cup final victory

This time in the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp's side have done just enough to prevail on penalties and live up to wild dreams of a quadruple. (Yazar: Gardener)

LiverpoolThis time in the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp's side have done just enough to prevail on penalties and live up to wild dreams of a quadruple. Liverpool and Chelsea have met four times this season and drawn four times. However, Liverpool have prevailed on penalties in each of the two cup finals. This wasn't quite the 22-shot marathon of February's League Cup final, but it did take 14 shots to separate the teams. Liverpool GK Alisson finally made a save from Chelsea's Mason Mount before unlikely left-back Kostas Tsimikas won the FA Cup for Liverpool. 150 years after the inaugural FA Cup Final, this was a day of history: the first 0-0 draw in an FA Cup Final at Wembley (although fifth overall) and the first penalty shoot-out at Wembley FA Cup final (although third overall). It was also Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's first FA Cup triumph; Having lifted both domestic trophies this season, he has begun to answer the argument that for all of Liverpool's obvious brilliance, he hasn't really won much silver there. That's four major trophies now, with the possibility of two more coming this season. And that is perhaps the true meaning of Liverpool's victory. When Edouard saved Mendy from his Senegalese teammate Sadio Mané to lead the shootout to sudden death, the sense of danger was clear. Never before has a side reached this stage of the season where hopes of a quadruple (Champions League, Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup) are still alive, but given that Manchester City are clear favorites for the Premier League is, there's a chance Liverpool will end the season with only the less prestigious of England's two domestic cup trophies seemed very real and that brings its own pressure. Mohamed Salah had to be substituted in the first half with a groin injury and Virgil van Dijk had to make way at the end of regulation time. The suitability of both for the remaining two games of the league season and also for the Champions League final against Real Madrid in two weeks must be doubted. It was the end of an era for Chelsea. Roman Abramovich's tenure as owner won't end with a trophy in his last season and all that's left to play for is ensuring he qualifies for Champions League football next season under the consortium led by Todd Boehly . With Kai Havertz injured, Romelu Lukaku was in the starting XI but had little impact on the game and Timo Werner was sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained during warm-up. Yet Chelsea were not far from winning that. The two teams delivered four hours of goalless football at Wembley this season, which was mostly captivating but with a distinct sense of two managers who know each other extremely well canceling each other out (although there were 58 shots). Those opening minutes were reminiscent of the semi-final where Liverpool knocked out Manchester City at half-time. As always, attacking midfielder Mason Mount appeared to be the most likely to break through, striker Christian Pulisic twice missed good chances, while left-back Marcos Alonso found space alongside a free-kick from a tight angle behind Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold. When the game started, Liverpool looked fitter. A minute later Andy Robertson slammed a shot against the left post but Chelsea held on in extra time and at the time it all felt oddly dated. The tiredness and fear were evident, less because of Wembley's famous Cumberland turf than because these two teams have played a great deal of football this season, with Chelsea winning the Club World Cup and Liverpool reaching the Champions League final. Liverpool briefly appeared in danger of having the kind of season that characterized Leeds under Don Revie: going deep in every competition, exhausting and winning very little. Two trophies are now in the bag this season, two more are still possible. Liverpool need a favor from West Ham against Manchester City on Sunday, but even if the league eludes the Reds, Paris could offer a glorious treble in trophies by the end of the month.


Lionel Messi's close PSG team-mate joins Serie A on a free transfer

It wasn't a good season for Juventus. La Vecchia Signora didn't win a title, which hadn't happened since the 2010-2011 season. Giorgio Chiellini will leave Juventus after 17 years and his new target will likely be MLS, confirmed first-team coach Massimiliano Allegri:... (Yazar: Gardener)

