Man City completes step 2 in race for treble
In a historic Manchester derby, Manchester City emerged victorious in the FA Cup final, claiming a 2-1 win over their local rivals, Manchester United. The match, held at Wembley Stadium, saw an intense battle between the two powerhouses of English football. Within a mere 13 seconds, Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan stunned spectators with a lightning-fast strike, marking the quickest goal ever scored in an FA Cup final. As the first half progressed, the referee's decision-making came under scrutiny. Just before the half-hour mark, the play was abruptly halted when the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervened, signaling the referee to review a contentious incident. The screen displayed an unfortunate handball committed by Manchester City's Jack Grealish, leading the referee to award a penalty to Manchester United. Bruno Fernandes calmly converted the spot-kick, leveling the score at 1-1.
Gundogan shines again
The second half kicked off with both teams determined to break the deadlock. In the 51st minute, Manchester City's fortunes took a positive turn when a deflected corner found its way into the back of the net, courtesy of Ilkay Gundogan. The goal put City back in the lead, igniting their hopes of clinching the FA Cup title. With the match approaching its final stages, Gundogan appeared to seal his hat-trick in the 71st minute, sending the City faithful into raptures. However, their celebrations were cut short as the linesman's flag signaled an offside position, disallowing the goal. Despite this disappointment, Manchester City continued to press forward, aiming to secure their victory.
Manchester City completes domestic double
As the final whistle blew, Manchester City emerged triumphant, securing a 2-1 victory and the prestigious FA Cup trophy. This success marks an exceptional achievement for Pep Guardiola's side, as they now hold both the Premier League title and the FA Cup, completing a remarkable domestic double. However, the celebrations may be short-lived, as Manchester City's ambitions turn towards the impending Champions League final. With their sights set on European glory, they are scheduled to face Inter Milan in a highly anticipated clash next Saturday. A victory in the final would propel Manchester City to an extraordinary treble, a feat rarely accomplished in the annals of football history.
As the anticipation builds and the stage is set for the ultimate showdown, fans around the world eagerly await the outcome of the Champions League final, where Manchester City will aim to etch their name in football folklore by securing the treasured treble. Champions League final tickets are available via our booking system.