Unlike the first period, Chelsea came out of the locker room with three chances in 2’30”. Alonso and Pulisic give Reds fans a cold sweat. The Spanish left-hander then fails to surprise Becker on a vicious free kick which ends up on the bar (48th). Diaz begins Liverpool’s response with two shots that flirt with the goal (52nd and 61st). The opportunities are there, but the sights are poorly set on both sides. The cumulative stats sheet only shows 4 shots on target in 20 attempts in the 75th!
Both teams want to force the decision before extra time. Liverpool are very, very close to achieving this. And twice again well. Diaz (83rd) and Andy Robertson (85th) find the amount one after the other. The Colombian wastes another match point (90th).
After two matches in the league and a League final decided on penalties, Chelsea and Liverpool have really struggled to decide this season. The minutes go by and the tension seizes the 22 actors. She sends them straight to the penalty shootout.
Cesar Azpilicueta2nd London shooter, is the first to miss. Mendy stands in front of sadio Mane to prolong the suspense. Finally, the failure of mason mount offer to Konstantinos Tsimikas another opportunity to conclude. The Greek defender does not tremble and capsizes the red people of Liverpool.
The Reds find the intoxicating scent of an FA Cup victory for the first time since 2006 and a success already snatched on penalties against West Ham.