Saturday, February 24, 2024

UCL: Man City Beat Inter Milan To Lift Trophy, Win Treble

Spanish midfielder Rodri’s 68th-minute goal settled the only goal of the game, as Manchester City defeated Inter Milan 1-0 to win this year’s Champions League trophy.

The Spaniard’s side-footed finish midway through the second half broke Inter’s resistance. And although Federico Dimarco hit the crossbar with a header before Ederson saved sensationally from Romelu Lukaku, City held on to make history in the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

It is the first time the Premier League club has won the title in their history.

City have now completed the Treble, after overhauling Arsenal to retain the league title and beating Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

This victory saw them match the achievement of their city rivals in 1999.

City manager Pep Guardiola has now won the Champions League three times and took his trophy count with City to 12.

The contest was a tight one, with City suffering a serious blow in pursuit of the prize that has eluded them for so long when they lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury in the first half.

The prolific Erling Haaland was also kept quiet by a stubborn Inter side but Rodri eventually made the breakthrough with a firm strike after a Bernardo Silva pass was deflected into his path.

It capped a momentous season for City having also won the FA Cup as well as a fifth Premier League title in six years.

Their success means they also join rivals Manchester United as the only side to have won all three of those trophies in the same season.

It meant mission accomplished for owner Sheikh Mansour, who was present in Istanbul at only his second match since purchasing the club in 2008 and subsequently propelling them to the game’s top table.

Manager Pep Guardiola could also celebrate Champions League success again 12 years after the second of his two wins as Barcelona boss.

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