Konstantinos Tsimikas nets decisive penalty as Reds keep quadruple bid alive with FA Cup triumph

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Konstantinos Tsimikas hit home a winning penalty as Liverpool kept their hopes alive four times with a 6-5 out of the win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Extra-time Tsimikas sent Edouard Mendy unfairly with a final goal after Alisson saved from Mason Mount, as Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a repeat of their EFL Cup final two hours after the 0-0 draw.

Liverpool received a major blow when Mohamed Salah was sacked due to injury in the first half, and Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson reverted after 90 minutes.

But the Reds have strongly criticized Chelsea for their third consecutive loss of the FA Cup final, and may still be able to add Premier League and UEFA Champions League trophies to their home cup twice in the coming weeks.

With a good start, Liverpool were denied a ninth-minute opener when Luis Diaz forced a one-man save to Mendy before Christian Pulisic moved on to the other side.

Marcos Alonso forced Alisson to stop near the post as the match opened, with Diogo Jota turning the inviting Robertson ball to replace Salah who was injured just 33 minutes later.

Chelsea came close three times at the start of the second half when Alonso swerved and crossed the crossbar with a free-kick, both of Pulisic’s sides forcing Alisson to save.

Liverpool hit the cross twice at the end of a busy 90 minutes, with Diaz hitting Mendy’s right-hand post before Robertson turned James Milner’s cross into another straight line as the tournament, such as the EFL Cup final between the two teams, progressed into extra time. .

After another 30 minutes without a goal, Cesar Azpilicueta’s miss on the pitch looks set to look promising until Chelsea are given a chance when Sadio Mane is rejected by Senegalese team-mate Mendy.

But Alisson went on to save the hero from Mount kicks, allowing the unexpected champion Tsimikas to get the lower left corner and give the Reds their first FA Cup victory since 2006.

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