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Chelsea wins the UEFA Super Cup on penalty shootout

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Chelsea FC won the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday with a 6-5 penalty shootout victory over Villarreal CF at Windsor Park in Belfast to get the 2021-22 European season underway. The two sides were tied, 1-1, at the end of 90 minutes and the end of extra time.

Hakim Ziyech gave the Blues the lead in the first half, scoring in the 27th minute. Ziyech was substituted with a shoulder injury later in the first half, however, as American Christian Pulisic took his place.

After some crossbar and post-rattling misses for the La Liga side, Gerard Moreno equalized for Villarreal in the 73rd minute.

Thomas Tuchel’s men ultimately triumphed on penalties with a 6-5 success to their names, but the Chelsea manager made a surprise move before the end of the second period of extra time. Tuchel inserted backup goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga for starter Edouard Mendy.

The move, like most of Tuchel’s in 2021, worked out. Kepa denied a pair of kicks, including stopping Raul Albiol’s to clinch the victory. Pulisic, Mason Mount and Antonio Rudiger were among the successful penalty takers for the Blues, who scored six straight PKs after Kai Havertz missed the opener.

Unai Emery, a four-time UEFA Europa League winner, continues his curious inability to claim a Super Cup title after losing all three times with Sevilla.

The focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League as both teams await the Aug. 26 draw in Turkey where they will learn which teams are in their respective groups. Before that, there’s Champions League play-off round matches next week.

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I destroyed Michael Essien’s career – Ghanaian spiritualist claims in video

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A Ghanaian spiritualist has revealed that he destroyed Michael Essien’s career.

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Essien had an illustrious trophy-laden career at Chelsea, but struggled with injuries at a point, and was largely on the bench in the UEFA Champions League winning season of 2012. In an interview with Vibes in 5, the Spiritualist, who claims he worked with about 50 players said he is responsible for the downfall of the midfielder. 

“I handle about 50 Ghanaian footballers, some of who are currently plying their trades abroad. But I’ve caused the downfall of the players who didn’t appreciate my services,” he said. “Essien promised to buy me a house in Accra if I helped his football career to blossom. He didn’t deliver on the promise so I brought him down.”

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2022 World Cup qualifies: Thomas Partey’s brilliant freekick earns Ghana victory in Harare

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Ghana beat Zimbabwe to go top of Group G.

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Thomas Partey’s brilliant 30th minute freekick earned the West African powerhouse all three points in Harare and they now go top of Group G. Ghana will now have to wait on the result from the game between South Africa and Ethiopia in Johannesburg to see if they maintain their place at the top an the end of the international break. 

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The four-time African champions began the game in explosive fashion, with Stade Rennais winger Kamaldeen Sulemana, causing problems on the left flank. In a one-on-one situation, the clever winger outpaced a Zimbabwe defender to force a save from their goalkeepers as the Black Stars chased an opener. 

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe came close to breaking the deadlock but Ghana goalkeeper, Jojo Wollacott, was quick to react to a back pass from Jonathan Mensah. Ghana then won a freekick after the hour mark following a foul on skillful midfielder Mohammed Kudus. Thomas Partey, who started the game as captain, elected himself and made no mistake brilliantly firing home. Mohammed Kudus nearly doubled the lead but his effort from a corner kick was cleared off the line. The Ajax star then hit the cross bar five minutes after the break. 

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