Manchester City beat Fluminense in the Club World Cup final

Photo of Manchester City wins the Club World Cup final over Fluminense.

Manchester City, in a largely dominated encounter, won the Club World Cup for the first time ever on Friday, beating Marcelo-led Fluminense 4-0. The performance put City on the map, making them the first English team to win the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup simultaneously in the same year.

In their debut at the Club World Cup, Pep Guardiola’s squad easily controlled the match against the Brazilian side Fluminense, securing a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the final. Marcelo and his team found no openings in the early stages, with Julian Alvarez scoring the fastest goal in the history of the tournament within the initial 40 seconds.

Exploiting a subpar clearance from Marcelo, Nathan Aké attempted a shot from the edge of the penalty area, striking the right post of Fabio’s goal. Alvarez seized the rebound, directing the ball into the net with his chest.

The opening goal for City occurred when defender Nino scored an own goal in the 27th minute. While trying to intercept Phil Foden’s cross, the Brazilian accidentally deflected the ball into his own net. Foden later added the third goal of the match in the 72nd minute, converting a precise toe-poke after connecting with Julian Alvarez’s powerful cross.

Manchester City secured the victory as Julian Alvarez completed a brace in the 88th minute. The Argentinian received a superb assist from Kyle Walker, skillfully evaded Andre in the midfield with a feint, and finished the play with a cross-shot.

Manchester City emerged triumphant over Fluminense in the Club World Cup final, showcasing their prowess on the global stage. The match, marked by City’s strategic brilliance and clinical execution, culminated in a well-deserved win that solidifies their status as a dominant force in international football. This historic achievement adds another illustrious chapter to Manchester City’s legacy, underscoring their ability to excel on the grandest of stages and etching their name in the annals of football history.


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