Chelsea win the 2021 Champions League title

Chelsea won the men's UEFA Champions League for the first time in nine years thanks to a 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Dragao Stadium in Portugal on Saturday.

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Kaya Havertz's first Champions League goal secured the difference. The 22-year-old got behind the City defence after a great pass from Mason.

City goalkeeper Ederson came out to close down Havertz but was surrounded by the striker, leaving Germany with an open goal. The score was opened in the 45th minute.

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ESPN noted Chelsea have twice as many goalscoring chances as any other player between the Premier League and Champions League since Thomas Tuchel took over as coach in January.

This trend continued on Saturday:

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Mason Mount created more chances (3) in the first 45 minutes of the Champions League final than the entire Manchester City team combined (2).

◎ 22 transmission attempt
◉ 40 passes completed

Oh, and the assist was perfect. #UCLfinal

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What a ball.

As expected, both clubs had few goalscoring opportunities before reaching the final. Manchester City had a 71 - 40 advantage in time of possession but could only muster six complete shots and one on goal.

At the start of the second half, the assistant referee via video link was due to check a potential hand play by Reece James, but the referees, much to the dismay of City fans, decided that no penalty would be awarded

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With the score at 1-0 in the second half, Christian Pulisic came on for the Blues. The American star made history simply by entering the game, but he nearly added to his legend thanks to an excellent scoring opportunity.

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Thomas Tuchel reacts to Christian Pulisic's miss ?

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City's best opportunities to level the score came late in the second half, but they were largely limited to on-side opportunities rather than checking Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal.

Within a minute, the Chelsea defence cut Riyad Marez's path towards goal. His pass to Phil Foden came too late and Andreas Christensen had enough time to thwart the attempted shot and clear the ball out of Blue's territory.

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The referees added seven minutes of added time, but Chelsea's defence remained unwavering. City's maximum was made by Marez with just a minute to go, but he threw himself into the attack with his weaker right foot.

The men's UEFA Champions League title is the second in Chelsea's history and the first since 2011 - 21.

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