The Debrief: Havertz the creative key and three rocks at the back in close Wembley final

Of course, those statistics are slightly skewed by the fact that both teams did actually put the ball in the back of the net, only to see them ruled out for offside by a combination of referee Stuart Attwell and VAR, with Chelsea suffering that pain on no less than three occasions. That explains why Kai Havertz managed to beat goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher twice, but is listed as not having attempted a shot on the official statistics.

That inability of either team to take advantage of the chances they produced during the 120 minutes of football made it even more surprising when the complete opposite happened once the match went to a shoot-out. The first 21 spot-kicks all found the back of the net before Kepa Arrizabalaga became the unlucky man to see his effort miss the target.

With all 11 players from each team being called upon to take a penalty, including the goalkeepers, that makes it comfortably the longest competitive shoot-out ever involving Chelsea’s senior team, surpassing the UEFA Super Cup win over Villarreal earlier this season and the 2008 Champions League final defeat to Manchester United, which were both decided by the seventh penalty takers.

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