Liverpool win FA Cup after beating Chelsea in penalty shootout at Wembley

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Liverpool have won the FA Cup after beating Chelsea in a penalty shootout during the final at Wembley.

The match was locked at 0-0 after extra time, with the Reds scoring six penalties to Chelsea’s five.

Blues keeper Edouard Mendy prevented Sadio Mane from getting the winner – after Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta earlier hit the post.

Kostas Tsimikas and teammates celebrate his winning penalty
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Kostas Tsimikas and teammates celebrate his winning penalty

But Alisson Becker, in goal for the Merseysiders, denied Mason Mount before Kostas Tsimikas struck to seal the win.

Becker told the BBC it was a “proper fight” and “anything could happen”.

Regarding the penalties, he said: “I just needed to save the last one. I am so happy.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told ITV it was an “incredible game” with a “fantastic atmosphere”.

It means Liverpool’s pursuit of four trophies this season is still intact.

The Reds also won the EFL Cup Final, again against Chelsea, after a penalty shootout in February.

Liverpool made a bright start on Saturday and had good chances to score in the opening section of the game.

There was disappointment for the Reds just after the half-hour mark, however, when star striker Mohamed Salah went off injured, to be replaced by Diogo Jota.

Chelsea also spurned several big openings during the first half.

Chelsea looked re-energised as the second period got underway but failed to take advantage of their aggression, while Liverpool’s Luis Diaz saw a shot slip just past the Chelsea post.

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