Kepa Arrizabalaga emerged the hero as his penalty shootout heroics helped
Champions League holders Chelsea defeat Villarreal to win their first UEFA Super Cup since beating Real Madrid in 1998.
Substitute goalkeeper Arrizabalaga saved captain Raul Albiol’s spot-kick to give Chelsea a 6-5 shootout win after 120 minutes of football ended 1-1.
Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring for the Blues in the 27th minute when Kai Havertz ran on to ball into the left channel and delivered a precise pull-back, with Ziyech directing his shot in despite not getting a clean connection on the ball.
However, Ziyech was then forced off with what looked like a worrying shoulder injury before half-time.
Villarreal hit the woodwork either side of the break before Gerard Moreno equalised in the 73rd minute to force extra time.
The equaliser was the result of a poor clearance out of defence by Kurt Zouma, with Moreno feeding Boulaye Dia whose clever flick-return to the Spaniard was clinically swept past Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea failed to rediscover their first-half vigour in extra time but did come close to a winner through Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.
With penalty shootout looming Arrizabalaga was brought off the bench and made two saves one of which was the decisive effort by Albiol.
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