Liverpool teammates celebrate after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Liverpool beats Chelsea on penalties to lift Super Cup


Backup goalkeeper Adrian was Liverpool's penalty shootout hero as they beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Super Cup and kick off a new European season.

After Champions League holder Liverpool and Europa League winner Chelsea finished extra time at 2-2, Adrian made the crucial save with his leg to deny Tammy Abraham and give his team a 5-4 win on penalties in a game which finished after midnight Turkish time on Thursday.

It was new signing Adrian's first start for Liverpool after regular goalkeeper Alisson suffered a calf injury last Friday.

Chelsea took the lead in the 36th minute when Christian Pulisic exposed poor positioning by Liverpool right back Joe Gomez to pass for Olivier Giroud to shoot low past Adrian.

Liverpool stormed back after the break, Fabinho's 48th-minute pass opening up the Chelsea defense and leaving Sadio Mane with an easy finish off Mohamed Salah's flick.

In extra time, Mane put Liverpool ahead off a Roberto Firmino cross, but Chelsea quickly responded with a penalty from Jorginho.

Stéphanie Frappart became the first female referee to oversee a major men's European final.

After just six minutes, she denied Liverpool a penalty when Sadio Mane's overhead kick hit Andreas Christensen's arm, which seemed to be out of a strictly "natural" position. There was no full review by the video assistant referee system.

Twice Chelsea put the ball into the net through Pulisic and substitute Mason Mount, but Frappart and her assistants ruled both efforts out for clear offsides.

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A very intense game for both sides. Extra time. Penalty call and penalty shoot out won by Liverpool in the final Chelsea kick at 1am in the morning with huge temperature and humanity. Great penalty save by the Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian who was brought into replace Mignolet you left last week and the Alisson getting injured in the Norwich game.

A game Adrian will never forget.

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The first mens game with a female referee and two female lineswomen.

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Only watched highlights (20min) & thought Chelsea were the better team (same as vs manu in the 1st half). They look so much better under lampard than they did with sarri & hazard (and am a big hazard fan). Unlucky in both games imo.

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