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Chelsea win 6-5 on penalties

Uefa Super Cup: Chelsea defeat Villarreal on penalties in Belfast to lift trophy for second time

By Mark SterlingBBC Sport NI
Tuchel delighted by team spirit in Super Cup win

Chelsea beat Villarreal 6-5 in a penalty shootout to lift the Uefa Super Cup for a second time after a draining 120 minutes in Belfast.

Substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saved captain Raul Albiol's spot-kick at Windsor Park on a night that began superbly for the Blues with an excellent first-half performance before the Spaniards stormed back into the contest after the break.

Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring midway through the opening 45 minutes but was then forced off with what looked like a worrying shoulder injury before half-time.

The Spaniards hit the woodwork either side of the break before Gerard Moreno equalised in the 73rd minute to force extra time.

Chelsea, who look set to complete a deal to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record fee of £97.5m from Inter Milan, failed to rediscover their first-half vigour in extra time but did come close to a winner through Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

It was the first time the Super Cup was played in Northern Ireland and 13,000 spectators generated a fantastic atmosphere in the south Belfast stadium, the highest attendance at any sports event in the country since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chelsea captain joins César Azpilicueta in celebrating with Kepa after his penalty save
Chelsea captain joins César Azpilicueta in celebrating with Kepa after his penalty save

Kepa was brought off the bench by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel just a few minutes before the end of extra time and dived low to his right to save from Albiol - his second save of the shootout having also denied Aissa Mandi - and spark mass scenes of celebration among the Chelsea players and supporters.

Ziyech's goal arrived in the 27th minute when the lively Kai Havertz ran on to a ball into the left channel and delivered a precise pull-back, with Ziyech directing his shot in despite not getting a clean connection.

Villarreal's equaliser was the result of a poor clearance out of defence by Antonio Rudiger, with Gerard Moreno feeding Boulaye Dia, whose clever flick-return to the Spaniard was clinically swept past Edouard Mendy.

It was an equaliser that looked like coming after Alberto Moreno crashed a volley off the underside of the crossbar in first-half injury time and Mendy had dived superbly to tip a Gerard Moreno shot on to the post after the keeper had initially given the ball away.

Ziyech injury a concern for Chelsea after commanding start

An injured Hakim Ziyech is helped off the pitch
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said Ziyech's injury looked like a serious one

The opening 40 minutes were something of a stroll for Chelsea as they imposed themselves on Villarreal, not giving their Spanish opponents a glimmer of hope until just before the break.

The contrasting styles of captain-for-the-night N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in midfield provided a base from which to apply pressure on the Europa League winners, with Kovacic's diagonal balls to Callum Hudson-Odoi on the right particularly penetrating.

Timo Werner had their first chance in the sixth minute, having his close-range volley well saved by Sergio Asenjo, while Kante flashed just wide from 20 yards before Zouma volleyed an excellent chance over the bar.

Ziyech then clashed with Juan Foyth and went down, requiring oxygen treatment and going off the pitch with his right shoulder having to be supported amid a chaotic closing few minutes to the first half.

Tuchel's side looked flat as the second half got under way and were not helped when the inevitable host of substitutions began being made, though Villarreal deserve credit for taking advantage and giving their enthusiastic supporters something to cheer on their first Super Cup appearance.

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

with an average of 8.38

Chelsea

  1. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    8.38

  2. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga
    Average rating

    7.43

  3. Squad number7Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    7.35

  4. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    7.13

  5. Squad number14Player nameChalobah
    Average rating

    6.99

  6. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    6.67

  7. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
    Average rating

    6.53

  8. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
    Average rating

    6.41

  9. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    6.35

  10. Squad number17Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    6.33

  11. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    6.30

  12. Squad number15Player nameZouma
    Average rating

    6.24

  13. Squad number10Player namePulisic
    Average rating

    6.10

  14. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
    Average rating

    6.09

  15. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    5.99

  16. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    5.91

  17. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
    Average rating

    5.87

Villarreal

  1. Squad number7Player nameMoreno
    Average rating

    6.90

  2. Squad number18Player nameMoreno
    Average rating

    6.54

  3. Squad number12Player nameEstupiñán
    Average rating

    6.39

  4. Squad number17Player nameDani Raba
    Average rating

    6.39

  5. Squad number1Player nameAsenjo
    Average rating

    6.39

  6. Squad number23Player nameMoi Gómez
    Average rating

    6.32

  7. Squad number2Player nameMario Gaspar
    Average rating

    6.31

  8. Squad number8Player nameFoyth
    Average rating

    6.29

  9. Squad number4Player nameTorres
    Average rating

    6.24

  10. Squad number22Player nameMandi
    Average rating

    6.22

  11. Squad number6Player nameManu Morlanes
    Average rating

    6.21

  12. Squad number3Player nameAlbiol
    Average rating

    6.17

  13. Squad number16Player nameDia
    Average rating

    6.16

  14. Squad number21Player namePino
    Average rating

    6.10

  15. Squad number24Player namePedraza
    Average rating

    6.04

  16. Squad number25Player nameCapoue
    Average rating

    6.03

  17. Squad number14Player nameManu Trigueros
    Average rating

    6.03

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16MendySubstituted forArrizabalagaat 119'minutesBooked at 124mins
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15ZoumaSubstituted forChristensenat 66'minutes
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 44mins
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 82'minutes
  • 7KantéSubstituted forJorginhoat 65'minutes
  • 17Kovacic
  • 3Alonso
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forPulisicat 43'minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 11WernerSubstituted forMountat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 4Christensen
  • 5Jorginho
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 9Abraham
  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 19Mount
  • 21Chilwell
  • 24James
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 33Emerson

Villarreal

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Asenjo
  • 8Foyth
  • 3Albiol
  • 4Torres
  • 24PedrazaSubstituted forEstupiñánat 58'minutes
  • 21PinoBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMandiat 90'minutes
  • 14Trigueros MuñozSubstituted forGómez Bardonadoat 70'minutes
  • 25CapoueSubstituted forPérez Martínezat 70'minutes
  • 18MorenoSubstituted forMorlanes Ariñoat 85'minutes
  • 7Moreno
  • 16DiaSubstituted forRaba Antolínat 85'minutesBooked at 119mins

Substitutes

  • 2Pérez Martínez
  • 6Morlanes Ariño
  • 9Alcácer
  • 10Iborra
  • 12Estupiñán
  • 13Rulli
  • 15Cuenca
  • 17Raba Antolín
  • 20Peña
  • 22Mandi
  • 23Gómez Bardonado
  • 34Niño
Referee:
Sergey Karasev
Attendance:
10,435

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 1(6), Villarreal 1(5).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Chelsea 1(6), Villarreal 1(5).

  3. Post update

    Penalty saved! Raúl Albiol (Villarreal) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(6), Villarreal 1(5). Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(5), Villarreal 1(5). Juan Foyth (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(5), Villarreal 1(4). Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(4), Villarreal 1(4). Dani Raba (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  8. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(4), Villarreal 1(3). Jorginho (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(3), Villarreal 1(3). Moi Gómez (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(3), Villarreal 1(2). Mason Mount (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(2), Villarreal 1(2). Pervis Estupiñán (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  12. Booking

    Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(2), Villarreal 1(1). Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Penalty saved! Aïssa Mandi (Villarreal) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1(1), Villarreal 1(1). César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  16. Post update

    Goal! Chelsea 1, Villarreal 1(1). Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Penalty saved! Kai Havertz (Chelsea) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Chelsea 1, Villarreal 1.

  19. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Chelsea 1, Villarreal 1.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Christian Pulisic (Chelsea).

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