The 2021 UEFA Super Cup saw Chelsea take on Villarreal at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.
The match, the curtain-raiser to the new UEFA club competition season, pitted the winners of the previous term's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League against each other.
And it was Premier League Chelsea who got their hands on the trophy for the second time in their history thanks to a 6-5 penalty shootout win. It was required after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.
Spanish keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who came on as a sub for Chelsea deep into extra time, was ultimately the hero as he saved two penalties during the shootout.
Before that Hakim Ziyech had given Chelsea the lead before Gerard Moreno’s beautiful top corner strike in the second half of regulation time brought the Spanish outfit level.
The competition was first staged in 1973/74 and initially featured the European champions and their European Cup Winners' Cup counterparts. Since the last UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1998/99, the match has been contested by the holders of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League (the UEFA Cup until 2009/10).
President and chief executive reflect on ‘fabulous’ Super Cup
The Irish Football Association and UEFA staged a “completely fabulous” UEFA Super Cup - that’s the verdict of Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson, who said the event had been delivered “after many years of bid writing, politicking, negotiating, planning and yet more planning”.
The three major trophies in European club football arrived in Northern Ireland in June 2021 as part of the build-up to Belfast hosting the UEFA Super Cup.