Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea: Havertz secures the Blues’ second Champions League title.
Chelsea won the Champions League for the second time after defeating Manchester City 1-0 in an all-English final in Porto. Kai Havertz scored the game’s only goal. At Estadio do Dragao on Saturday, Chelsea forward Havertz scored his first Champions League goal on the grandest stage, opening the scoring late in the first half. Thomas Tuchel’s well-drilled squad hung on to deny City a treble in their first Champions League final, denying the Premier League champions a triple.
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Tuchel had experienced the agony of defeat in the biggest game in European club football last year as the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, but his fellow German Havertz ensured he beat Pep Guardiola for the second year in a row. For only the second time this season, City started without both Fernandinho and Rodri, and they had the first chance when Ederson sent Raheem Sterling through with a superb pass, but the forward’s weak touch allowed Reece James and Edouard Mendy to alert the danger.
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Timo Werner’s astute runs and pace were causing problems for the City defense, but he missed his kick when Germany teammate Havertz picked him out, before finishing tamely after Mason Mount gave him with a great opportunity. Chelsea took the lead when Thiago Silva went off, thanks to a fantastic block from Antonio Rudiger, who prevented Phil Foden when he appeared set to open the scoring. Mount was the architect, identifying a wide hole in City’s defense and delivering a precise throughball for Havertz, who rounded Ederson and tucked home three minutes before halftime.
Early in the second half, City were dealt another major blow as Kevin De Bruyne was taken off with a black eye after colliding with Rudiger, who was issued a yellow card. When City thought James had handled before Fe, referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz and the VAR decided there was no penalty. Christian Pulisic, a substitute, missed a wonderful opportunity to give Chelsea breathing room 18 minutes from time after Havertz sent him in on a blazing break. Sergio Augero was introduced for his farewell City game, but Riyad Mahrez’s ideal swansong was thwarted as he sliced a shot narrowly wide deep into stoppage time as Chelsea held on to win the Champions League.