What a lovely moment that we have seen as the Champions League winners, Chelsea, have won the Super Cup after defeating Spanish side Villarreal on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Villarreal in Belfast.
Inspired substitution by Thomas Tuchel sent Kepa Arrizabalaga on in the 119th minute and the much-maligned Spaniard came up trumps, saving two penalties in the shootout.
It was a big save by Kepa and what a big call from Tuchel to make that call to bring on the substitute goalkeeper.
Kepa only came on for Edouard Mendy with seconds remaining but after saving from Aissa Mendy to cancel out Kai Havertz’s miss, he won the trophy by denying Raul Albiol.
Hakim Ziyech and Gerard Moreno scored in normal time; Kepa Arrizabalaga came on as a substitute late in extra-time before saving two spot-kicks.
Chelsea had taken a deserved lead after 27 minutes thanks to Hakim Ziyech but Villarreal improved from there and earned their equaliser through Gerard Moreno after 73 minutes.
Kepa Arrizabalaga saved twice in the shootout after coming on as a substitute in extra-time.
Neither team found a winner in extra-time but Tuchel’s surprise tactical switch secured Chelsea their second Super Cup win and their first for 23 years.