Manchester City wins the Champions League for the first time and completes the treble by defeating Inter Milan 1-0.Manchester City won the Champions League for the first time on Wednesday, defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium, becoming the second English team to complete the treble.
Rodri’s goal in the 68th minute on Saturday completed the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners’ treble of trophies this season.
While this is City’s first title in European football’s most prestigious club competition, it is Pep Guardiola’s third as a coach.
Despite losing inspirational midfielder Kevin De Bruyne to injury in the first half, City won.
Erling Haaland, who has 52 goals this season, remained goalless for the sixth time in a row, but City still had enough to beat opponents who were never expected to come this far in the first place.
The triumph means that City has finally achieved its goal of reaching the pinnacle of European football, 15 years after Abu Dhabi’s ruling family converted the club into one of the wealthiest in the world.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the club’s owner, was present to witness City’s triumph. It was only the second time in 15 years that he had seen his team in person.
Rodri gathered Bernardo Silva’s cutback and blasted through a congested penalty box to give City the lead.
As he sprinted toward City’s fans and sank to his knees in ecstasy, his relief was palpable.
Romelu Lukaku had a late chance to equalize but headed straight at Ederson from four meters out.
Within minutes of the goal, Inter almost equalized when Federico Dimarco hit the crossbar from close range.
He then appeared to be turning in the rebound, but his attempt was deflected by teammate Lukaku.
It completed City’s treble, becoming them only the second English team to do so after Manchester United in 1999 when they also won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
“Unbelievable night, I’m so happy. Difficult to put into words. I think today we made history,” City captain Ilkat Gundogan told BT Sport.
“It was clear it was going to be difficult for both teams. We weren’t our best in the first half. It was a 50-50 game. One goal made the difference as it often does in finals. We feel very fortunate it was for us.
“We knew everyone was talking about the treble. The pressure was there but I think this team is built to handle pressure in the best possible way.”
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