Rodri Strikes Man City To Champions League Glory & Seal Treble. Rodri was the unlikely hero as Manchester City defeated Inter Milan 1-0 to win the Champions League for the first time and complete an unprecedented treble.
Pep Guardiola’s Premier League winners were far from their flowing best for lengthy stretches in the Ataturk Stadium, but they once again found a way to grind out a tight victory to follow up their FA Cup success over Manchester United last weekend and put an end to their protracted quest for Europe’s top trophy.
In a close first half, the Citizens struggled to impose their normal, powerful game on the Italians, with Erling Haaland having their finest effort superbly stopped by Andre Onana.
Guardiola’s disappointment was heightened when the effervescent Kevin de Bruyne had to pull out from the Champions League final for the second time in a row after appearing to have ruptured his hamstring.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 10, 2023
The trend remained after halftime, but when Lautaro Martinez came near for the Italians, Rodri broke the deadlock on 68 minutes with a stunning strike into the corner.
Federico Dimarco could have equalized for the Nerazzurri two minutes later, but his flying header struck the crossbar, and his follow-up was unintentionally blocked by teammate Romelu Lukaku.
Simone Inzaghi’s side pressed late on but couldn’t produce a goal to force extra time, with Ederson making a stunning late save from Lukaku, as City held on to win their first European trophy since 1970.