Manchester City wins the Champions League for the first-time

Manchester City wins the Champions League for the first-time
Manchester City squad and support staff after winning the UEFA Champions League 2023. Image Source: Twitter @ManCity

In a close Champions League final, Manchester City defeated Inter Milan 1-0 to win the trophy for the first time and complete the treble.

Since its rivals Manchester United in 1998–1999, Manchester City is the only English team to win the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League all in the same year.

At the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, midfielder Rodri scored the winning goal in the 68th minute to give Manchester City the victory and the trophy.

Sheikh Mansour, the owner of City, was present for the club's first Champions League championship, a major goal since the Abu Dhabi takeover 2008. It was his first competitive City match in nearly 13 years.

After Kevin De Bruyne suffered an injury in the first half, the victory was certain. The Belgian player, who had to leave the 2021 Champions League final against Chelsea early due to injury, was replaced by Phil Foden after 35 minutes.

After an hour-long goalless period, Manuel Akanji found Bernardo Silva, who advanced to the byline and sent a cutback to Rodri, who quickly finished the goal-scoring play.

Romelu Lukaku was denied in the closing moments by City goalkeeper Ederson, who also made another stop in what was essentially the game's final play.

Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League three times as a manager, but this was his first triumph since winning it with Barcelona in 2011. It is his second treble; his first came with Barcelona in 2009. After City lost to Chelsea in 2021, it was his fourth final as a coach.

The team and Guardiola will return to Manchester on Monday night to present the three trophies in a ceremony, the club has revealed.