'Laaaaa': Lucas Leiva sends message to Liverpool's matchwinner as Reds win the FA Cup
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'Laaaaa': Lucas Leiva sends message to Liverpool's matchwinner as Reds win the FA Cup

Lucas Leiva sent a Tweet to Kostas Tsimikas after he scores the winning penalty for Liverpool in the FA Cup final. The Greek Scouser did it.

Liverpool have won the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 and, of course, it’s their backup left-back who won it. Kostas Tsimikas stepped up to score the winning penalty in a shoot-out win over Chelsea at Wembley.

It was a crazy game that we’d seen before – this was essentially a repeat of the EFL Cup final. Two great teams created plenty of chances but despite the talent on the pitch, no one was able to score.

So to penalties we went and after Sadio Mané threw away the chance to win it, Tsimikas took Liverpool’s second bite at the cherry to secure the trophy.

Tsimikas had come on for Andy Robertson in the second half of extra-time and stepped up as the Reds’ seventh taker. It was a brilliant penalty, too, finding the bottom corner beautifully to leave Edouard Mendy without a chance.

Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva took to Twitter to celebrate the moment, who of course wore the same no.21 shirt that Tsimikas does.

“Making the number 21 proud laaaaaaaaa,” he wrote, with a photo of the Greek celebrating.

Kostas Tsimikas scores winning penalty

We all love Lucas here, of course, and it’s a little poetic that Tsimikas won the cup wearing that no.21. Liverpool’s last FA Cup final in 2012 saw them lose 2-1 to Chelsea and it was a game that Lucas didn’t play in.

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He’d picked up a serious knee injury earlier in the season that ruled him out of the fixture. Jay Spearing played in his stead but there’s little doubt that the Reds would have had a much better go of it with the Brazilian in there alongside Jordan Henderson.

That wasn’t to be, though, and we’ve had to wait a long, long time for this moment. Tsimikas is certainly making that number proud.

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