Manchester City’s wait for an allusive Champions League title goes on after they were upset in the all-English final by Chelsea on Sunday morning (AEST).
A goal on the stroke of half time by Kai Havertz ensured the Blues would have the last laugh of the season — and their second Champions League trophy — after Pep Guardiola’s City comfortably clinched the Premier League title earlier this month.
City were left to rue the departure of gun midfielder Kevin De Bruyne mid-way through the second half after a body check by Antonio Rudiger saw him taken off under concussion protocols.
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He was left in tears and replaced in 60th minute by Gabriel Jesus, while Sergio Aguero didn’t enter the game — the last of his decorated City career — until the 77th minute.
But the Argentinian couldn’t rescue Guardiola’s side, who dominated possession but failed to create clear-cut chances as Thomas Tuchel’s stunning Chelsea turnaround was completed.
The German manager took over from Frank Lampard in January with Chelsea sitting in ninth on the Premier League table.
On Sunday, they became Champions League winners for the first time since 2011-12, and just days after they clinched a top-four spot on the Premier League table.
The Champions League title was ultimately sealed when Havertz in the 42nd minute tapped a through-ball from Mason Mount past goalkeeper Ederson on the edge of the area and stroked it into an empty net.
City dominated the second half but the closest they came to scoring was in the final seconds of seven minutes of extra time when an attempt from Kyle Walker narrowly went wide.
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