Chelsea have won the European Super Cup for the second time in history. The London team defeated Spain’s Villarreal late on Wednesday night in Belfast. After regular time and extra time, the score was 1-1. Chelsea took the penalty kicks better and won 6-5.
Hakim Ziyech played a leading role at Chelsea in the first half. The 28-year-old former Ajax player opened the score in the 27th minute. Midfielder Kai Havertz gave a low pass from the left, after which Ziyech passed goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo. Ziyech then gave two good passes to Marcos Alonso and Kurt Zouma, who were unable to score. Shortly before halftime, the game was suddenly over for the midfielder. After a collision with the Argentine defender Juan Foyth, Ziyech was unable to continue from the 40th minute because he had a lot of pain in his left upper arm. Until then Chelsea had the upper hand. Villarreal seemed to come alongside in injury time of the first half, but Alberto Moreno shot the ball hard with the left against the crossbar. The Spanish team kept the initiative in the second half and managed to connect in the last fifteen minutes, Morena scored the 1-1 after a good combination with Boulaye Dia.
In extra time Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel pulled goalkeeper Édouard Mendy to the side to leave the penalty kicks to Kepa Arrizabalaga. For Chelsea, only Kai Havertz missed 11 meters. At Villarreal things went wrong with Aissa Mandi; and Arrizabalaga stopped captain Raúl Albiol’s strap kick.
Chelsea won the Champions League last season and Villarreal the Europa League. The last time the English won the European Supercup was in 1998, after that the club lost that match three times, twice on penalties.