Thomas Tuchel is delighted with the victory and looks towards the heavens and goes to congratulate his rival manager Pep Guardiola, whose Champions League wait goes on at Manchester City.
Minute 90+7′- It’s all over at Porto. Chelsea are crowned Champions League 2021 winners as Mateu Lahoz brings the game to a close with his final whistle. Manchester City players are distraught after the crushing defeat and Chelsea players come out from the bench to celebrate with their 11 players on the pitch.
Minute 90+6′- Jesus battles hard down the inside-right channel. It’s a determined run. Christensen just about holds firm. The ball’s hacked out for another throw on the right. Mahrez strikes one on the volley and it goes just over, and Chelsea keeper Mendy had given up on the ball as he stood on his knees. A final chance for Manchester City goes wide.
Minute 90+5′ – Fernandinho catches Jorginho form behind the Blues have yet another opportunity of slowing the game down and take some time over the free-kick.
Minute 90+3′ – City go long from Ederson’s goal kick and earn a throw in deep into the Chelsea half. Kyle Walker pings in a long throw but Chelsea clear it from the box.
Minute 90+1′ – Chelsea go for a counter, but Ruben Dias smothers out the danger for City and the Citizens look desperate for the equalizing goal.
7 MINUTES OF ADDED TIME AT THE END OF 90 MINUTES
Minute 90′ – Manchester City CHANCE – Chelsea clear it away though through Christensen, Foden’s shot is blocked by the defender and City yet again.
Minute 87′- Chelsea receive a free kick from Gabriel Jesus’s challenge. The striker sees a yellow card for the challenge.
Minute 84′ – Sergio Aguero receives a long ball from Kyle Walker and looks to feed it on for Jesus but his chip is gobbled up by Mendy in goal.
Minute 82′- Chelsea are happy to keep the ball in their own half and deny City possession. The Citizens exchange passes in the middle but fail to get anything meaningful for them.
Minute 79′- SUBSTITUTION MATTEO KOVACIC ON, MASON MOUNT OFF. Mount has had a great game and had the telling pass through which Chelsea are leading from Kai Havertz’s strike.
Minute 77′ – Riyadh Mahrez wins a corner for city and delivers it himself but it’s cleared by Chelsea. He gets another opportunity and picks out a City player but they fail to do much with it in the end.
Minute 76′ – SUBSTITUTION SERGIO AGUERO ON, Raheem Sterling OFF. A potential fairy tale moment for the Argentine awaits in his final match for the Citizens.
Minute 72′- HUGE MISS – Christian Pulisic misses a huge chance to put the game beyond bed for City. The ball falls for Pulisic who runs at Ederson and misses the target with his shot. A potential match turning miss for Chelsea.
Minute 70′ – Play stops as Azpilicueta goes down after a challenge on Sterling and receives treatment out on the pitch. He is fit enough and will carry on for Chelsea.
Minute 67′ – CHANCE Azpilicueta clears off the line for Chelsea. Foden and Fernandinho link as the Englishman drives forward and lays it off for Mahrez. He drills it towards the penalty box and it’s cleared by the captain.
Minute 65′ – SUBSTITUTION CHELSEA – Timo Werner off, Christian Pulisic ON.
Minute 63′- SUBSTITUTION MANCHESTER CITY BERNARDO SILVA OFF, FERNANDINHO IN. The Brazilian will provide solidity for City in the centre of the pitch and will let City attack more.
Minute 60′ – Manchester City players are adamant for a penalty kick as Raheem Sterling’s shot hits James in the arm, but the defender has it wrapped around his body and the DECISION STANDS – NO PENALTY.
Minute 59′- SUBSTITUTION KEVIN DE BRUYNE OFF, GABRIEL JESUS ON. The Belgian walks off injured after suffering a heavy blow and despite the medical team’s best efforts.
Minute 54′- YELLOW CARD– Antonio Rudiger stops Kevin De Bruyne in his straps as the Belgian and the defender both receive medical attention. De Brunye looks to have come out the worst of the duo and is still down on the pitch.
Minute 53′- Ilkay Gundogan gives a free kick on Kai Havertz inside the City half. Ben Chilwell stands over this one to deliver a deep one. City clear it out and build from the back once again
Minute 52′- Manchester City move the ball across midfield but fail to string any meaningful passes together to threaten the Chelsea defence.
Minute 47′- De Brunye and Zinchenko stands over the free-kick, the latter delivers it ultimately. A poor one sees it turned back by Kante who retrieves his own clearance and stops it from going out for a corner. A goal kick for Chelsea.
Minute 46′ – Chelsea get the second off up and running, Manchester City win a free kick in their half as Foden slides past 2 challenges.
