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Havertz gifts Blues second Champions League triumph

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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.

Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta lifts the trophy

Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta lifts the trophyUEFA via Getty Images

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.The final as it happened

Match in brief

Kai Havertz skips past Ederson to score the only goal

Kai Havertz skips past Ederson to score the only goalUEFA via Getty Images

Although Raheem Sterling nearly got clear of the Chelsea defence in the opening moments, Chelsea looked the more threatening side early on with Timo Werner twice failing to convert gilt-edged chances in the opening 15 minutes. City gradually worked their way back into it, only a brilliant Antonio Rüdiger challenge preventing Phil Foden breaking through, but Chelsea continued to look the more dangerous and struck three minutes before half-time.

Mason Mount’s perceptive through pass split the City defence and Havertz beat the advancing Ederson to the ball before rolling into the 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 threatened on the break, substitute Christian Pulišić clipping wide after being played in by Havertz. City penned Chelsea in for the majority of the final 20 minutes but still struggled to create clear chances and, when Riyad Mahrez lifted a shot just wide in the final seconds, Chelsea’s triumph was confirmed.

Player of the Match: N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea)

“A massive influence in the middle third of the pitch both with and without the ball. Forms an excellent partnership with Jorginho.”

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