Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Uefa Super Cup 2019 – as it happened

Jacob Steinberg on 14 August 2019

Here’s Daniel Taylor’s match report.

But it’s Jordan Henderson who lifts the Super Cup for Liverpool. Another trophy for them. They’re making a habit out of it under Jurgen Klopp. That’s all from me tonight. Thanks for reading and emailing. Bye!

Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy Liverpool celebrate winning the UEFA Super Cup.
Jordan Henderson lifts the trophy Liverpool celebrate winning the UEFA Super Cup. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters


Frank Lampard looks miffed. He doesn’t like losing. Still, he probably won’t emulate Jose Mourinho, who sent Romelu Lukaku on loan to Everton after the Belgian missed the crucial penalty against Bayern Munich in the 2013 Super Cup, and banish Tammy Abraham after his miss. This was an improvement from Chelsea after their defeat to Manchester United. Lampard can feel optimistic before Sunday’s home game against Leicester.

Adrian speaks! “Welcome to Liverpool. It was a crazy week. I am happy for the team. I am happy to get a trophy. I am really happy for the fans. It was a long game but in the end it was a great finish for us. To be fair I tried to stop when I saw him. The striker is so intelligent. I touched him with the penalty but he was looking for that. I told the referee I tried to stop but it doesn’t matter. We got the title and have to enjoy tonight.”

Jordan Henderson speaks! “It’s humid. You can’t really tell on the telly. It was a tough game. Chelsea are a good side.”

Liverpool win the Super Cup on penalties!

PENALTIES: Liverpool 5-4 Chelsea*: Tammy Abraham takes a slow, nervous run-up and sends a soft penalty down the middle. Adrian saves with a trailing leg and Liverpool’s players rush to mob their new goalkeeper!

Liverpool celebrate as Adrian saves Abraham’s penalty.
Liverpool celebrate as Adrian saves Abraham’s penalty. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Dejection for Abraham and Chelsea.
Dejection for Abraham and Chelsea. Photograph: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images


PENALTIES: Liverpool* 5-4 Chelsea: Salah sends Kepa the wrong way. Abraham has to score to keep Chelsea alive.


PENALTIES: Liverpool 4-4 Chelsea*: Emerson drills his effort down the middle and is grateful to see Adrian dive out the way.


PENALTIES: Liverpool* 4-3 Chelsea: Kepa gets his hand to another penalty - and again he can’t keep out Alexander-Arnold’s low effort.


PENALTIES: Liverpool 3-3 Chelsea*: Mount smashes it high into the right corner.


PENALTIES: Liverpool* 3-2 Chelsea: Origi’s tame penalty somehow squirms through Kepa’s hands.


PENALTIES: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea*: Barkley smashes it high into the left corner.


PENALTIES: Liverpool* 2-1 Chelsea: Fabinho, who had cramp, steps up and buries his penalty into the bottom left corner.


PENALTIES: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea*: Jorginho does his penalty again.


PENALTIES: Liverpool* 1-0 Chelsea: Firmino sends Kepa the wrong way.


Full-time: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

We will have penalties.

ET 29 min: Fabinho has cramp.

ET 28 min: Adrian repels another long-ranger from Mount. Abraham is offside from the rebound. Mount’s done well since coming on.

ET 23 min: Mount stings Adrian’s palms from the edge of the area after being teed up by Abraham. Then Pedro slides a shot inches wide from 20 yards.

Pedro goes close.
Pedro goes close. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo/UEFA via Getty Images


ET 21 min: BT Sport’s Darren Fletcher wants you to know that it’s past midnight in Istanbul.

ET 18 min: Penalties please.

ET 16 min: Chelsea get us underway again. And another look at that penalty would suggest that Abraham made the most of very little contact. Many people will be asking why VAR didn’t change the decison.

Half-time in extra-time: Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea

There’s still no separating them.

ET 14 min: What a miss from Tammy Abraham! Barkley slices Liverpool open, Pedro pulls the ball back and Abraham slashes wide from six yards out!

Abraham slashes it wide.
Abraham slashes it wide. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters


ET 13 min: Divock Origi replaces Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s two-goal forward.

ET 11 min: Ross Barkley replaces Mateo Kovacic. By the way that foul was so Adrian. He was capable of some extremely hare-brained decisions at West Ham.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea (Jorginho pen, 101 min)

Oh, that is sublime. Jorginho takes a casual run-up, sits Adrian down and rolls the ball into the left corner. Classic Jorginho. Chelsea are level.

