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UCL: Manchester City are  Champions of Europe first time in history

Sunday Jun 11, 2023 0:10 am

By Asukwo Kingsley
Istanbul,   Sports

Manchester City have become treble winners for the 2022-23 campaign courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in the final of the Champions League on Saturday night.

Rodri’s second-half strike ensured Pep Guardiola’s men became European champions for the first time. Thus they  emulated rivals Manchester United also with a Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup treble.

Meanwhile, their victory tonight means that they have become the eighth European club to win a continental treble and the first English side since Manchester United's famous success in 1999. It is also a first Champions League title for the club, who have cemented their position as the best team in European football.

It is City's first success in Europe's top competition ever. Their only previous success in continental football came in the 1969/70 European Cup Winners' Cup. They were beaten by Chelsea in their only previous Champions League final.

The treble winners won four of their six group stages games alongside goalless draws with Copenhagen and Borussia Dortmund. In all three knockout ties against RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, City secured 1-1 draws away from home and thumped the 14 times holder at the Etihad.

They survived an incredibly nervy game, including the over five agonising minutes of extra time to seal their first ever European Cup.

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