Manchester City win 2023/24 UEFA Champions League

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Manchester City beat Inter on Saturday night to win the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history and complete an iconic treble.

Pep Guardiola’s side triumphed 1-0 at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Rodri’s second-half lightning strike proving the difference.

They survived an incredibly tense final third of the match – including more than five agonizing minutes of stoppage time – to seal their first ever European Cup.

They are the first team in Europe to complete the league, cup and league treble since Bayern Munich in 2019/20, becoming the second English team after Manchester United to do so.

The Citizens trailed Arsenal in the Premier League title race and eventually finished five points ahead of the Gunners before beating Man Utd in the FA Cup final thanks to two goals from Ilkay Gundogan.

It is City’s first ever success in Europe’s top competition. Their only previous success in continental football came in the 1969/70 European Cup Winners’ Cup. They were beaten by Chelsea in their only previous Champions League final.

The three-time winners won four of their six games in the group stage alongside goalless draws with Copenhagen and Borussia Dortmund. In all three knockout games against RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, City secured 1-1 draws away from home and resounding victories at the Etihad.

City were led by Erling Haaland’s 12 goals in the competition, with no other member of the squad scoring more than three goals. Kevin De Bruyne added six assists.

No City player in the matchday squad has previously won the Champions League [just check] and it’s manager Pep Guardiola’s first success in the competition since 2011 as it was his first UCL crown outside of Barcelona.

The win also completes a historic quadruple for Julian Alvarez, who was also part of Argentina’s success at the 2022 World Cup. No other player has previously won the World Cup, Champions League and domestic league and cup competitions in the same season.

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