Jorginho scores from the penalty spot.
Jorginho scores from the penalty spot. Photograph: Kieran McManus/BPI/Shutterstock
Jorginho celebrates scoring the second equaliser.
Jorginho celebrates scoring the second equaliser. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters



ET 9 min: Pedro forces a ball into the middle from the right, Abraham refuses to give it up and he knocks it past Adrian, who sends him sprawling with a rash and needless challenge! VAR checks it, but the decision stands.

ET 8 min: Chelsea look to hit back, Abraham bustling behind the Liverpool defence, but Van Dijk leans into the striker and makes sure he can’t push the ball past Adrian, who makes the save.

Played onside by Kurt Zouma, Roberto Firmino breaks clear down the left. He waits for support, bides his time, picks the right moment and cuts the ball back to Sadio Mane, who opens up his body and sidefoots a brilliant rising finish past Kepa for his second of the night.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea (Mane, 95 min)

This is a lovely goal.

Mane celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal.
Mane celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters


ET 2 min: Joe “Roberto Carlos” Gomez charges forward from left-back, cuts inside and sees a deflected shot saved by Kepa.

ET 1 min: Liverpool get extra-time underway. They’ve brought on Trent Alexander-Arnold for Andy Robertson. Joe Gomez is at left-back now.

Full-time: Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

There will be extra-time.

90 min+1: There will be two added minutes.

90 min: A late corner for Chelsea. Mount swings it in and Zouma charges in to bounce a header over from close range.

88 min: Neither of these sides look ecstatic at the prospect of extra-time.

85 min: Henderson’s booked for fouling Emerson.

Referee Stephanie Frappert shows Henderson a yellow card.
Referee Stephanie Frappert shows Henderson a yellow card. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


84 min: Fikayo Tomori replaces Andreas Christensen.

83 min: Mason Mount spanks a low shot past Adrian and into the far corner, but he’s denied by a late offside flag. Chelsea have had two goals disallowed now.


82 min: Kante scoots down the right and picks out Pedro, but the winger’s shot is blocked by Van Dijk. Moments later Abraham breaks behind the Liverpool defence, but Gomez clears his cross.

81 min: Salah’s free-kick is deflected over. The corner comes to nothing.

79 min: Azpilicueta concedes a free-kick 25 yards from goal after bumping Mane over. The right-back’s booked.

75 min: A Liverpool corner on the right. It’s sent in low by Henderson and reaches Matip. He tees up Salah, who aims for the bottom left corner and smashes a low shot through the crowd. It takes a deflection but Kepa springs down to push it out. The rebound comes out to Van Dijk, who looks certain to score. He lifts it goalwards - but Kepa somehow jumps up and pushes it on to the bar! What a save! Somehow Chelsea survive. Just call Kepa Jim Montgomery.

Van Dijk has a shot on goal saved by Kepa.
Van Dijk has a shot on goal saved by Kepa. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA


74 min: Chelsea remove Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic and bring on Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.

70 min: Both teams have run out of a little steam.

68 min: A lull.

64 min: Pedro scampers down the right and clips a ball back to Pulisic, whose effort is deflected over by Gomez.

Pulisic shoots, but it’s deflected over.
Pulisic shoots, but it’s deflected over. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA


64 min: Gini Wijnaldum replaces James Milner.

62 min: Pulisic skips inside from the left and tries to spring Pedro clear. Van Dijk deflects it behind for a corner.

59 min: “Strange isn’t it, almost as though playing your best players helps you play better,” Callum Macauley says. “Milner for Wijnaldum and Liverpool could put this to bed.”

58 min: This is a different game now. Chelsea can’t get out of their half.

55 min: “Yes, David Wall,” Matt Dony says. “Mourinho is always right. Luke Shaw has been completely invisible tonight. Absolute waste of space. Also, Firmino is playing like he was offended by being left out of the starting XI.”

54 min: Chelsea haven’t got a clue how to handle Firmino. He picks the ball up deep, turns, runs at a retreating defence and almost carves them open with the help of Salah.

Firmino in action as he sets up the goal for Mane.
Firmino in action as he sets up the goal for Mane. Photograph: AP


51 min: Firmino is tormenting Chelsea’s centre-backs, who allow the Brazilian too much space to turn and send Mane away down the left. Mane’s ball across finds Henderson, whose deflected side-footer momentarily looks to be sneaking over Kepa, who adjusts well on his knees to spring up and make the save.

50 min: Chelsea respond, Emerson skipping through on the left and staying on his feet after a lunge from Gomez. He waits a little too long after reaching the byline and in the end his cutback hits Giroud and goes behind.

49 min: Firmino is making a huge difference for Liverpool. He holds the ball on the edge of the area, then lays it off to Fabinho, who fires wide.

