Champions League winners, Chelsea were able to pull up another victory after 120 minutes of play in Belfast, Ireland to win their first UEFA Super Cup since 1998.
Kepa Arrizabalaga heroics in a penalty shoot-out was the major highlight of the game.
Chelsea’s last triumph in this winners play-off was a 1-0 over Real Madrid after victory in what was known as the UEFA Cup Winners Cup before it was renamed to UEFA Europa League. Uruguayan, Gus Poyet’s 83rd minute strike was the difference.
Chelsea began the final in Belfast the better side, going into the lead courtesy Hakim Ziyech in the 27th minute but took their foot of the pedal in the second half which allowed Villareal equalise and dragged the game into extra time and penalties.
Kepa, better than Edouard Mendy at saving spot-kicks came on and justified Thomas Tuchel’s decision by stopping two kicks that ensured Chelsea ran out 6-5 winners.
Chelsea’s last three attempt at the title ended in losses to a Radamel Falcao inspired Atletico Madrid in 2012, Bayern Munich and Liverpool via spot-kicks in 2013 and 2019 respectively.