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Christian Pulisic Becomes 1st American to Appear in Men's Champions League Final

Adam WellsMay 29, 2021

Chelsea's American midfielder Christian Pulisic (R) runs with the ball as Manchester City's English defender John Stones (L) chases him during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium in Porto on May 29, 2021. (Photo by Manu Fernandez / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MANU FERNANDEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MANU FERNANDEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Christian Pulisic had a lot to celebrate Saturday during the UEFA Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City. 

The 22-year-old became the first American to play in a Champions League final when he was inserted as a sub in the 66th minute:

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HISTORY MADE<br><br>Christian Pulisic becomes the first American to play in the men's Champions League final 👏 pic.twitter.com/DN6taWIycl

Pulisic came within an eyelash of adding to his legend by scoring a goal, but his attempt was just wide of the net:

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Thomas Tuchel reacting to Christian Pulisic's miss 🙈 pic.twitter.com/lGLY2IdpKo

Even though the reaction in that moment was one of distress, Pulisic ended the day in a state of euphoria when the Blues held on for a 1-0 win over City. 

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The moment Christian Pulisic became the first male American to play in and win a European Cup 🏆 pic.twitter.com/XD7ahuTkiP

Pulisic became the second American to win a UEFA Champions League title. Jovan Kirovski was the first as a member of Borussia Dortmund in 1996-97. 

Chelsea finished the Champions League season unbeaten. It won Group E with a 4-2-0 record to advance to the knockout stage. 

The Blues beat Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid to earn a date with Manchester City in Saturday's final. 

Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League title for the second time in club history. Pulisic contributed two goals and two assists in the 10 matches he played.