Champions League final result and reaction after City seal historic treble

Rodri fired the winning goal as Manchester City finally claimed Champions League glory and completed the treble with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Inter Milan.

The midfielder rifled home in the 68th minute as the Premier League winners City wore down the Italians in a draining final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

The contest was a tight one, with City suffering a serious blow in pursuit of the prize that has eluded them for so long when they lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury in the first half. The prolific Erling Haaland was also kept quiet by a stubborn Inter side but Rodri eventually made the breakthrough with a firm strike after a Bernardo Silva pass was deflected into his path.

It capped a momentous season for City having also won the FA Cup as well as a fifth Premier League title in six years. Their success means they also join rivals Manchester United as the only side to have won all three of those trophies in the same season. It meant mission accomplished for owner Sheikh Mansour, who was present in Istanbul at only his second match since purchasing the club in 2008 and subsequently propelling them to the game’s top table. Manager Pep Guardiola could also celebrate Champions League success again 12 years after the second of his two wins as Barcelona boss.

Relive the Champions League final below:

Champions League final LIVE

Man City beat Inter Milan 1-0 in the Champions League final in Istanbul to complete the treble

Rodri scores second-half goal to win the Champions League for the first time in City’s history

REPORT: Man City secure landmark Champions League victory that stretches beyond historic treble

FULL-TIME! Man City 1-0 Inter Milan

89’ – SAVE! Ederson with an incredible close-range save from Lukaku’s header (MCI 1-0 INT)

70’ – CROSSBAR! Dimarco’s header drops on to the bar and follow-up accidentally blocked by Lukaku (MCI 1-0 INT)

68’ – GOAL! City finally break the deadlock as Rodri curls the ball home (MCI 1-0 INT)

35’ – INJURY! De Bruyne forced off in another Champions League final through injury (MCI 0-0 INT)

27’ – SAVE! Haaland forces Onana into a close-range save (MCI 0-0 INT)

6’ – CLOSE! Bernardo curls just wide (MCI 0-0 INT)

Manchester City FC 1 – 0 FC Internazionale Milano

REPORT: Man City secure landmark Champions League victory that stretches beyond historic treble

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It didn’t quite happen in the way expected, but Manchester City of course made it inevitable. The English champions have finally become the European champions to complete a treble and also bring a long-term Abu Dhabi project to its culmination. At least of this stage of it. After a 1-0 win over Internazionale that will offer a release as much as relief, it’s hard not to think they could go on and win it again and again, confirming Pep Guardiola as the greatest coach of all time.

The Catalan already has a strong claim to that, after at last winning his third Champions League, a full 12 years after his second.

There was no overthinking this time, even if a defiant and proud Internazionale did make City worry for long periods of the game.

That also ensured City had to fight, in a way they haven’t been used to over three months when they have looked the closest team to football perfection the game has ever seen. This wasn’t that. The manner of victory was instead fitting in its own way as a passing midfielder in Rodri scored the goal that City will now replay and rejoice in as much as Sergio Aguero’s in 2012.

Red Miguel Delaney’s full report from the Ataturk Stadium:

Man City’s landmark Champions League victory stretches beyond historic treble

Pep Guardiola delivers message to Uefa and Fifa after Champions League win

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has delivered a message to Fifa and Uefa about the length of the season in the aftermath of Man City’s Champions League win.

Guardiola told BT Sport: “[I’m] tired. Calm. Satisfied. It’s so difficult to win it.

“They are really good. Be patient, I said at half-time. You have to be lucky. Ederson or they miss it, they could draw. This competition is a coin. It was written in the stars. It belongs to us.

“We weren’t at our best level. After the World Cup the team made a step forward and we were there. It wasn’t our best performance.

“I don’t have any energy to think about next season, it’s impossible. We need a break, it’s too long. Our players have international games now. Uefa and Fifa, think about it. The Premier League finished two or three weeks ago, now people have to come back. It’s too much. We will start from zero next season.

“We’re going to celebrate in the hotel with family and friends. Monday the parade is in Manchester. With this competition, the treble is so difficult.”


Kyle Walker discusses what he said in the changing room

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Kyle Walker had to deal with being dropped for the final, as Pep Guardiola only had him on the bench. But as a member of the leadership group, he still delivered a message to his teammates.

Walker said to BT Sport: “I’m over the moon. I’m rarely speechless. My dream has come true, to achieve this with this club. To achieve a Treble is unbelievable.

“I’m always going to be disappointed when I’m not playing but I’m 33. My example sets to the younger lads. I made a speech before they went out. This club means so much to me. To experience what I’ve experienced, I’m forever in debt.

“I said ‘my dream is in your hands’. No pressure. You can’t say Inter deserved it more than we did or we deserved it more than they did. We’re both here by merit. There has to be a loser.

“Emotions played a part. The occasion is obviously going to get to you. I got a silver one last time so to get a gold one is fantastic.

“I’m living the dream. My mum and dad are in the stands. From where I come from in Sheffield it’s not easy. I remember when my mum didn’t have a pound for the ice cream van. To have this with them, I’m so thankful.”

Kevin De Bruyne discusses disappointment of injury

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Talk about mixed emotions for Kevin de Bruyne. He finally achieved his goal of winning the Champions League but for the second time in the European final, he was forced off injured early on.

De Bruyne told BT Sport: “It’s been a hard two months for me, with my hamstring, it snapped, it’s a shame, I felt good in the first half an hour, the team was good enough and we won.

“It’s amazing, we’ve been working so long for this, for the club and everything we did as a team, we’ve not lost in the Champions League this year. It wasn’t the best game, but it’s time to celebrate.”

