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Sports : Kai Havertz the hero as Chelsea stuns Manchester City to win Champions League


Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 in Porto to win the Champions League.

Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the game on an exciting evening that saw thrilling blocks, cruel punches and mind-blowing individual performances.

Chelsea won a second Champions League trophy at the expense of Man City

Cesar Azpilicueta lifted the trophy as captain

Cesar Azpilicueta lifted the trophy as captain

Chelsea players celebrated with their 6,000 fans inside the stadium

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Chelsea players celebrated with their 6,000 fans inside the stadium

A frenzied 45-minute opening saw Timo Werner squander chances and Antonio Rudiger deny Phil Foden with a stunning tackle.

Chelsea then suffered a heavy blow when influential defender Thiago Silva was sent off with a muscle problem.

But, just two minutes before half-time, Havertz rocked City with their very first Champions League goal.

Mason Mount’s perfect pass found the £ 72million striker and he rounded Ederson before tapping into an empty net.

Havertz beat Ederson on the ball and outmaneuvered the city keeper

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Havertz beat Ederson on the ball and outmaneuvered the city keeper

With Ederson blocked, he stroked the ball at home

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With Ederson blocked, he stroked the ball at home

What time to score your first Champions League goal

What time to score your first Champions League goal

Tuchel celebrated as a Chelsea fan when Havertz opened the scoring

Tuchel celebrated as a Chelsea fan when Havertz opened the scoring

City then suffered a heavy blow when Kevin De Bruyne had to leave the game with an injury, after receiving a blow to the head that left him with an almost instant black eye.

City pitched Gabriel Jesus and then Sergio Aguero – making his last appearance for the club – but they just couldn’t muster the chances to equalize.

Chelsea have been keen to win the Champions League for the second time while City await Euro glory.

It’s an incredible feat for Thomas Tuchel, who has only been in charge at Stamford Bridge for 124 days and lost the final last year when he was in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.

De Bruyne's night ended early and he left the pitch in tears as Man City stunned by Chelsea

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De Bruyne’s night ended early and he left the pitch in tears as Man City stunned by Chelsea

There was no end to a dream for Aguero either

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There was no end to a dream for Aguero either

But questions will be put to Tuchel’s managerial counterpart.

Guardiola, famous for curved-ball selections, played a wild card from the start choosing not to throw a recognized defensive midfielder to his side.

Fernandinho and Rodri were both on the bench with Ilkay Gundogan, City’s top scorer in all competitions, starting the game as the deepest midfielder.

City started off brilliantly and almost shaped the opening minutes of the game as Ederson’s precise pass found Raheem Sterling in space and forced Edouard Mendy to make the game’s first save with a heel.

On the clock, however, Chelsea started to look dangerous and created two good opportunities to score in the opener.

They both fell to Werner, but he couldn’t concede either, first missing in front of goal and then hitting Ederson directly.

Sterling saved a shot after being repelled by Reece James and Mendy

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Sterling saved a shot after being repelled by Reece James and Mendy

Werner missed three good chances early in the game for Chelsea

Werner missed three good chances early in the game for Chelsea

De Bruyne made hearts beat faster in the Chelsea baseline as he grew in the game, while the Londoners remained a constant threat on the counter.

Foden was undoubtedly one of the men to watch ahead of the game and, without a superb challenge from Rudiger, he would have put City ahead after 27 minutes.

Moments later, Kyle Walker was doing damage on the right with a lively run, but his pass narrowly missed Riyad Mahrez’s outstretched leg.

Gundogan, perhaps unsurprisingly given his change of roles on the night, secured the first booking of the night for a kick on Mt.

Chelsea were then rocked when Silva was injured while fighting Foden in the air.

Silva succumbed to his injury and Andreas Christensen replaced him, a cruel end to the game as he had only become the fifth man to make successive Champions League finals with different clubs.

Silva was sent off with injury

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Silva was sent off with injury

Chelsea, however, were determined to win without him and were ahead just before half-time.

A sensational deep pass from Mount, between John Stones and Zinchenko, found Havertz, who produced a magnificent arched run.

Ederson approached him, but a soft touch took the keeper out of the equation and the German scored his first Champions League goal with ease.

“Manchester City extended their entire back line to the back of the field and the holes were ridiculous,” Stuart Pearce said on talkSPORT.

Havertz celebrates goal by becoming youngest German since Lars Ricken to score in Champions League final

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Havertz celebrates goal by becoming youngest German since Lars Ricken to score in Champions League final

Experts and former players have asked Guardiola to reverse his decision to play without a midfielder, but he refused to change things at half-time.

Chelsea continued with their compact 5-2-3 and early second-half sparring also worked in their favor.

Things also got worse for City just before the hour mark when De Bruyne was forced off the pitch after a clash with Rudiger.

Christian Pulisic then entered the fray for Werner, who had rowed with Tuchel over an offside, becoming the first American to make a Champions League final.

He should have created more story two but on the end of a block launched by the magnificent N’Golo Kante, he sent his strike next to a goal.

Pulisic misses the target after coming off the bench for Chelsea

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Pulisic misses the target after coming off the bench for Chelsea

City appealed to Aguero in their search for a leveler, but his surprising lack of creativity let the forward down.

Chelsea’s compact defense and wonderful performances from Kante and Rudiger secured the trophy for the second time in club history.

Guardiola, meanwhile, has left the tournament frustrated and unsuccessful since 2011, when he was with Barcelona.

Chelsea players rushed to celebrate

Chelsea players rushed to celebrate

A first Champions League trophy for Tuchel

A first Champions League trophy for Tuchel

But Guardiola has yet to win with City

But Guardiola has yet to win with City





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