Manchester City have added the FIFA Club World Cup (FCWC) to their trophy cabinet, after becoming UEFA Champions League winners for the first time in June, with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Copa Libertadores holders Fluminense at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.
City took the lead in the opening minute, with a turnover high up the pitch from veteran Marcelo leaving Flu exposed as Nathan Aké drove toward goal and unleashed a fierce strike that was tipped onto the post by Fábio, yet there was nothing the 43-year-old could do to stop Julian Ålvarez’s improvised chest down into an empty net.
It looked like the scores would have been levelled when Ederson brought down Germán Cano in the box, only for play to be brought back for offside. Pep Guardiola’s side however doubled the lead on the half-hour mark, when Rúben Dias fizzed a ball into Phil Foden, whose attempted pass was inadvertently looped into his own net by a sliding Nino. A bystander for much of the half, Ederson produced a stunning reaction save to deny Jhon Arias’ header before Jack Grealish forced a stop from Fábio to conclude the first period.
The Etihad side were firmly in control after the break resulting in a third goal with Foden forcing a save out of the Brazilian stopper before finding the net in the 72nd minute with a sliding finish from Álvarez’s pick-out. City rounded off the scoring when Álvarez netted his second, displaying a neat touch before driving low into the corner.
City have now won 18 of their last 23 cup fixtures (D3, L2), picking up four trophies during that period. Victory sees Guardiola’s side write themselves into the history books, becoming the first English club to simultaneously hold the Premier League, UCL, UEFA Super Cup, and the FCWC titles.