An instant impact from Roberto Firmino. Played onside by Azpilicueta, he reacts quickest when Fabinho lobs a ball over the top of the Chelsea defence and gets there before Kepa. He knocks it round the Chelsea goalkeeper, but his shot doesn’t have enough pace on it and it’s Mane who finishes it off, bundling the ball over the line from a few yards. There’s a quick VAR check but the goal stands and Liverpool are level.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (Mane, 48 min)

That didn’t take long.

Mane scores the equaliser.
Mane scores the equaliser. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images


47 min: “Given that Lampard has largely gone with more experienced players tonight than at Old Trafford is that a concession that Mourinho might have had a point?” David Wall wonders.

46 min: Chelsea get the second half underway. Liverpool have made a change, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with the superb Roberto Firmino.

Half-time: Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea lead thanks to Olivier Giroud’s goal. They’ve been impressive. Liverpool have been unimpressive.

42 min: Jorginho sends a volley out for a throw. That was useless. Not as useless as Liverpool, though. They’ve missed Firmino’s intelligence up front.

Goal disallowed by VAR!

41 min: Pulisic was offside - but it was a very tidy finish from the American, who cut inside from the left and drilled a low shot inside Adrian’s near post from 18 yards.

VAR check!

40 min: Pulisic has the ball in the Liverpool net, but the flag’s up for offside. They’re checking it.

N’Golo Kante takes charge in the centre again, driving past Fabinho and holding off Mane before finding Christian Pulisic. This time the American has the composure to lift his head, pick a pass and slip the ball through to Giroud, who uses his left foot to slip a low finish under Adrian! Chelsea have a deserved lead.

GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea (Giroud, 36 min)

This is a lovely goal.

Giroud scores the opener for Chelsea.
Giroud scores the opener for Chelsea. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA


32 min: Jorginho’s name is misspelled on his shirt. It says Jorghino! Oh, we have some fun. Back to the action. Pedro threads a lovely ball through to Kovacic, who tries to skip round Adrian, but the Liverpool goalkeeper’s having none of it.

Jorginho in action with Milner.
Jorginho in action with Milner. Photograph: Ozan Köse/AFP/Getty Images


30 min: Another corner to Liverpool, this time on the right. Milner takes it again and his cross finds Mane in acres of space. But he can’t steer his header past Kepa.

29 min: A corner to Liverpool on the left. Milner swings it and Kepa vacates his line and gets nowhere near the cross. He’s lucky Van Dijk heads over.

27 min: The irrepressible Kante nips in to win possession again, this time inside Liverpool’s half. He finds Pedro, who moves it on to Pulisic, in space on the left. He goes on the outside and looks short of conviction as he slashes a cross across the face of goal. Giroud and Pedro look at him quizzically.

24 min: Chelsea are growing in confidence. So much so that Giroud tries an overhead kick from 15 yards. He shins it wide. Full marks for pluck, though.

22 min: Pedro hits the bar! He plays a great one-two with Giroud, slips into the left of the Liverpool area and decides to have a pop from a tight angle. His shot beats Adrian but bounces off the bar and away to safety.

Pedro’s shot hits the bar.
Pedro’s shot hits the bar. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images


21 min: Kovacic slides a brilliant ball through to Pedro, but who’s there to mop up for Liverpool? Andy Robertson. There’s no getting round him.

17 min: Liverpool get themselves into a bit of a tangle at the back and the ball ricochets away to the right for Pedro. His cross is punched out into the middle by a diving Adrian, who’s grateful to see the ball reach a team-mate.

16 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain does well to hold off Kante on the left, look up and lift a ball over the top for Salah, who scoots away from Emerson and attempts to poke the ball past Kepa with the outside of his left foot. But the Chelsea goalkeeper pushes the ball clear and his side embark on another counter. Pedro sends Giroud away, but he doesn’t have the pace to get away and slashes a shot wide from 18 yards.

Kepa saves the shot from Salah.
Kepa saves the shot from Salah. Photograph: Alex Caparros/UEFA via Getty Images


14 min: There is a pitch invader. He is quickly dealt with.

13 min: Henderson sets off on another buccaneering run down the right and whips a magnificent cross into the middle. It looks like it’s going to make it to Mane, only for Christensen to save Chelsea with a last-ditch diving header. Mane heads over from the resulting corner.

11 min: Pedro cuts inside from the right and has a dig from 20 yards. Adrian watches it go wide of the far post.

Pedro has a pop from 20 yards.
Pedro has a pop from 20 yards. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters


10 min: A poor clearance from Kepa sets Liverpool on the attack, but Salah’s shot is blocked on the edge of the area.

