Mané gets a high ball from Henderson. Mendy comes out of his goal well and clarifies the situation on the edge of the box with his head.
Chelsea get in front of goal for the first time, but Lukaku gets the ball on his arm in the penalty area. As a result, Pulišić’s conclusion is no longer relevant.
Thiago Silva is now back on the pitch. The Brazilian can apparently continue.
Liverpool are clearly superior in this initial phase. Jürgen Klopp’s team keeps getting into the penalty area, especially via Chelsea’s right-back.
Thiago Silva is injured and needs treatment.
Liverpool have a great opportunity to lead. Alexander-Arnold plays a world-class outside instep pass from right to left into Luis Díaz’s run, who goes alone towards Mendy. The Colombian shoots flat to the short corner. Mendy stops the ball with his feet. Then the ball lands on the edge of the penalty area with Keïta, who has space to finish. But he shoots a meter to the right of the goal.
Luis Díaz goes into the penalty area on the left again. This time he brings the ball low in the middle. Keïta and Salah just miss.
Salah accidentally shoots Jorginho in the face. That hurt. But the Blues captain can go on.
Immediately after the chance, Alexander-Arnold brings a cross from the right into the middle. Salah comes to the header. But the ball goes a few meters over it.
Liverpool comes in front of goal for the first time. Luiz Díaz goes into the penalty area on the left and crosses halfway up in front of the goal. Thiago missed by just a few inches.
The game starts slowly. The mutual respect between the two teams is clearly noticeable.
Liverpool have only lost one game this year. The Reds won 2-1 at Aston Villa on Tuesday. Compared to this game, Jürgen Klopp changes five positions. Robertson, Konaté, Henderson, Thiago and Salah replace Fabinho, Tsimikas, Matip, Jones and Diogo Jota.
Chelsea FC was in a form crisis until Wednesday. This was overcome by the 3-0 win against Leeds United. Compared to this game, Thomas Tuchel is only rebuilding his team in one position. Thiago Silva starts in central defense instead of Andreas Christensen.
At Liverpool FC, the big hit is still possible. After winning the EFL Cup, Jürgen Klopp’s team is not only in the FA Cup and Champions League final. She can also win the Premier League. The title in the league is now rather unlikely. Manchester City are missing three points and seven goals. The Reds still have the cup triple in their own hands. Today, trophy two out of three is to be raised.
Chelsea have their last title chance of the season today. The Londoners are expected to finish third in the league. In the Champions League in the quarterfinals against Real Madrid. In the EFL Cup, the Blues reached the final. On February 27, the opponent there was also called Liverpool FC. The final went goalless to penalties. There, all shooters converted, except for Kepa, who came on especially for the penalty shootout. The Reds won 11-10. Today Thomas Tuchel is hoping for a happier ending for his team.
Hello and welcome to the FA Cup Final. Chelsea meet Liverpool at Wembley Stadium today at 5:45 p.m.