Liverpool edged out Chelsea on penalties after a long and wearying European Super Cup went all the way down to the wire in Istanbul.
Frank Lampard‘s Blues dominated the first half, eventually taking the lead through Olivier Giroud, their top scorer in the Europa League last season, when he found himself free in the box to shoot across goal and into the bottom corner, past stand-in keeper Adrian.
However, like against Manchester United on Sunday, they couldn’t quite make their first-half domination count as Pedro hit the woodwork and Christian Pulisic had a goal ruled out correctly after a narrow offside call.
They paid for that profligacy when Liverpool, coming out with renewed vigour with Roberto Firmino on for a subdued Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, equalised in opening minutes of the second half.
The Brazilian substitute ran onto a floated-in ball from Fabinho, and Sadio Mane was on hand to help his shot over the line.
Both sides had chances to go ahead in the second half, with Kepa Arrizabalaga making a remarkable double save to deny Liverpool, while Chelsea had another goal denied by the offside flag after Mason Mount struck past Adrian.
Firmino and Mane linked up well once again early on in extra time, carving open space in the Chelsea box with a neat one-two, finished off by the Senegalese for his second.
That lead only lasted five minutes though, as Adrian was adjudged to have caught Tammy Abraham. Jorginho stepped up coolly slot the resultant penalty past the Spanish goalkeeper.
Both sets of players visibly flagged on a hot and humid night in Turkey as the final whistle was blown.
In the shootout, Liverpool scored all five of their penalties, before Abraham struck Chelsea’s straight fifth at Adrian.
Cristiano Ronaldo Gives His Girlfriend N37 Million Every Month To Live A Lavish Lifestyle
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo gives fiancee Georgina Rodriguez an £80,000-a-month (N37,673,136) allowance to help her live the high life, according to reports.
The Portuguese superstar and Rodriguez live a lavish lifestyle in Turin with the forward’s £28million-a-year salary from Juventus.
The loved up pair have one child together, two-year-old daughter Alana Martina, but she also raises Ronaldo’s three other children.
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As a mostly stay-at-home mum, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim Ronaldo is happy to give 26-year-old Rodriguez a hefty wedge every month as she also looks after surrogate twins Eva and Mateo and Cristiano Jr.
With millions flooding through the family every month, it is no wonder they continue to live a life most can only dream of.
Holidays on yachts are a regular occurrence while birthdays are often greeted with expensive gifts.
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For his 35th birthday, Rodriguez treated her other half to a wrapped Mercedes G-Wagon with a basic starting price of £93,000.
The pair are often seen wearing expensive bling with Ronaldo wowing fans by showing off a £371,000 Rolex watch last month.
Rodriguez also earns a reported whopping £6600 per Instagram post to sponsor a company because of her 16.5m followers.
NFF Denies Amokachi’s Appointment
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied rumour making the rounds about the appointment of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Daniel Amokachi as Head of its Technical Department.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ademola Olajire, NFF Director of Communications, said Bitrus Bewarang still remained the federation’s Technical Director.
Olajire quoted Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Fresh, as saying that at no time did the body call for applications from candidates for that position, not to talk of appointing anyone.
“This clarification becomes necessary against the background of wide-circulating, but totally misleading reports of the appointment of Amokachi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, as head of NFF technical department.”
“’The NFF has been bemused by this unfounded story, which no doubt must have embarrassed Amokachi himself,” Fresh said.
JUST IN: Jubilation As Anthony Joshua Arrives In Sagamu
There was jubilation in Sagamu on Wednesday when Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua arrived at the palace of Akarigbo of Remo.
It was gathered that Joshua met Akarigbo and other chiefs in Sagamu around 1.15pm.
Head, Anthony Joshua Supporters Club, Sagamu, popularly known as Mr Naira, confirmed Joshua’s presence to The PUNCH.
He commended the boxer for yielding to their calls to visit Sagamu.