Senegalese international, Sadio Mane, and Adrian played pivotal roles as Liverpool came from behind to lift the 2019 UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
Mane scored a second half brace while goalkeeper, Adrian, pulled off a save in the penalty shootout as the Reds came from behind to beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time.
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In what was the first-ever all English Super Cup tie, Champions League holders, Liverpool and their Europa League counterparts, Chelsea, served up a very entertaining match at the Vodafone stadyumu in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday night.
It was a game of two halves, Chelsea dominated the opening first 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead through Olivier Giroud, who expertly put them ahead at the break after latching onto a through pass from Christain Pulisic.
Liverpool lived on the edge with the offside flag coming to their rescue on two occasions, one in the first half, and another in the second.
In the second half, Liverpool finally weathered the Chelsea storm with substitute, Roberto Firmino, making an immediate impact when he played a part in the equaliser by Mane.
While both sides tried to add to the scoreline, it ended 1-1 after 90 minutes with the game headed for an extra 30 minutes.
Five minutes into extra time, Liverpool took the lead for the first time courtesy of that man, Mane, who let fly an excellent effort from just inside the box to put Jurgen Klopp’s side 2-1 up.
However, his goal lasted just six minutes as Jorginho converted from the spot after Tammy Abraham was hacked down by Adrian and Chelsea were awarded a penalty by the history-making Stephanie Frappart.
The scoreline remained 2-2 and the Super Cup went into a penalty shootout with Liverpool coming out victorious.
The Reds netted all their spot-kicks, while for the Blues, all scored but Abraham whose spot-kick was saved by Adrian to hand Liverpool the title.
Mane and Liverpool become the first English side to lift the title since the Reds last won it back in 2005.