/LIVE: Liverpool vs Chelsea

LIVE: Liverpool vs Chelsea


Liverpool will need to start keeping the ball much better after the break, as the Chelsea midfield trio are running the game at the moment. Plenty of work for them to do. Whilst Lampard will want more of the same from his side.

Chelsea lead at the break after a 36th minute goal by Giroud, his 12th goal for the Blues in Europe. It’s been an open game, with both teams having chances to open the scoring, but Kepa denied Salah with a terrific save early on, before Adrian tipped Pedro’s shot onto the bar to deny Chelsea. However, as the half went on Chelsea started to dominate and kept Liverpool penned inside their own half. The goal came after Kante drove forward from midfield, played it to Pulisic, who played it through to Giroud, who slid the ball into the bottom corner. Pulisic also had the ball in the back of the net, but it was correctly ruled out for offside.

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0-1 CHELSEA

45′ There will be a minimum of one minute added time played.

44′ Not long left to play until the break now, can Liverpool carve out a chance before the half-time whistle?

42′ Liverpool look short of ideas at the moment, with Chelsea looking the better team and creating more chances in front of goal. The Reds can’t get out of their half right now.

40′ GOAL RULED OUT! Pulisic thinks he has made it 2-0 but the offside flag goes up and it’s ruled out for offside. The winger sprints in behind Gomez after a lovely ball over the top by Emerson, but he made his run too early and is flagged offside. However, it’s a terrific run and finish from the American, cutting inside and beating Gomez for pace, before slotting the ball past Adrian.

38′ Giroud was the top scorer in the Europa League last season, netting 11 goals for Chelsea on their way to lifting the trophy; since his arrival in England, the Frenchman has scored six goals against Liverpool in all competitions – only against Sunderland (7), Southampton, Newcastle and Aston Villa (8 each) has he scored more.

Chelsea

36′ Pulisic receives the ball off Kante and manages to slide the ball through to Giroud at just the right moment, who did the rest with a fine finish.

Chelsea

36′ GOOOAAALLL! Giroud fires Chelsea ahead, they lead 1-0! They’ve dominated for the last few minutes and have finally got the breakthrough, with Adrian unable to do anything about this effort. They counter quickly, with Pulisic racing into the final third and he feeds Giroud, who just manages to stay onside on the edge of the box and the striker coolly slides the ball past Adrian and into the far corner of the net.

34′ Liverpool are penned inside their own half at the moment, with Chelsea keeping the ball well and they are unable to string any passes together to get out of danger.

32′ CHANCE! Another fantastic stop by Adrian to deny Chelsea! It’s Kovacic again with the opportunity, after quick football around the Liverpool box leads to Kovacic being fed through the lines by Pedro and Adrian has to rush off his line to smother the ball, before Matip manages to smash the ball clear.

30′ Save! Mane gets on the end of a corner delivery by Milner, but his header takes a deflection off a team-mate before flying towards the goal and this takes much of the power off the ball, so Kepa is able to make a comfortable save.

29′ We’re midway through the first half now and it remains goalless between Liverpool and Chelsea, but both teams have had one clear-cut chance to score and the keepers have pulled off excellent saves.

27′ Good play! Pulisic is enjoying himself up against Gomez so far, he gets into a good position in the box and drills a lovely ball across the six-yard box for a team-mate, but Giroud and Pedro don’t read the ball and it flies straight out of play. Someone should’ve been taking a chance on that.

26′ This is the first meeting between Liverpool and Chelsea in European competition since April 2009 in the Champions League, when the two sides played out a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in the quarter-final second leg (Chelsea progressed to the semi-final 7-5 on aggregate).

24′ Good effort! Giroud goes close with a overhead kick from just inside the Liverpool box, but Adrian is alert to it and allows the ball to sail wide of the post.

22′ OFF THE BAR! Adrian with a superb save to deny Pedro from a tight angle after the winger was allowed space in behind and he blasts the ball towards the top right-hand corner, but the Liverpool keeper gets fingertips to it and manages to push it onto the crossbar, before it eventually goes away from danger. So close.

20′ Good defending! Roberston is called into action to stop Pedro from running through on goal, after a good through ball between the centre-backs. However, the Liverpool left-back was alert and quick enough to just get to the ball first and clear the danger.

18′ Both teams look dangerous on the counter, breaking forward in numbers and with pace, which is testing both defences at the moment.

16′ GREAT SAVE! Salah goes close to putting Liverpool ahead but Kepa does brilliantly to deny him. The striker was played through on goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain and he only had Kepa to beat from a tight angle, but the keeper makes himself big and produces a fine save as Salah aimed for the bottom corner.

15′ Five of the last six Super Cup trophies have been lifted by the reigning Champions League winners (Real Madrid in 2014, 2016 & 2017, Bayern Munich in 2013 and Barcelona in 2015), with the only exception being Atletico Madrid (Europa League winners) beating Real Madrid 4-2 in 2018.

13′ Good block! Christensen does really well to prevent Mane from getting on the end of an excellent cross into the box by Henderson. The striker would’ve just had Kepa to beat from a few yards out, but the Chelsea centre-back got across well and put it out for a corner.

11′ Close! Pedro does well down the right wing, he cuts inside and works space for a shot on the edge of the box, trying to curl the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. However, he doesn’t get enough on it and it flies just wide of Adrian’s goal.

9′ Decent chance! Liverpool win a free-kick midway into the Chelsea half, it’s lifted into the box and Van Dijk manages to control it and lay it off to Fabinho, who seems to get caught in two minds as to shoot or cross the ball. In the end, his effort is comfortably gathered by Kepa in the Chelsea goal.

7′ Liverpool have settled nicely into the game now, but neither team are keeping the ball very well, a few too many sloppy passes in midfield, so possession is constantly switching between them both.

5′ Penalty shout! Mane tries an acrobatic volley in the penalty area and it’s blocked at close range by Christensen. A couple of Liverpool players appeal for a penalty, but just a corner is awarded to the Reds.

3′ Chelsea with the early possession here, but Liverpool are pressing high up the pitch and not allowing them any time or space in their half. Pulisic almost gets down the left wing, after a quick one-two, but Matip is quickly across to make a good sliding tackle.

The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stay tuned for all of the match action!

Chelsea have also made several changes, the main new face is Pulisic for his first competitive start for the Blues, he replaces Barkley in a front three. Giroud also comes into the starting XI, with Abraham dropping to the bench. Kante is also fit to start, after being limited to a cameo from the bench on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp has made five changes to his starting line-up, with Adrian replacing Alisson in goal after he picked up an injury. Matip, Milner, Mane and Oxlade-Chamberlain also come into to team, with Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Divock Origi and Firmino missing out.

CHELSEA SUBS: Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Kenedy, Billy Gilmour, Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi, Tammy Abraham, Willian.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Emerson; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Pedro, Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic.

LIVERPOOL SUBS: Andy Lonergan, Caoimhin Kelleher, Ki-Jana Hoever, Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Rhian Brewster, Divock Origi.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Adrian; Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Fabinho, James Milner, Jordan Henderson; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool got their Premier League campaign off to an impressive start at the weekend, beating Norwich 4-1. However, Chelsea will be looking to bounce back to winning ways tonight after they suffered a 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester United on Sunday.

This is the first time that two English clubs have met in the final of the Super Cup and in another first it will also be the first major European final to be officiated by a female official, Stephanie Frappart, who recently oversaw the Women’s World Cup final in July.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea in Istanbul.

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