Man City vs Fluminense Player Ratings as Álvarez-inspired Man City thrash Fluminense for first Club World Cup

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Pep Guardiola admitted the challenge at King Abdullah Sports City would be a test, but it was the Premier League side who really showed in the final.

Fluminense were stunned inside 40 seconds when Julian Alvarez hit a shot from Nathan Ake that hit the woodwork. It went down as the fastest goal in the final of the competition.

Manchester City’s pressure never let up after the first minute and the Brazilian side, led by Marcelo, simply toyed with more than 90 minutes.

Manager Fernando Diniz will be scratching his head after his side registered just two shots on target and offered no real threats for a potential comeback.

Phil Foden pulled the strings to force an own goal from Nino before Alvarez brilliantly kicked the Englishman wide open in the box for City’s third.

The Argentina star later added another goal with a low drive into the bottom left corner. However, it was not a night full of celebrations for the English club.

Guardiola will be sweating as Rodri suffered a serious ankle injury and was forced off the pitch despite trying to continue.

Manchester City have a poor record without the Spaniard, losing four games in all competitions when he was unavailable.

The win is the club’s fifth title in 2023 and becomes the first English team to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in the same year.

Man City player ratings

GK: Ederson – 6/10 – Bailed out after conceding a penalty but redeemed himself with an excellent save on the stroke of half-time.

RB: Kyle Walker – 6/10 – Excellent pace at the back to help keep Fluminense out. Not a major help going forward but didn’t really need to be.

CB: John Stones – 6/10 – Had very little defending to do and so was gifted plenty of time on the ball to keep City ticking.

CB: Ruben Dias – 6/10 – Played the offside trap to perfection for the penalty incident… or just got lucky.

LB: Nathan Ake – 8/10 – Involved in everything. Really composed defensively when Fluminense attempted to counter but it was his attacking impact and passes into the final third which really caught the eye.

DM: Rodri – 7/10 – Unsurprisingly the hub of everything City did. Sprayed passes all around the pitch and linked up well with Foden ahead of him.

DM: Rico Lewis – 6/10 – A mixed game. Saw plenty of chances to move forward but didn’t always look comfortable when asked to do so.

RM: Bernardo Silva – 7/10 – Excellent work rate to establish himself as City’s lead playmaker out on the right. Passed up the chance to take on Marcelo a little too often but his passes were hardly a waste of possession.

AM: Phil Foden – 8/10 – Found great positions in the hole between midfield and defence and proved to be a real problem. His cross forced the own goal before he bagged his own.

LM: Jack Grealish – 6/10 – Targeted by some rough defending which limited his impact. Caught on camera screaming expletives at Nino.

ST: Julian Alvarez – 9/10 – Alvarez just loves a trophy. Great instincts to convert the opening goal in a lively, dangerous performance which brought another goal and an assist for good measure.

SUB: Mateo Kovacic (61′ for Lewis) – 6/10

SUB: Manuel Akanji (74′ for Rodri) – 6/10

SUB: Josko Gvardiol (74′ for Stones) – 6/10

SUB: Matheus Nunes (81′ for Foden) – N/A

SUB: Oscar Bobb (81′ for Ake) – N/A

Subs not used: Stefan Ortega (GK), Scott Carson (GK), Sergio Gomez, Max Alleyne, Mahamadou Susoho, Kalvin Phillips, Micah Hamilton

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