Brilliant 69th minute strike from Rodrigo sealed a dramatic and hard fought 1-0 victory during Man City vs Inter Milan at the Ataturk Stadium

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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A brilliant 69th minute strike from Rodrigo sealed a dramatic and hard fought 1-0 victory during Man City vs Inter Milan at the Olympic Ataturk Stadium to ensure Pep Guardiola's fabulous side were crowned European champions for the first time.

On what was the greatest night in the Club's long, proud 129-year history, victory also set the seal on the Treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League and sparked emotional scenes of unbridled joy amongst players, staff and fans alike here in Turkey.

Fittingly, for what was Pep's 300th victory as City manager, the triumph also saw the visionary Catalan become the first manager in football history to oversee a Treble twice, with Guardiola having also led Barcelona to the unique feat in 2009.

And after a marathon season, that began way back last July, City secured the greatest prize in Club football by marrying the brand of attacking football that has been the hallmark of Guardiola's storied seven-year Etihad reign along with a bucketful of grit and desire

For Pep, it was the 14th and greatest major prize of his incredible City reign. And for those privileged to here in Istanbul to share in the joy along with the army of City fans eagerly watching on from around the world, it was an experience no-one will ever forget.

Man City vs Inter Milan: Match Summary

Situated where Europe collides with Asia, the Olympic Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul made for a wonderful vibrant venue for the biggest match in Club football around the globe.

Thousands of City fans from around the world have travelled over land and sea to lend their phenomenal support and backing to Pep Guardiola's side with Inter's legion of fans also out in force.

It made for an awe-inspiring cacophony of noise and sound.

It was City who made the early inroads with both Erling Haaland and Bernardo Silva letting fly on goal inside the first 10 minutes.

Inter though showed their mettle too with the Italians happy to mix silk and steel as they sought to disrupt City's flow and rhythm with former Etihad favourite Edin Dzeko a real menace.

And there was a heart in the mouth moment when an attempted Ederson clearance only found Barella whose shot was fortunately miscued.

City then carved out our best chance of the game –Haaland finding a fraction of space on the left side of the box and only a smart save from Onana denying our top scorer.

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Haaland's early effort was saved by Onana (Image- Man City)

The cruel and fickle nature of football then reared its head on 37 minutes when injury forced off De Bruyne for the second time in a Champions League final following his facial injury which halted his 2021 appearance, Phil Foden summoned on in the Belgian's place.

Second Half:

The stop start nature of the game continued after the break of Man City vs Inter Milan with the Italians frustrating City with their overtly physical approach.

There was another score on 57 minutes when a mix up between Akanji and Ederson put Lautaro Martinez in space inside the box but Ederson did brilliantly to come out and smother the Argentine's shot.

But City were building some momentum and finally that crucial moment if quality arrived on 69 minutes.

Bernardo was the initial architects powering into the Inter box onto a fine Akanji ball and as his cross was repelled the ball fell to the waiting Rodri on the edge of the box who thumped the a low shot home from 18 yards to spark pandemonium at the City end of the ground.

However there was another heart in the mouth moment at the other end as Dimarco hit the frame of the bar with a header after a scramble in the City box before substitute Lukaku then somehow blocked the defender's goal bound follow up.

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Phil Foden had the chance to double our advantage only to see a 12 yard shot blocked by Onana as the tension reached fever pitch.

And with time almost up Ederson then made an incredible save to deny Lukaku's close range header when a goal appeared almost.

No one had any nerves left after a night that saw us go through all the motions witb Ederson producing another stunning last minute save to secure the crown.

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Foden missed clear chance (Image- Man City)

And it was fitting that HH Sheikh Mansour was also present here in Turkey, attending his first game in person since 2010, to bear witness to the greatest night in the Club's history.

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