'Had a brilliant game': BBC pundit impressed by Chelsea player who played the full FA Cup final

Jermaine Jenas was certainly impressed by Marcos Alonso’s performance for Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Speaking live on BBC during the epic encounter between Liverpool and the Blues, Jenas saved his praise for the Spaniard until the penalty drama that ensued the two hours of relentless football.

Marcos Alonso in the FA Cup final

Alonso’s excellent display throughout the entire fixture eventually meant nothing, as Thomas Tuchel’s team lost on penalties to the Reds for the second time this season.

Just like the Carabao Cup final, the two Premier League giants couldn’t be separated across 120 minutes despite each goal leading a charmed life.

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Liverpool burst out of the blocks in the first-half, with Luis Diaz in particular sparking under the South West London sunshine.

He forced Edouard Mendy into a smart save early on, and was just a whisker away from scoring on two separate occasions after the interval.

For Chelsea, Christian Pulisic came closest for several occasions, but couldn’t properly trouble Alisson.

Jurgen Klopp’s side almost sealed the tie ahead of the spot-kick drama, yet the woodwork denied them twice.

But they weren’t to be deprived of rippling the net for too long.

Penatly drama

They stuck away six of their seven penalties, with Alisson saving Mason Mount’s effort in sudden death following Sadio Mane’s miss moments later.

Tuchel’s group were on the verge of winning the fixture until Mount had his shot pushed away by Liverpool’s ‘keeper.

Alonso kicked off the kicks with a fine strike into the bottom corner, epitomising his overall display on the afternoon.

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“He’s had a brilliant game, Marcos Alonso. He stuck that one away with real confidence,” said Jenas after the defender slotted from 12-yards.

The 31-year-old was followed quickly followed by up his compatriot hitting the post, Cesar Azpilicueta the fall guy.

All the penalties after were converted, until Mendy kept out his international college Mane.

That set up the shoot-out for sudden death, one Liverpool eventually came out on top in.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.