History was made in the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Yes, it may have been the first time two English sides faced each other in this match but the main talking point was the fact the match was officiated by females.
Stephanie Frappart took centre stage with the whistle with help from her assistants Manuela Nicolosi of Italy and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland, becoming the first women to take charge of a major men’s European match
And she didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the match, in which Liverpool won on penalties after a 2-2 draw after extra-time.
She waved away an early penalty appeal after Sadio Mane’s overhead kick struck Andreas Christensen hand from close range.
- Kante did a ‘Messi’ on Milner
- Neville: Man Utd will win PL before Liverpool
- Mane: Messi deserves Ballon d’Or
O’Neill was then at the centre of attention when Christian Pulisic thought he’d doubled Chelsea’s lead after Olivier Giroud’s owner.
The Italian kept her flag down, as per the VAR instructions, until the American had scored. She then raised her flag.
VAR checked it and confirmed Pulisic was indeed offside.
O’Neill then rightly kept her flag down as half-time substitute Roberto Firmino combined with Sadio Mane to equalise for Liverpool.
Towards the end of the 90 minutes, Nicolosi initially kept her flag down for Mason Mount but, after the youngster found the back of the net, correctly then raised it.
Another excellent decision.
Frappart had a massive call to make in extra-time as Adrian brought down Tammy Abraham with Liverpool leading 2-1. The referee immediately pointed to the spot and, after a check from VAR, it was adjudged to be the correct decision.
Replays were inconclusive which meant Frappart’s original decision stood.
Ahead of the match, both manager – Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard – gave their thoughts on Frappart officiating the clash in Turkey.
“Finally. I think it is time,” Klopp admitted.
“I have a lot of experience with female referees in Germany.
“It is a very smart decision to have a women to be the referee in a very important game before millions of people. I am pretty sure with all the emotions involved, I will try not to make it more difficult than the game is.
“I will be showing my best face otherwise my mum would be angry. It is the first one so maybe that makes it more special but I hope it is not the last.”
While Lampard added: “I am very pleased to be a part of this moment in history — it is very much due.
“The game has come a long way, in terms of the women’s World Cup, which we all watched; in terms of respect they are getting and the interest. It is a historical moment.”