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Called to be a hero and ended up as the villain of the movie. That phrase sums up the story of the Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga this Sunday in the final of the Carabao Cup against Liverpoolafter he entered the 119th minute of extra time to save the penalties and failed to stop a single shot, as well as having missed his shot from the 12 steps.
After four goals annulled, one of the best 0-0 in recent years, an extension and a penalty shootout with 22 shots, Liverpool He was the last gladiator standing at Wembley and lifted his ninth League Cup after Kepa’s failure.
The carousel of errors that was seen in the match was started by Christian Pulisic, who crashed into Kelleher completely alone after a great pass from César Azpilicueta. There the attacker missed; just the opposite in Liverpool’s response when Edouard Mendy showed why he started ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Senegalese cleared a shot from the edge of Naby Keitathe rejection was left loose, Mané arrived with everything in favor and the goalkeeper, in an effort from the ground, repelled the ball. Spectacular. One of the stops of the season.
Chelsea left Liverpool alive and they celebrated the 0-1, temporarily. In an unnecessary foul by Marcos Alonso, Klopp’s board shone. Alexander-Arnold hung it at the far post, Mané only finished off a dive, and Matip, at the opposite post, pushed the ball.
The celebration of Liverpool began and VAR appeared, which, after a few minutes of doubt, decided to cancel Virgil Van Dijk’s offside goal, who did not touch the ball, but with his movement caused the defender to chase him and not Mané. The Dutchman did not believe it.
With Salah very much missing, the ‘Red’ threat was Luis Díaz, who played a great game at Wembley and was able to crown it with a goal that Mendy took from him. The Senegalese goalkeeper withstood him one-on-one and cleared the Colombian’s shot attempt. Diaz was a catalyst for Liverpool’s momentum, coming much better down the stretch and forcing Mendy to pull off one miracle after another. The hand that took out a Van Dijk header in stoppage time was from another galaxy.
The madness was such that Chelsea almost won the final with a Romelu Lukaku shot in the 95th minute.
The Belgian had a goal disallowed in extra time and Havertz, another, to confirm that this match was predestined to go to penalties. Tuchel, in the last minute of extra time, trusted Kepa Arrizabalaga, experts in batches, and removed Mendy.
The level of the match did not drop and the first twenty-one pitches were all inside.
Kepa, who this season gave Chelsea victory in three penalty shootouts, one in the European Super Cup and two in this competition, was the villain. His penalty, number 22, went over the crossbar.
Ninth League Cup for Liverpool, which is marked as the team with the most titlesone more than Manchester City.
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