Havertz’s first-half goal decided the final in Porto, helping Chelsea seal their second Champions League win.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz paid part of his huge transfer fee as his first-half goal closed out a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday.
The young German, who set the Chelsea record, fixed on Mason Mount’s pass and evaded City goalkeeper Ederson before throwing the ball into an empty net in the 42nd minute.
The Premier League City champions were the favorites before the final, but suffered a desperately disappointing night in Porto in what was their first Champions League final.
Pep Guardiola’s men were never allowed to play their normal fluid game and were unable to respond as a disciplined Chelsea sealed a second Champions League win.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel won the tactical battle against his City counterpart, Guardiola, and his team could have won by more if Timo Werner had converted two golden-tipped chances.
City worked after the break looking for openings and his cause was not helped when game creator Kevin de Bruyne was injured after a head-on collision.
Chelsea survived a seven-minute stoppage time, with Riyad Mahrez approaching agonizingly in the city before the celebrations of Chelsea’s traveling fans could begin.
The London club may have finished fourth in the Premier League, 19 points behind champions City, but this has been their third win against Guardiola’s side in six weeks.
They broke City’s hopes of a national treble when they triumphed in the FA Cup semi-finals in April and then delayed the title celebration with victory in Manchester.
Now, in a final watched by a limited crowd of just over 14,000 fans who created a stark atmosphere, they have denied City the first Champions League crown that both they and Guardiola want.