Chelsea's Kai Havertz goal secured a tense 1-0 victory over Manchester City in Porto, shattering Pep Guardiola's dream of lifting the trophy for the third time, a decade on from his last triumph.
Residents in Portugal's Porto are afraid of a massive spike in infections because of the highly contagious British variant as English football fans enjoy the city without wearing masks.
The Blues ousted Los Blancos 3-1 on aggregate after a 2-0 victory in the second leg of their semifinal.
A 1-0 win at West Ham, coupled with Liverpool conceding a stoppage-time goal to draw with lowly Newcastle 1-1 at Anfield, saw Chelsea open up a gap to its two main rivals for a top-four finish in the English Premier League.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham desert plans to join breakaway Super League, imploding the breakaway project after backlash from their supporters and warnings from government.
Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham just six days before they play Manchester City in the League Cup final, the club announced on Monday.
European football's governing body UEFA says players from the 12 major clubs could face international exile while calling splinter league "a cynical project... founded on the self-interest of a few clubs".
Arsenal bounced back from Erik Lamela's stunning Rabona to open the scoring in the north London derby to beat Tottenham 2-1, as Manchester United and Leicester tightened their grip on a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea says it has been a "very difficult decision" to part ways with the 42-year-old, who replaced Maurizio Sarri in July 2019.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have eased fears of being dragged into a relegation battle with a stunning 3-1 win over Chelsea, as Manchester United's Premier League title challenge stumbled after they conceded a late equaliser to draw at Leicester.
Chelsea's second string returned to the top of Premier League 2 after coming back from 2-0 down on 17 minutes to win 3-2 with three second-half goals.
Chelsea beat Leeds United 3-1 in front of 2,000 spectators at Stamford Bridge while Manchester United fought back from a goal down to win 3-1 at West Ham United.
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