The first half at Porto ends in favour of Chelsea who had their lead through Kai Havertz. Manchester City have failed to threaten Chelsea’s defence so far but need an immediate response in the second half. Expect some changes from Pep Guardiola but Tuchel would be very comfortable in the current scenario.
FIRST HALF AT PORTO – MANCHESTER CITY 0 – CHELSEA 1
Minute 45+2′- An error from Edouard Mendy and Rudiger as Mahrez latches onto the ball and puts it out of play for a throw-in to Chelsea deep in their half.
Minute 42′ GOAL!!!– Kai Havertz scores Mason Mount gives a perfectly weighted ball for Kai Havertz, who loses his marker and latches onto it. The German has more to do and rounds of Ederson who came off his line. The ball falls perfectly for Havertz who puts it into an empty net. CHELSEA LEAD 1-0
Minute 40′- Mason Mount pulls off a nutmeg on Kyle Walker and lays it on for Chilwell who gives it to the Englishman once again and the play is spread onto the right flank for Reece James.
Minute 37′- SUBSTITUTION: Thiago Silva OUT, Andreas Christensen IN- Silva gingerly and disappointedly walks off the pitch, after injuring his groin region.
Minute 36′- Kante glides upfield with options either side. He looks for Havertz down the inside-right, Zinchenko recovering and blocking. That’s a fine last-ditch tackle, though Kante should perhaps have used one of his options to the left instead.
Minute 34′- YELLOW CARD : Gundogan- The midfielder earns a yellow card for his high challenge on Mason Mount, which brings him to the ground. VAR has a look at the challenge for a possible dangerous play but he isn’t getting more punishment.
Minute 31′- Mahrez is inches away from sliding to connect with his toe. If he hadn’t cut his toenails last night, it was 1-0. Kyle Walker speeds past ben Chilwell to drill in a low cross for Mahrez.
Minute 27′- Good move from City sees Kevin de Bruyne give Phil Foden a shooting chance, but Antonio Rudiger slides in brilliantly to deny a certain goal. Great defending.
Will this miss haunt Chelsea ?
Minute 24′- Chelsea earn a free-kick and drill it into the penalty box through Mason mount’s delivery. The ball lands safely in the hands of Ederson and City build yet again.
Minute 23′- John Stones clears away for Chelsea, who bring it forward by Havertz.
Minute 19′- Timo Werner losses the ball at the half way line and Sterling brings it away for De Bruyne who runs with it and fails to pick out a ball. The chance is anyway gone as the referee brings it for an offside for De Bruyne.
Minute 15′ – Chelsea’s corner falls into the hands of Ederson and he launches a counter for Manchester City as Kevin De Bruyne, and Gundogan rush forward. De Bruyne slides past 1 challenge but Rudiger stops his run and Chelsea breathe again.
Minute 14′- SAVE– Ederson denies Chelsea yet again. Golden chance for Timo Werner, who shoots straight at Ederson after good work from Mason Mount. Then, from a tight angle, Werner hits the side netting.
Minute 10′- CHANCE Ilkay Gundogan come away with the ball from Manchester City’s half egging his team on to a counter. City are 3v3 against Chelsea defence, but Gundogan’s pass in for De Bruyne and it is cleared away by Rudiger.
Minute 8′- The corner results in nothing as Mateo Lahoz blows for a free kick inside the penalty area.
Minute 7′ CHANCE – Ederson pings a long ball in for Raheem Sterling who perfectly times his run, but fails to control his shot and Mendy denies him. City earn a corner.
Minute 6′ – Thiago Silva earns a foul for Chelsea as Kyle Walker brings him down down the left hand defensive half in Chelsea’s half.
Minute 4′ – Timo Werner finds some space in behind Manchester City defence down the right-flank. The striker cuts in for Havertz who fails to control the ball and lobs it into the hands of Ederson in Manchester City goal.
Minute 1′ – Manchester City get things started off in the first half.
Lineups for Chelsea –
Reece James, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger
Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell
Timo Werner, Kai Havertz,Mason Mount
Lineups for Manchester City –
Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko,
Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo,
Mahrez, Sterling, Foden
The opening ceremony is live, Marshmello gets things underway. Selene Gomez joins the action and the players are in readiness to get out on the pitch for the UEFA Champions League final.
The biggest match of the season, the Champions League final is all set to get underway in an hour between Manchester City and Chelsea. The titular clash will see Manchester City play in their maiden final appearance at the biggest stage of Europe while Chelsea have made it to this stage after 9 years.
Manchester City have already won the Carabao Cup and the Premier League this season and are looking to complete the treble with a victory at Porto. Chelsea are looking for a first trophy this season and their first European trophy since their Europa League win in the season of 2018-19.