Chelsea have been crowned UEFA Champions League winners
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Man. City 0-1 Chelsea: Havertz gives Blues second Champions League triumph
Saturday 29 May 2021
Chelsea claimed their second UEFA Champions League title at the expense of Manchester City, Kai Havertz’s first-half goal settling the all-English final in Porto.
Highlights: Man. City 0-1 Chelsea (2 mins)
Chelsea have been crowned UEFA Champions League winners for the second time, a first-half goal from Kai Havertz enough to see off Manchester City at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão.
Match in brief
Havertz’s title-winning goal
Although Raheem Sterling nearly got clear of the Blues’ defence in the opening moments, Chelsea were the more threatening side early on, with Timo Werner twice failing to convert gilt-edged chances in the first 15 minutes. City gradually worked their way back into it, and only a brilliant Antonio Rüdiger challenge prevented Phil Foden breaking the deadlock; however, Chelsea still looked the more dangerous and struck three minutes before half-time.
Mason Mount’s perceptive through pass split the City defence, enabling Havertz to beat the advancing Ederson to the ball before rolling it into an unguarded net. Chelsea had already lost Thiago Silva to injury by that point, and City were also forced into a reshuffle on the hour mark as Kevin De Bruyne was unable to continue after a heavy collision with Rüdiger.
Chelsea continued to defend superbly and, with City increasingly committing men forward, occasionally menaced on the break, substitute Christian Pulišić clipping wide after being played in by Havertz. City did, however, pen Chelsea in for most of the last 20 minutes but struggled to create clear opportunities and when Riyad Mahrez lifted a shot just wide in the closing seconds, Chelsea’s triumph was confirmed