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Carabao Cup – Liverpool champion: beat Chelsea at Wembley | Playon99 News



Klopp’s team won the Carabao Cup against their London counterparts at Wembley Stadium. The goalless draw was a lie because they constantly attacked each other, but the goalkeepers were outstanding and the cursed appearance of the VAR ruined the party.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

It was a tremendous match, back and forth, and with the necessary condiments for a final. The score, tied at zero during the 120 minutes of play, was a lie: both teams killed each other to get the joy.

The stars were undoubtedly Édouard Mendy and Caoimhin Kelleher, goalkeepers of both teams, covering absolutely everything, but if in the development it was theirs, in the penalties there is merit to the players.

Twenty-two penalties were taken. Every player on the team had to kick and all of them got it right, except Kepa. The Spanish goalkeeper was thrown on the field by his coach a minute before the penalties to take charge of the shootout, but he failed to save even one and -when Kelleher converted his- missed the final one for Liverpool’s title.

In terms of development, Chelsea looked at the better side in the first half. With pressure and recoveries, Tuchel’s men took possession of the ball and forced space.

So much so that Kelleher had work to do under the sticks. The Liverpool goalkeeper blocked a shot inside the six-yard box from Christian Pulisic.

If Kelleher showed up, the world’s best goalkeeper could not be far behind. Mendy, voted The Best by FIFA and champion with Senegal, won the individual duel against his compatriot, Sadio Mané, and denied him a goal in a unique way.

Keitá shot from distance, but Mendy pulled off a double save that is unusual for human beings. Mané had everything to convert the goal, but the Chelsea goalkeeper flew in for an incredible postcard.

The Carabao Cup final was back and forth and, when Liverpool seemed to be stronger and parked in the opponent’s area, Chelsea played the stones on every counterattack.

As the first half wore on, Mateo Kovacic drove forward, Kai Havertz laid on a good assist, and Mason Mount wasted the chance on goal. He was not even on target.

With the break in the middle and back on the field, the Blues grew bigger and understood that they could win the game if they adjusted their gear.

Mount again had the chance to open the scoring: he received an exquisite assist from Pulisic and subtly scored, but the post denied the joy for the Londoners.

The players began to lower their intensity. Their legs were getting heavy. The meters between each other were getting wider and wider and someone had to take advantage, but when the score could have opened the scoring, the controversy of the night happened.

With a set piece on a dead ball, Trent Alexander-Arnold put in a pinpoint cross for Mané, who brought the ball down for Joel Matip to score, but a VAR call alerted the referee.

In the booth, the referee ruled that Virgil van Dijk, advanced according to the VAR by a toenail, had been involved in the play for curling at an opponent. Another unusual measure in the new world of technology that will continue to happen if things are not made clear.

The same VAR booth that minutes before the goal denied a very clear expulsion for Naby Keita. The Guinean hit Trevoh Chalobah in a criminal way. Go on, go on, to make it clear that they do not favor, they are bad.

The rest of the second half was a barrage from an angry Liverpool. Luis Diaz, who had a great game, Van Dijk, Mo Salah, and the whole team tried in the box, but the figure of Mendy appeared again and the game to extra time.

The fatigue did not matter and the intensity continued at the pace of 90 minutes. Chelsea kept to the same plan and Chalobah appeared with an advance in midfield, assisted Romelu Lukaku and the Belgian scored the goal, but again the VAR.

The booth, with a diagonal camera, determined that the striker was advanced by his forearm. Another unusual measure to add to the discredit of soccer at its best. This is already indefensible.



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