Goalkeeper Kepa defies coach as Chelsea loses to Manchester City in shootout

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was beaten four times in the penalty shootout to enable Manchester City to successfully defend its League Cup title in London after the Spaniard undermined manager Maurizio Sarri by refusing to be substituted in Sunday’s final.

Nearing the end of extra time, with the game locked at 0-0, Kepa appeared troubled by hamstring problems and Sarri tried to replace him with Willy Caballero.

But Kepa, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper after joining Chelsea in August for $93 million, would not leave the field, wildly indicating that he wanted to continue.

“It wasn’t that I was refusing to be substituted,” Kepa said later. “It was a way of trying to tell the bench that I was fine.”

Humiliated, Sarri was furious and initially headed down the tunnel before returning just in time for the end of 120 minutes.

In the shootout, Kepa made only one save from Leroy Sane and Sterling completed a 4-3 victory on penalties.

“I’ve never seen it,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “I wish I could do it every now and then when I don’t want to get subbed off.”

• In the Premier League, Liverpool returned to the top of the table by drawing 0-0 at Manchester United in a lackluster game featuring more injuries than outstanding chances. … Arsenal climbed into fourth place — the final Champions League qualification spot — after Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealed a 2-0 home win over Southampton. … Claude Puel was fired as Leicester manager after six losses in the past seven games, including an embarrassing FA Cup exit. The breaking point for Leicester was a 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday that left the team eight points above the Premier League relegation zone in 12th place.

• Real Madrid needed two penalty kicks — one awarded by video review — to beat Levante 2-1 in Valencia and stay nine points back of leader Barcelona ahead of their Spanish league “clasico” at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

• Paulo Dybala came off the bench to lift a sagging Juventus to a 1-0 win at Bologna and help the seven-time Serie A champion rebound from its deflating 2-0 loss to Atlético Madrid in the Champions League.

Tennis: Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas clinched his first title of the year and second of his career after beating 50th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5, 7-6 (5) in the Open 13 final in Marseille, France. … Laslo Djere of Serbia beat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 7-5 in the Rio Open for his ATP Tour title. … Alison van Uytvanck defeated Marketa Vondrousova 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the final of the WTA Budapest hardcourt event. … Radu Albot became the first Moldovan to win an ATP tour-level title, beating English qualifier Daniel Evans 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) in the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open.

College baseball: Will Matthiessen went 3-for-3 with a homer and also gave up one run in 2 ⅓ innings of relief as No. 7 Stanford (6-1) pulled out a 6-5 win over UNLV (4-4) at Sunken Diamond. … Korey Lee’s two-run double in the eighth inning tied the game and his two-run single in the ninth was the winning hit as Cal (4-3) completed a three-game sweep at Cal Poly (1-6) with a 5-3 victory.

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