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Chelsea overcome Manchester City to secure second Champions League trophy

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Online Betting Malaysia – Chelsea won their second Champions League title and denied Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City their first after Kai Havertz grabbed a first-half goal to secure a 1-0 win in Saturday’s all-English final at the Estadio Do Dragao in Porto, Portugal.

The Germany international, Chelsea’s record signing, kept his composure as he raced through and evaded goalkeeper Ederson before rolling the ball into an empty net in the 42nd minute to decide a tight encounter played in front of a crowd of 16,500.

Premier League champions City were favourites ahead of the final but suffered a desperately disappointing night in their first Champions League showpiece match.

Despite winning three of the past four Premier League titles for City, Spanish manager Guardiola failed to deliver the coveted European trophy he last won with Barcelona in 2011.

For Chelsea’s German manager Thomas Tuchel, the triumph comes after his Paris Saint-Germain side suffered defeat in last season’s final against Bayern Munich and just four months after he took over from Frank Lampard at the west London club.

The final whistle set off wild celebrations for the Chelsea fans who had flown in for the game, while dejected City supporters headed off for the flights back to Manchester.

“To share it with everybody is incredible. We made it. Wow. I don’t know what to feel,” Tuchel said. “I was so grateful to arrive a second time [in the final]. I felt different.

“The [players] were determined to win this. We wanted to be a stone in [City’s] shoe. We encouraged everybody to step up and step out, to be more brave.”

City gradually began to get the upper hand, but their usual composure was lacking, and it was not until deep into stoppage time that they went close with a hopeful effort from Riyad Mahrez that clipped the bar.

The final whistle set off wild celebrations for the Chelsea fans who had flown in for the game, while dejected City supporters headed off for the flights back to Manchester.

“Decisions are always to try to win the game,” said Guardiola, when asked to reflect on his team selection. “The way we played the game in the second half, they had one counterattack with Pulisic. They’re a really good team, but we competed perfectly against them. In the second half, we deserved to score one goal, but we couldn’t do it.”

“I would like to say it was an exceptional season for us. Unfortunately, we couldn’t win. We tried, but we couldn’t do it and will work harder from here,” added Guardiola, whose side won the League Cup to go with their Premier League crown.

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