CHELSEA took the shine of Villarreal, Wednesday night, with 6-5 goals penalty defeat, to lift the UEFA Super Cup at Belfast, Northern Ireland, venue of the match, before an estimated 13,000 spectators that lit-up the night with admirable cheers from supporters of both sides. At 90 minutes full time, plus 4 minutes added time, both sides leveled at [1—1].
Hakim Ziyech opened scoring [27 minutes] in the first-half, and was replaced due to what looked like an injury before the first 45 minutes ended. Gerard Moreno equalised in the [73 minutes] for Villarreal, which forced the game into extra time. The 30 minutes extra-time added no goals on both sides, which pushed the match to penalty shoot-out.
Few minutes to the end of the 120 minutes [full and extra-time], Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, brought in substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for the anticipated spot-kick. He saved Villarreal’s captain Raul Albiol’s spot-kick to earn Chelsea [6-5] penalty kick victory.
Chelsea dominated the first-half with dazzling performance, before Villarreal came back into the match after the break, and gave Thomas Tuchel’s side hard fight that whittled the performance of Chelsea in the second 45 minutes and extra-time.
This is the second time Chelsea is winning the UEFA Super Cup [1998 and 2021].