Chelsea lost their second game under Frank Lampard, as they were edged out 5-4 on penalties by Liverpool in their UEFA Super Cup contest in Istanbul.
Chelsea were the dominant side in the first half and deservedly went into the break with a 1-0 lead, after Olivier Giroud finished past Adrian in the 36th minute. Liverpool though, came out all guns blazing after the break and were right back in it as Sadio Mane leveled things up with a scrappy effort capitalising on the confusion in the Chelsea box.
Both teams had chances thereafter, but neither could breach the goal, taking the game into extra-time. Liverpool appeared to have clinched it when Mane got his second of the night with a sumptuous finish, but Jorginho brought Chelsea back into the game with a nerveless penalty, after Adrian was adjudged to have fouled Tammy Abraham in the box.
With the scoreline at 2-2 after 120 minutes of action, penalty shootout ensued. Both teams converted their first four spot-kicks and Mohamed Salah made it 5-4 in favour of Liverpool before the young Tammy Abraham was denied by the outstretched leg of Adrian, handing Liverpool the victory.
It was a tightly-contested encounter in Istanbul, but unfortunately, Frank Lampard and his men could not get over the line. This was the third successive time Chelsea have made it to the UEFA Super Cup and lost, having been beaten before by Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Despite the disappointment of the defeat in an agonizing manner, most Chelsea fans were upbeat and pleased with how the team performed and the way things are shaping up under Lampard.
So proud of the players tonight. Hold your heads up high 💙
— Yousaf (@Yousaf_S_1987) August 14, 2019
We win, we lose, we still blues
Thanks Frank 💙💙 pic.twitter.com/0mofHx8Zzb
— Ben İribaş Değil (@gunaydinohayou) August 14, 2019
Learn to appreciate good play. That’s the best we could do, what more were we to do?
— veritas jongwe (@LMvundura) August 14, 2019
We’ve been so good, our work rate has been solid and played some beautiful football.
Giroud for me needs to start and be our main ST going forward now. Tammy should of scored before the shootout and Giroud has proved himself.
Kepa should of done better for then pens.
— . (@Chelsea_Based1) August 14, 2019
Regardless we still played really well. So unlucky it had to come to penalties but that’s football. We move on 💯⚽️
— ZΛCH (@CFCZach) August 14, 2019
Good performance it is what it is
— Charlie (@Charlie160801) August 14, 2019
Regardless what Frankie is starting to do to this club is magnificent. Liverpool won the CL and here we are posing such a threat. Once upon a time we were losing 4-0 to Bournemouth…promising times pic.twitter.com/yhLsHQJ15q
— thinkingfootball (@thinkyfootball) August 14, 2019
Tammy Abraham’s penalty proved to be the undoing for Chelsea on the night. And while a large section of the supporters got behind the youngsters, there were plenty who were critical of the striker after missing the spot-kick.
abraham is lukaku 2.0 SMH
— big bad brock (@Mr_Deason) August 14, 2019
Embarrassing that penalty was
— owen (@owennblewitt) August 14, 2019
Tammy Abraham needs to be sent back to the U18s.
— american Pedro (@notserenesareen) August 14, 2019
I got Lukaku penalty vibes from Abraham though ngl
— Moinul (@Moinul123) August 14, 2019
SEND TAMMY BACK TO VILLA
— 🇧🇪 (@CescomobiIe) August 14, 2019
Tammy is another Morata
— ℕ𝕦𝕣𝕤𝕖 𝕐𝕖𝕪𝕖 ℍ𝕦𝕞𝕒𝕚𝕣𝕒𝕙👸🏽🌹 (@mustapha_aishah) August 14, 2019
Why Tammy 😭
— AKA ME LAST 🇬🇭🇺🇸🇳🇬 (@CrisLuda4) August 14, 2019
Tammy did very well. Don’t use just the penalty to judge him
Let’s be rational 🚶🏾♂️
— 々TOR🎖 (@Kol_Mi_Tor) August 14, 2019
Don’t sell Tammy pls😭
— Maryanne💙💙 (@queen_Marihana) August 14, 2019
Had the same feeling but credit to both Tammy and Frank for deciding on that order. Brave decision to have that pressure on Tammy. Will aid his big-game development in the long run.
— Ben (@_BenCC) August 14, 2019