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Chelsea beat Villarreal to win Uefa Super Cup

Chelsea beat Villarreal 6-5 in a penalty shootout to lift the Uefa Super Cup for a second time after 120 minutes in Belfast.

Substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saved captain Raul Albiol’s spot-kick at Windsor Park to settle the draining affair.

Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring with a low drive midway through the opening 45 minutes but was then forced off with what looked like a worrying shoulder injury before half-time.

The Spaniards hit the woodwork either side of the break before Gerard Moreno equalised in the 73rd minute to force extra time.

Chelsea, who look set to complete a deal to re-sign striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record fee of £97.5m from Inter Milan, failed to rediscover their first-half dominance in extra time but did come close to a winner through Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

Kepa was brought off the bench by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel just a few minutes before the end of extra time and dived low to his right to save from Albiol – his second save of the shootout having also denied Aissa Mandi – and spark mass scenes of celebration among the Chelsea players and supporters.

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