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CHELSEA WIN UEFA SUPER CUP AHEAD OF NEW SEASON START IN ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Chelsea secured its second UEFA Super Cup crown beating Spanish side Villarreal on penalties 6-5 after the score was level 1-1 by end of extra time. The two European champions had previously won titles before the end of the season with Chelsea winning the Champions League trophy and Villarreal as the Europa Cup Champions.

In a nail-biting shootout after the extra time, Chelsea had before the half –hour mark gone ahead with Moroccan Hakim Ziyech putting the London club to an early advantage. Hakim broke in to connect Kai Havertz’s cut back cross in the far post to score. Chelsea continued with the dominance in play within the first 30 minutes, having the upper ladder in possession.

The Moroccan striker, Ziyech was substituted after he injured his shoulder while defending a corner, Villarreal efforts in the first saw the team having improved performance in possession after Chelsea had scored in the 27 minutes. The Spanish club side should have equalised after Moreno rattled the bar from close range.

On resumption of the second half Gerard Moreno was more business like pushing the reigning UEFA Champions League title holder to their cold corner. This allowed the Spaniards to display some beautiful artistry of soccer and Moreno hitting the post early in the second half.

The Europa League Champion effort paid-off as Moreno who kept tormenting the Chelsea defense scored in the 83 minutes to level the score.  The second half now ended 1-1 and they both went into the extra time without scoring after 120 minutes.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchei on realising that Edouard Mendy, his team first choice goalkeeper might not click in the penalty shootout, he gambled and brought on Kepa Arrizabalanga for the shoot-out.

Surprise! He became the hero of the match saving two penalties. First, the Yellow Submarine had gone ahead looking bright to take the victory with Spanish goalkeeper, Asenjo, denying Kai Havertz the very first penalty of the shoot-out.

Hero, Kepa levelled the score and saved Aissa Mandi’s penalty. The substitute who had ‘infamous’ disagreement with the former Chelsea and Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, having been ‘tagged’ error prone, proved his doubters wrong Wednesday. He denied Villarreal captain Raul Albiol to win the UEFA Super Cup for the second time for Chelsea, since the first in 1998.

Meanwhile, the English Premier League will kick start for a new season on Friday with Brentford against Arsenal, Manchester United will play Leeds, while Leicester City will battle Wolves. 

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