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Abramovich era ends in FA Cup penalty heartbreak

Chelsea lost the FA Cup final 6-5 on penalties to Liverpool at Wembley

Chelsea failed to dispatch outgoing owner Roman Abramovich with another piece of silverware after losing to Liverpool in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

After two hours of scoreless action in regulation time and extra time, which was a record longest game without a goal, Liverpool won the 150th edition of the FA Cup 6-5 in sudden death.

In what was likely his last outing for the Blues before becoming a free agent after June 30, captain Cesar Azpilicueta hit the post with his side’s second kick which cleared the way for Thiago to calmly put Liverpool on. 2-1.

Then, in the Reds’ last effort with the win on the line, Sadio Mane was denied by Edouard Osoque Mendy who demanded more penalties as the first batch finished 4-4.

As Hakim Ziyech and Diogo Jota both scored to make it 5-5, Mason Mount inflated his lines which allowed unlikely hero Konstantinos Tsimikas to etch his name in Merseyside history.

Thanks to their eighth FA Cup triumph, Liverpool are still on the treble and have yet to play for the Champions League and Premier League.

After also losing to Jurgen Klopp’s men in the EFL Cup final in February, Chelsea suffered more disappointment and broke an unwanted record by becoming the first team to lose three FA Cup finals in a row.

But Chelsea’s season won’t end without a trophy given they won a first Club World Cup against Palmeiras at the turn of 2022.

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In the end, however, that turned out to be the last piece of silverware on Abramovich’s watch, with the Russian putting the club up for sale on March 2.

A few days later, Abramovich then had his assets frozen by the British government for alleged links to President Vladimir Putin in response to the military operation in Ukraine, and a consortium led by Todd Boehly is expected to take control of Chelsea in the coming weeks after their £4.25 billion ($5.2 billion) bid was accepted.