Lionel Messi'sIt wasn't a good season for Juventus. La Vecchia Signora didn't win a title, which hadn't happened since the 2010-2011 season. Giorgio Chiellini is set to leave Juventus after 17 years, his new target likely to be MLS, First-team coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed: "Chiellini will probably try a new experience in MLS - or he'll retire, it's up to you him.” The 37-year-old defender said he is leaving the club to make way for younger players. Paulo Dybala (28) will also leave the club due to the restructuring of the squad. At the age of 29 or 30 he has to take the last step," assured Andrea Agnelli. However, for next season Juventus plan to strengthen their squad with new players and it seems club officials would be ready to sign a 34-year-old player. In 2015, Angel Di Maria joined PSG from Manchester United for €63,000,000. The Argentine played seven seasons for the Parisian club, winning 19 titles, making 294 appearances, scoring 92 goals and becoming the all-time leading assist provider in the institution's history with 118 assists. However, since Lionel Messi's arrival at PSG, the 34-year-old hasn't been as heavily involved in the first-team. Moreover, Di Maria's contract at PSG expires in June 2022 and club officials haven't mentioned an extension. "I don't know if PSG want to renew my contract. Next season is the World Cup and this is my last chance to win it. I want to be ready," said Di Maria. Juventus could offer the 34-year-old a contract between one and two years. The player's wish is a one-season contract worth 8 million euros per year plus a bonus. Quite a tall order for Juventus, according to Turin daily La Stampa. Furthermore, according to Marca, Di Maria is the eighth highest paid player at PSG, earning €11,400,000 a year. Juventus and Allegri are convinced they want Di Maria in their squad next season. The rumors got even bigger after the PSG player liked a post from Juventus showcasing the new kit for the 2022-2023 season.


PSG wear numbered rainbow jerseys to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia

Ligue 1: PSG wear numbered rainbow jerseys to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia - The International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed on May 17th. (Yazar: Gardener)

International Day Against HomophobiaParis Saint-Germain (PSG) wore special rainbow numbers on their shirts for Saturday's game against Montpellier as the club and all of French football support the International Day Against Homophobia. Saturday marked the second year in a row that French clubs, including PSG, expressed their support for the International Day Against Homophobia. #MHSCPSG - Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 14, 2022 In early May 2021, every team in Ligue 1 and 2 had worn rainbow numbers, part of the LFP's 'Gay or Straight' campaign 'We all wear the same jersey.” “On World Day against Homophobia, our jerseys will feature the rainbow flag, a symbol of peace and diversity in the LGBT movement,” PSG declared on their official Twitter account ahead of the game, following the 3-1 win on They showed their strengths against Nice on Saturday and shared pictures of them on their Twitter account.While we were talking about the game against PSG, it was their penultimate game of the season in which they won comfortably 4-0. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed on May 17th. The aim is to raise awareness of LGBT rights violations worldwide. Celebrated in more than 130 countries, the day helps unite millions of people to respect the human rights of all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


Masters PSG held on to the draw as they gave up their two-goal lead

Champions Paris St Germain lost a two-goal lead by beating Troyes 2-2 in their second straight Ligue 1 game at the Parc des Princes on Sunday. (Yazar: Gardener)

twoPARIS, May 8 (Reuters) - Champions Paris St Germain gave up a two-goal advantage for the second straight day in Sunday's 2-2 win over Troyes at the Parc des Princes. Just like last weekend at Racing Strasbourg, the Parisian giants looked set to drive to victory but then let their opponents back in and shared the spoils. It was the third straight draw for PSG, who clinched the Ligue 1 title two weeks ago, and a valuable point for Troyes, who are now six points clear of the relegation zone and have two games remaining this season. PSG opened the scoring after six minutes when Angel Di Maria's cross was met by a stretching Marquinhos, who extended his leg to easily deflect the ball past Troyes goalkeeper Jessy Moulin. Kylian Mbappe was brought down in the opponent's box to allow Neymar to double the goal with a penalty in the 25th minute, but the lead was reduced five minutes later when Nuno Mendes' faulty pass back into the heart of PSG's defense for Troyes' London fell. Born striker Ike Ugbo who wasted no time in smashing a powerful shot home. PSG were pushing for victory when Neymar had to fend off an attempt by VAR after it was discovered Mbappe had repelled a defender under construction and Marquinhos was inches from a second goal when he missed a header in the 84th minute . Olympique de Marseille moved into second place with a 3-0 win in Lorient on Sunday.


