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Chelsea lift Champions League trophy, beat Man City 1-0

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Chelsea Saturday night won the Champions League title for the second time in their history after beating Manchester City 1-0 in the epic final.

It was a slow start to the game between the two English clubs. Manchester City, however, woke up and began some foray down their left flank in the 29th minute. But a gorgeous Kai Havertz finish broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute.

Chelsea were able to contain City in the second half to ensure Havertz’s goal was enough to lay claim to the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League title.

After taking Paris Saint Germain to last season’s final, Tuchel became the first coach to take two different clubs to the final in successive seasons.

The Blues have now claimed their sixth major European trophy in total.

They won the Europa League in 2013 and 2019 while they also emerged winners of the Cup Winners Cups in 1971 and 1998.

I don’t know what to feel – Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel: “This is unbelievable. To share it with everybody is unbelievable. I don’t know what to feel. The players were determined to win this.”

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Buhari hosts FIFA president at Aso Villa

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President Muhammadu Buhari received Gianni Infantino, president of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), at Aso Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

 

Infantino who was on courtesy visit was accompanied by Patricee Motsepe, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and Sunday Dare, minister of youth and sports.

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Ronaldo’s lone not enough as Young Boys beat Man U 2-1 in Champion League opener

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored again for Manchester United, but they were beaten 2-1 by Young Boys in their Champions League opener after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card.

Despite playing with 10 men 55 minutes, it looked like a solid defensive display would see United come away with a point.

But a late error from Jesse Lingard allowed Jordan Pefok (90+5) to slot home the winner with the final kick of the game.

Man Utd had been heavy favourites heading into the game, and made the perfect start as Ronaldo – who went level with Iker Casillas on all-time Champions League appearances (177) – slotted through David Von Ballmoos’ legs inside 13 minutes.

But the complexion of the match-up was changed in the 35th minute as Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red for a heavy and clumsy challenge on Christopher Martins.

 

 

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Lukaku scores in Chelsea slim Champion League victory

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Romelu Lukaku’s second-half header saved an under-par Chelsea as they began their Champions League defence with a 1-0 win over Zenit at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku brilliantly headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s deep cross (69) for his fourth goal in four appearances back at Chelsea, in a game where the European champions struggled to create clear-cut chances and one manager Thomas Tuchel admitted was “not easy” for Lukaku.

Zenit nearly grabbed an equaliser late on as sub Artem Dzyuba failed to convert at the far post with the goal gaping, summing up a nervy and at times frustrating opening night in Group H for Tuchel’s side.

With Juventus winning 3-0 at Malmo, Chelsea sit second in their group, before going to the Italian side on September 29 for matchday two. Tuchel’s side remains unbeaten this season after five games in all competitions.

 

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