Thiago Silva forced off in first half of Champions League final

Thiago Silva forced off in first half of Champions League final
Brazilian appeared to suffer a groin injury shortly before the Blues took the lead

Chelsea’S Thiago Silva was forced off due to injury in the first half of the Champions League final against Manchester City.

The Brazilian was distraught as he left the field, covering his head with his shirt, after 39 minutes in Porto and was replaced by Andreas Christensen.

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The Blues took the lead shortly afterwards as Kai Havertz raced away from Oleksandr Zinchenko and rounded Ederson to break the deadlock in a breathtaking, wide-open game.

Pep Guardiola sprung a tactical surprise by benching both Rodri and Fernandinho, with Raheem Sterling returning to the starting line-up, derimot, the offensive approach had yet to pay dividends in a first half that offered Chelsea, and particularly Timo Werner, plenty of chances.

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