UEFA League results, Chelsea vs Villarreal 2021. Kepa Arrizabalaga is the hero as Blues won the super cup with 6-5 on penalties after the 1-1 draw in Belfast.
Chelsea vs Villarreal Super Cup 2021: Chelsea (6-5)
Chelsea FC won the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, defeating Villarreal CF 6-5 in a penalty shootout at Windsor Park in Belfast, to kick off the 2021-22 European season. At the completion of 90 minutes and extra time, the two teams were drawn 1-1.
Get to know in detail about the Chelsea vs Villarreal UEFA Super Cup match at W88. The Blues will be attempting to maintain the success that saw them named European Champions in 2020/21, while the Yellow Submarine will be looking to defeat more English opponents in a European final.
Chelsea vs Villarreal 2021 in Brief
In the early stages, Chelsea was naturally confident and in possession of another Spanish opponent. Sergio Asenjo’s quick reactions denied Timo Werner an early goal, while N’Golo Kanté was at his interfering best, robbing Gerard Moreno and shooting just wide.
However, Thomas Tuchel’s side eventually broke through in the 27th minute, when Ziyech swept in Kai Havertz’s cross, and Kurt Zouma should have doubled the lead only to shoot over. After falling behind, the Yellow Submarine responded with Edouard Mendy denying Boulaye Dia and Alberto Moreno clattering the bar on the stroke of half-time after a lovely cross by Gerard Moreno.
Unai Emery’s team had been unfazed by setbacks when they beat Arsenal and Manchester United in their final two UEFA Europa League matches last season, and the same attributes served them well following the resumption in Belfast.
Following Mendy’s errant goal-kick, Gerard Moreno hit the post, but Villarreal pressed on, and the striker was rewarded handsomely when he blasted Dia’s back-heel across Mendy to force extra time.
In the extra period, Chelsea stifled the Spanish team’s impetus and generated better chances, with Christian Pulii slicing wide and fellow replacement Mason Mount drawing a smart save from Asenjo. They also replaced Mendy with Kepa in the waning seconds of the game to prepare for the shoot-out, in which Havertz and Assa Mandi had early spot-kicks saved.
Tuchel’s risk paid off when Antonio Rüdiger tied the game at 6-5 and Kepa saved Ral Albiol’s penalty kick to give the Blues their second UEFA Super Cup.
Finally in the match Chelsea vs Villarreal, Chelsea wins the Super Cup on penalties, defeating Villarreal 6-5. After rejecting Raul Albiol in sudden death, Kepa Arrizabalaga was the hero for the Blues in the shootout. Chelsea wins the title for the second time, having won it before in 1998.
After Gerard Moreno equalized Hakim Ziyech’s first-half goal, a shootout was required. Neither team found the back of the goal in regulation or overtime. Thomas Tuchel’s team, on the other hand, kept their cool when it counted most to seal the victory.
Get the latest Sports News updates on Football, Cricket, Tennis & more!
Gerard Moreno was the Player of the Match (Villarreal)
He scored the crucial equalizer and was a threat throughout the game, making runs behind the defense and setting up goalscoring opportunities.
Chelsea vs Villarreal Scores
- Chelsea – 6
- Villarreal – 5
Chelsea vs Villareal Line-ups
Chelsea: Mendy, Kepa, Zouma, Christensen, Chalobah, Rüdiger, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Kanté, Jorginho, Kovačić, Alonso, Havertz, Ziyech, Pulišić, Werner, Mount.
Villarreal: Asenjo, Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Pedraza, Estupiñán, Pino, Mandi, Trigueros, Moi Gómez, Capoue, Mario Gaspar, Alberto Moreno, Morlanes, Gerard Moreno, Boulaye Dia, Dani Raba.
Chelsea vs Villarreal Highlights(6-5) 2021 Video