Ataturk Stadium’s cagey match between a far-from-fluent City and the three-time champion Italian team was settled by Spanish midfielder Rodri’s goal in the 68th minute. Romelu Lukaku, Inter’s substitute, nearly tied the game with a point-blank header that Ederson turned away. However, City, who fell to Chelsea in the championship game two years ago, would not be dissuaded. “Emotional. a reality check. These people have all been waiting for whatever many years around here. We deserve it, and they deserve it, Rodri remarked.
Gündogan Ilkay 7 Little impact until his recognizable, padded feet were spotted towards the right. After the break, the captain colliding with Martnez demonstrated the struggle City was facing. 1. Jack Grealish Dumfries, who may have been directed to get after the elusive winger who was always willing to track back, clobbered him in the back. Haaland, Erling 6 Will the striker care that he made a strong angle shot at Onana in the first half and was careless with the ball despite drawing another blank? No.
The first half saw City stifled, and their fans’ frazzled nerves at times brought them to near quiet. When Kevin de Bruyne was injured, City struggled to make plays and were shaky defensively, but in the end, Rodri saved them. The Spaniard stroked home Bernardo Silva’s cutback because Inter, for once, was unable to seal off the openings. Even so, City had to play it out to the very end of a long season after Lautaro Martinez struck the crossbar for Inter and Romelu Lukaku was stopped by an outstanding Ederson save. Champions League Final
NEAR-MISSES Guardiola became the first manager to accomplish two trebles in European football after leading Barcelona to the Spanish equivalent in 2009. Guardiola eventually led Manchester City to the European crown they so coveted after a few heartbreaking near misses since Sheikh Mansour bought the club in 2008. Since taking over in 2016, he has led City to 12 victories, and the Champions League curse has been broken, so any sense of inferiority that City may have felt toward the established European royalty of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool has vanished.
Erling Haaland, the person with whom he has caused so much havoc this season, was the first to approach him and express his sympathy. A gentle pat on the chest, a word or two spoken in his ear, and an arm over the shoulder. Ilkay Gundogan, the captain of Manchester City, walked over to comfort his midfield partner a short while afterwards. Nathan Ake did the same after that.
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