Lionel Messi's father claims Barcelona return after nightmare season at PSG

Lionel Messi has been regularly linked with a return to Barcelona during his troubled debut season at Paris Saint-Germain, where he was even booed by his own fans (Yazar: Gardener)

BarcelonaLionel Messi has been regularly linked with a return to Barcelona during his troubled debut season at Paris Saint-Germain, where he was even booed by his own fans. Lionel Messi's father has said he 'hopes' his son will return to Barcelona 'one day' - just nine months after leaving the Spanish giants to join Paris Saint-Germain Messi hasn't developed since sensationally joining PSG on a free transfer last summer after failing to sign a new contract at Barca.The 34-year-old has a respectable 11 goals and 13 assists for the French club but those numbers pale in comparison to those he has scored in previous seasons.Messi has also at times met with hostility from his own fans, with PSG supporters booing and taunting him and certain team-mates following the humiliating Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in March, throughout the season There have also been reports that the Argentine captain is unhappy in Paris as his family has had trouble adjusting to life in France adjust capital. All of this has fueled speculation that Messi's time at PSG could be short-lived even though his contract has one year left plus an option to extend it until 2024. A return to Barcelona has also been touted as Messi has made no secret of his affection for the club, where he rose through the ranks before establishing himself as one of the greatest players of all time. The player's father Jorge was questioned by Jijantes FC's Twitch account about his son putting the Barca shirt back on and left the door open by replying: "I hope it [happens] one day." Barcelona President Joan Laporta has also spoken about the prospect of Messi returning to Barcelona - but only as a guest to visit Camp Nou when it has been remodeled. "My communication with Messi is no longer fluent, but I would love to have Leo here with us at the inauguration of the new stadium," Laporta told Catalan broadcaster RAC 1 earlier this year. We did [last summer], what we had to do." Laporta added: "I haven't received any message from Messi or his agents about the possibility of a return to Barcelona. Messi was in the double when PSG beat Montpellier 4-0 in the penultimate game of the season, having already won the Ligue 1 title. The champions meet Metz in their last game of the season.


Italian giants on pole as Angel di Maria looks to leave PSG

The Argentinian winger has spent the last seven years at Paris Saint-Germain and found great success there. Before that, he spent a troubled year at Manchester United shortly after leaving Real Madrid. (Yazar: Gardener)

ItalianFormer Real Madrid player Angel di Maria seems to be moving. The Argentinian winger has spent the last seven years at Paris Saint-Germain and found great success there. Before that, he spent a troubled year at Manchester United shortly after leaving Real Madrid. That was the summer after Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League under current coach Carlo Ancelotti. Although there is Italian involvement in his next move, Ancelotti isn't aiming for a reunion with di Maria. He is unlikely to sign a long-term contract at the age of 34 but Juventus could offer him an option to play top-flight football and even play starting minutes.


The compilation of Lionel Messi's impressive performance against Montpellier shows what PSG have been missing this season

Messi scored twice in PSG's 4-0 win over Montpellier on Saturday. (Yazar: Gardener)

MontpellierMessi, 34, scored his first league brace for PSG as the French champions had a comfortable winner in their penultimate game of the Ligue 1 season. At the start of the game, Messi had only scored four goals in 24 league games this season - a huge disappointment given the superb form he had displayed during his time at Barcelona. Lacking confidence throughout the season, Messi finally threw off the shackles against Montpellier with a performance that will already have PSG fans looking forward to next season. It was the sort of composed conclusion Messi produced so regularly during his time at the Nou camp but has largely evaded him since his move to France. Instead of giving Messi a chance to score his first PSG hat-trick, Mbappe stepped up to score. But despite missing a hat-trick, it was a night to remember for Messi, who arguably put in his best performance since joining PSG. PSG supporters will be a bit disappointed that Messi's performance comes so late in the season. But he has another chance to impress when PSG take on Metz in the last game of the league season at the Parc des Princes on Saturday. PSG will then go on summer break before kicking off the new season on July 31 with the Trophée des Champions game against Nantes.