Manchester City have won the FIFA Club World Cup title for the first time by beating Fluminense 4-0 at the King Abdullah Sport City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
City took the Copa Libertadores winners apart in an entertaining final at the King Abdullah Sport City on Friday.
Julian Alvarez scored two goals and one assist, Phil Foden scored another goal, and Fluminense’s Nino scored an own goal, leading to a historic victory for the Citizens.
The victory caps off a remarkable 2023 for City, which has seen Pep Guardiola’s rampant side become the first in English football history to hold the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup all at the same time.
City took an early lead through Alvarez after just 39 seconds, capitalizing on a mistake by Fluminense’s defense.
Fluminense had a chance to equalize in the first half through German Cano, but his goal was ruled offside after a VAR review.
City doubled their lead shortly after through an own goal by Fluminense captain Nino, and could have added more before halftime with several chances.
The second half was less eventful, but City sealed the win with a third goal from Foden in the 71st minute.
The victory marks a historic moment for Manchester City, who won their first-ever FIFA Club World Cup.
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Pep Guardiola’s reign at Manchester City has been a trophy-laden success story. Since 2016, he has amassed a staggering 16 trophies, including five Premier League titles, a Champions League, and numerous domestic cups.
This remarkable achievement has rewritten the club’s history and cemented Guardiola’s place as a legendary manager.
City will now fly back to Manchester and begin preparations for Wednesday’s Premier League fixture away at Everton.
In our final domestic game before departing for Jeddah, City lost a two-goal lead to draw at home to Crystal Palace – our third Premier League home draw in succession. As it stands today, City are fourth in the table with work to do.
Despite a 10-point deduction, Everton currently sit 16th in the table and are in excellent form having won four Premier League games on the spin in December thus far.