UCL final: Man City possess, Chelsea lead at half time

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Search the siManchester City have the higher ball possession in the first half of their Champions League final encounter against Chelsea.

 

However, Chelsea lead 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Kai Havertz in the 43rd minute.

 

According to Livescore’s stat, City have 53 per cent ball possession against their opponents who have 47.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea lost experienced defender Thiago Silva to an apparent groin injury on 39 minutes, shortly before Havertz put Thomas Tuchel’s side ahead.

 

Chelsea are attempting to win a second Champions League title after their 2012 triumph, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are appearing in the final for the first time.

 

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy will become first African goalkeeper to win a Champions League title, in its current form, if Chelsea beat Manchester City in tonight’s final.

 

 

According to records, Zimbabwe’s Bruce Grobbelaar won the titles during the European Cup era in 1984 with Liverpool.

 

As far back as 37 years ago, Zimbabwe goalkeeper Grobbelaar became the first African player to feature in a European Cup final, with the Liverpool stopper influential as the Reds defeated AS Roma on penalties in 1984.

 

He was almost a two-time winner, only for Liverpool to fall short against Juventus in the 1985 final.

 

Mendy’s Senegal countryman Tony Sylva, understudy to Flavio Roma in the AS Monaco team that were defeated by Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto in the 2005 final, was the next African keeper who came closest to the title.

 

For Sylva, the presence of role models — pioneering Cameroon goalkeepers Joseph-Antoine Bell and Thomas N’Kono — was a key reason why he believed that a career in Europe as a goalkeeper was possible as a youngster.

218 Comments

  1. Search the siManchester City have the higher ball possession in the first half of their Champions League final encounter against Chelsea.

    However, Chelsea lead 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Kai Havertz in the 43rd minute.

  2. Chelsea are attempting to win a second Champions League title after their 2012 triumph, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are appearing in the final for the first time.

    Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy will become first African goalkeeper to win a Champions League title, in its current form, if Chelsea beat Manchester City in tonight’s final.

  3. Chelsea are attempting to win a second Champions League title after their 2012 triumph, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are appearing in the final for the first time

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