MANCHESTER City defeated Inter Milan 1-0 in a tense final in Istanbul, Turkey tonight to secure their first-ever UEFA Champions League title.
Rodri scored the only goal of the match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium to complete the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League for Manchester City.
After a scrappy first half in which underdogs Inter Milan were the more impressive side and stopped City from their usual fluid football, the goal came in the second period.
The second half was following the pattern of the first, with both teams cancelling each other out until the 68th minute when Rodri made the difference.
The Spain midfielder, who was inexplicably left out of the starting line-up when City lost the 2021 final to Chelsea, powerfully side-footed the ball home through a crowd of bodies from the edge of the box to send his club’s section of the stadium into a frenzy as.
Inter Milan responded impressively after the goal and had two very good opportunities to equalise.
First, Federico Dimarco’s looping header came off the crossbar, then Romelu Lukaku headed straight at City goalkeeper Ederson from point-blank range as time ran out and City completed the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League treble.
City manager Pep Guardiola made history for himself with the win, becoming the first manager in European football history to complete the treble twice.
The 52-year-old Spaniard had also claimed the LaLiga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble with Barcelona in 2009.
This Manchester City treble is the second ever in England, with the first one achieved by Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999.