9 min: A loose ball breaks to Fabinho on the left of the Chelsea area, but the Brazilian slams a shot straight into Kepa’s gloves.

7 min: The first indication of what Kante brings to Chelsea comes when he easily stops Milner 25 yards from goal, then bursts away with the ball and starts an attack. How they missed him on Sunday.

5 min: Henderson charges down the right and sends in a cross that Mane meets with an acrobatic overhead kick. It hits Christensen on the arms and deflects wide for a corner. There’s no suggestion of VAR getting involved.

Mane shoots.
Mane shoots. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters


4 min: Giroud tries to spring Pedro clear down the right, but Van Dijk blocks the pass with his arm. Illegally. Stephanie Frappart penalises the defender and ignores Azpilicueta’s appeals for a yellow card. Moments later Pulisic threatens in Liverpool’s area, but Matip’s too strong for the American.

2 min: Sadio Mane has started in a central role for Liverpool, with Mo Salah on the right of the front three and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left.

Peep! They’re off. Liverpool, all in red, get the game underway, kicking from left to right in the first half. Chelsea are in blue and the pitch doesn’t look great.

Here come the teams! Liverpool won the Super Cup in 1977, 2001 and 2005. Chelsea won it in 1998, beating Real Madrid thanks to a late goal from Gus Poyet.

Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill, referee Stephanie Frappart and assistant referee Manuela Nicolosi with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Joe Gomez before kick-off.
Assistant referee Michelle O’Neill, referee Stephanie Frappart and assistant referee Manuela Nicolosi with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Joe Gomez before kick-off. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters


Pre-match emails

“It’s a quaint concept this “needing time,” but like that old zinger “the social contract” I wonder if Chelsea fans have now changed with the culture and would accept that if this does not work in the next couple of weeks then the trapdoor into the waiting taxi is fine by them,” Ian Copestake says.

“Besiktas Park?” Peter Oh says. “Isn’t that where Loris Karius was loaned to? He’s probably in the stadium, right? Well, nothing against Adrián, but couldn’t Kloppo slap some gloves on the much-maligned German keeper, nudge him onto the field and thereby give him a shot at European cup final redemption?”

Frank Lampard speaks! “I wasn’t here last year, winning the Europa League, they fought for this. We want to win it. The lads are ready. The players who got us here last year deserve a crack.”

Jurgen Klopp speaks! “You have to consider all the different circumstances. Maybe we have to go a little longer. It all has to be involved.”

Liverpool make a few changes to the side that beat Norwich last Friday. In come Joe Gomez, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane, replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gini Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi. Meanwhile former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is in for the injured Alisson, while Naby Keita is out with a thigh strain.

Chelsea have a more experienced and conservative look to them than they did against Manchester United. In comes N’Golo Kante as part of a midfield three, Christian Pulisic makes his first start and Olivier Giroud is up front. The players who drop out are the youthful Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and Tammy Abraham.

You’ll also notice that the referee is Stephanie Frappert, who’s making history by becoming the first woman to officiate a major men’s European match. She refereed the women’s World Cup final in July and has taken charge of Ligue 1 matches since April.


Team news

Liverpool: Adrian; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Milner; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Pulisic.

Referee: Stephanie Frappart (France)



Hello. The news cycle has a habit of moving at dizzying speed in football. Three days after being crushed by Manchester United, Frank Lampard is in Istanbul and has a chance of winning a European trophy in his second match as Chelsea’s new manager. Take that, Jose! In your shiny studio. On that sofa. Doing your punditry up there. It’s Lampard in the dugout now and though he’s faced criticism since Sunday’s defeat it is possible to see what he’s trying to do at a club labouring under a transfer embargo and wounded from the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. If the youngsters develop then Chelsea could have quite the side on their hands in time.

The problem with that theory, though, is that this is a club that doesn’t have the strongest history in the patience department - and another complication is that the competition at the top is growing ever fiercer. Time was when Chelsea sat at the top of the tree in England, competing for titles and largely able to sign whoever they wanted. But this evening they face opponents who are much further along in their development, which feels a strange thing to say given that Chelsea won the league two years ago and Liverpool ... well, we know when Liverpool last won the league.

Twenty-nine years ago! But that wait doesn’t sting quite so much at the moment. Not after they ran Manchester City so close last season and went to Madrid to collect their sixth European campaign. They’re clearly moving in the right direction under Jurgen Klopp, even though they had a quiet summer in the market, and are bound to challenge for major honours again. Chelsea, on the other hand, are in a transitional period. Lampard needs time, no matter what happens here, in the first ever Super Cup between two English sides.

Kick-off: 8pm BST.

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