It was the first run through the Super Cup was played in Northern Ireland and 13,000 onlookers produced a phenomenal climate in the south Belfast arena, the most elevated participation at any game in the country since the episode of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Substitute goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saved chief Raul Albiol’s spot-kick at Windsor Park on a night that started greatly for the Blues with a fantastic first-half presentation before the Spaniards raged once again into the challenge after the break.
The Spaniard, who has lost his place as number one since joining the club for a world record expense for a goalkeeper in 2018, was presented late in extra-time as a substitute for the shootout by Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea’s success over Manchester City in Porto to lift the Champions League briefly time in May was the perfection of a transient ascent in Tuchel’s initial five months in control.
The German has wailed over dealing with a 42-man crew during pre-season.
Euro 2020 finalists Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Jorginho all needed to make due with a spot on the seat after their late re-visitation of pre-season preparing, however Chelsea actually had immeasurably a lot for the Europa League champs in the initial half hour.
Hakim Ziyech had an ambivalent evening as he proceeded with his fine pre-season structure into cutthroat activity with the initial objective.
As an unmistakable difference to Chelsea’s take of now 20 prizes in the almost a long time since Roman Abramovich’s takeover changed the club, Villarreal’s Europa League last triumph over Manchester United in May got their first historically speaking flatware.
After an excessively mindful beginning from Unai Emery’s men, going behind constrained the Yellow Submarine out and about and they were shocking not to be level considerably time.
Mendy hurried from his line to deny Boulaye Dia an introduction objective before Villarreal twice hit the woodwork either side of the advancement Alberto Moreno and Gerard Moreno.
Villarreal were the prevailing power in the second-half as Chelsea truly blurred get-togethers flying beginning.
Tuchel went to his seat to stem the tide as Mount, Jorginho and Andreas Christensen were presented.
Be that as it may, the Spaniards at long last got their merited equalizer when Moreno played a sharp one-two with Dia prior to terminating high past Mendy.
Neither one of the administrators would have invited an additional 30 minutes only days before their particular association crusades start off.
Chelsea had the better of extra-time as Christian Pulisic terminated inches wide before Sergio Asenjo created a fine save to deny Mount.
Be that as it may, Chelsea were immaculate with their next six spot-kicks to permit Kepa to become the dominant focal point.