Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-Zero in Porto to win the Champions League.
Kai Havertz scored the one purpose of the sport on an enthralling evening which noticed thrilling counters, merciless blows and gorgeous particular person performances.
A frenetic opening 45 minutes noticed Timo Werner squander probabilities, and Antonio Rudiger deny Phil Foden with an astonishing deal with.
Chelsea then suffered an enormous knock when influential defender Thiago Silva was compelled off with a muscular difficulty.
However, simply two minutes earlier than half-time, Havertz rocked City along with his first ever Champions League purpose.
Mason Mount’s inch-perfect move discovered the £72million ahead and he rounded Ederson earlier than tapping into an empty internet.
City then suffered an enormous blow when Kevin De Bruyne needed to exit the match by harm, having obtained a knock to the top which prompted him an nearly immediate black eye.
City threw on Gabriel Jesus after which Sergio Aguero – making his final ever look for the membership – however they simply couldn’t muster the possibilities to attract degree.
Chelsea held out to say the Champions League for the second time whereas City’s look forward to Euro glory goes on.
It’s a gorgeous achievement for Thomas Tuchel, who has solely been in cost at Stamford Bridge for 124 days and misplaced the ultimate final yr when in control of Paris Saint-Germain.
However questions will probably be requested of Tuchel’s managerial counterpart.
Guardiola, famed for curveball alternatives, performed a wildcard from the off by selecting to not begin a recognised defensive midfielder in his facet.
Fernandinho and Rodri had been each on the bench with Ilkay Gundogan, City’s prime scorer in all competitions, starting the match as their deepest midfielder.
City did begin brightly and nearly customary a gap minutes into the match when Ederson’s pinpoint move discovered Raheem Sterling in house, and compelled Edouard Mendy into the primary save of the sport with a backheel.
On the counter, although, Chelsea started to look harmful and created two good probabilities to attain the opener.
They each fell to Werner however he was unable to take both, first miskicking in entrance of purpose after which scuffing an effort straight at Ederson.
De Bruyne prompted hearts to flutter within the Chelsea backline as he grew into the sport, whereas the Londoners remained a continuing menace on the counter.
Foden was undoubtedly one of many males to look at going into the sport and, had it not been for a surprising problem from Rudiger, he would have put City forward after 27 minutes.
Moments later Kyle Walker was doing injury on the appropriate with a bustling run however his move simply missed the outstretched leg of Riyad Mahrez.
Gundogan, maybe unsurprisingly given his function change on the evening, received the primary reserving of the evening for a kick on Mount.
Chelsea had been then rocked when Silva was harm battling Foden within the air.
Silva succumbed to his harm with Andreas Christensen changing him, a merciless ending to the sport contemplating he had change into simply the fifth man to start out successive Champions League finals with completely different golf equipment.
Chelsea, although had been decided to win with out him and had been forward simply earlier than half-time.
A sensational by ball from Mount, between John Stones and Zinchenko, discovered Havertz, who had produced a fantastically arced run.
Ederson got here haring in direction of him, however a composed contact took the goalkeeper out of the equation and the German slotted dwelling his first ever Champions League purpose with ease.
“Manchester City have unfold their complete backline throughout the again of the pitch and the holes had been ridiculous,” reacted to Stuart Pearce in talkSPORT.
Pundits and former gamers referred to as for Guardiola to reverse his determination to play with no holding midfielder however he declined to change issues throughout half-time.
Chelsea continued with their compact 5-2-Three and the early sparring within the second half went of their favour too.
Issues received worse for City simply earlier than the hour-mark too when De Bruyne was compelled off the pitch after a conflict with Rudiger.
Christian Pulisic then entered the fray for Werner, who had been rowing with Tuchel about an offside run, turning into the primary American to play in a Champions League ultimate.
He ought to have created extra historical past two however on the tip of a counter began by the magnificent N’Golo Kante, he despatched his shot extensive when by on purpose.
City placed on Aguero of their seek for a leveller however their shocking lack of creativity let the striker down.
Chelsea’s compact defending and marvellous showings from Kante and Rudiger had been ready to make sure they lifted the trophy for the second time within the membership’s historical past.
Guardiola, in the meantime, leaves annoyed and with no triumph within the match since 2011, whereas he was with Barcelona.