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‘It’s a pleasure to be a part of this team’, says John Stones

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John Stones was pivotal to Man City’s victory this season and he’s been a key cog over the past few months as he becomes more of a midfielder under Guardiola.

He spoke about the emotions of the victory to BT Sport.

Stones said: “It was the thing we were missing, it’s a pleasure to be part of this team. Only the second time to do it, the treble, I’m so pleased.

“I’m holding words back because I’m on camera, put it that way. We set the bar high now. After this season, from where we were in the Premier League, to bring it back, win the FA Cup, and then here, on a difficult night, I can’t put it into words.

“I played more as a No 8 today, I loved it, I’m still learning, I’m not the best in there, but I gave it my everything, got on the ball and tried to make things happen.

“I think I’ve got doping, so it’s a great start to my night!”

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Ilkay Gundogan reacts to winning the Champions League

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Captain Fantastic Ilkay Gundogan chats to BT Sport after skippering Man City to their first-ever Champions League title. He’s been brilliant over the past few weeks

“Today we made history,” Gundogan said. “It was clear it was going to be difficult, we weren’t at our best. We had a couple of good chances. We had to do better after the second one, it was a 50-50 game. One goal made a difference. We feel very fortunate it was for us.”

Manchester City lift the Champions League trophy

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Here’s the moment that Man City achieved their long-held dream and finally lifted the Champions League trophy. What a moment this was – the players and manager were drinking this in.

Man City win the Champions League

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The players are walking up for the trophy presentation now. Most players touch or kiss the trophy on the way past having received their medals. They’ve waited a long time for this moment.

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Man City vs Inter Milan player ratings: Ederson and Rodri earn Champions League glory

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Manchester City are European champions at last, having beaten Inter Milan 1-0 at the Ataturk Stadium to lift the Champions League trophy.

As was expected to be the case, the Premier League team dominated play and created more chances, but their Serie A opponents fought relentlessly and kept them at bay for long stretches – only for Rodri to fire home the winner midway through the second half.

Here are the player ratings from the Ataturk Stadium.

Player ratings as Ederson and Rodri earn Champions League glory

Jack Grealish discusses the Man City victory

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A clearly emotional Jack Grealish has discussed the incredible Man City win, barely holding back tears as he spoke to BT Sport.

“It’s what you work your whole life for. Today I was awful. To win the treble with this group, it’s so special,” Grealish said. “I’m a family person, I love football so much, it’s what I worked for all my life.

“You think back to all the people who have helped me all the way. It’s emotional.

[On Pep Guardiola] : “He’s a genius, I said, ‘I want to thank you, buying me for all that money,’ last year I was playing crap, but he stuck with me.”

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“Tonight, the Manchester rain will taste like champagne!”

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Oasis frontman and huge Man City fan Noel Gallagher provided a quote about his club potentially winning the Champions League. “Tonight, the Manchester rain will taste like champagne!”

Rodri reacts to winning the Champions League

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“I’m emotional, it’s a dream come true. We’ve waited all these years, 20, 30, 40… I’ve only been here four years but we all deserve it. Last year we were so close. It’s unbelievable,” Rodri told BT Sport.

“It wasn’t easy, what a team we face, the way they defend and counter attack, they are a great team. We give everything.

“What an effort from everybody, I was playing s*** to be honest in the first half but I scored a goal, unbelievable. We didn’t expect to play well like always, the emotions are there. We performed like animals. We made history. This group, this project is to have more and more ambition, these moments may never happen again.”

Man City 1-0 Inter – City win the Champions League

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Those saves from Ederson at the end were incredible. For all the comments that he’s a new-age goalkeeper who plays so well with his feet, it was the old-school keeping the ball out of the net that he came up with at the key moments. Superb.



FULL-TIME! Man City 1-0 Inter

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What a game, what a win for City, what a season. They’ve matched city rivals Manchester United’s 1999 effort by claiming a treble. Unreal.

FULL-TIME! Man City 1-0 Inter

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90+6’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Dimarco crosses and it’s SAVED! Another great save by Ederson, tipped away. And that’s it!

90+5’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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A last cross for Inter by Bellanova. It’s out for a corner! Everyone up including goalkeeper Onana. One last chance.

90+5’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Into the final few seconds. I think City are going to do this…

90+4’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Great goalkeeping by Ederson, who rises above four men to cleanly claim the ball that’s pumped into the box. Old-school, top-quality goalkeeping.

90+3’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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A little push from Haaland and it’s an Inter free-kick out on the right. Dimarco puts it in, headed clear to Barella on the edge of the box – he swipes a foot at it but it flies wide.

Ederson then given a yellow card for time-wasting at the goal-kick.

90+2’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Here’s that potentially Champions League-winning, treble-securing save from Ederson. So important.

Only around three minutes left now. Haaland and Onana have a bit of beef, both men booked

90’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Poor from Lukaku who takes the wrong decision as he shoots and the ball skews well wide.

Five minutes of added time shown! Can City hold on?

89’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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SAVE! Was that the moment for Inter?! An unreal stop by Ederson

Bellanova whips the ball in from the right, Gosens heads it down to Lukaku who is five yards out and he has to score! But his header is somehow saved by the legs of Ederson, not sure how much he knew about it but his knee keeps it out! The ball then cannons off Dias for a corner.

That feels like the chance

87’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Time ticks on. Inter still trying to be patient but Inzaghi is urging them forward from the sidelines.

85’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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City win a corner that Grealish whips in but it’s straight to Onana. Inter have to start throwing bodies forward as we enter the last five minutes of normal time.

84’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Not Lukaku’s finest moment as he goes through the back of Gundogan. No complaints about the yellow card that follows.

Another couple of Inter changes as time starts to drift away. Çalhanoglu and Darmian go off as Mkhitaryan and D’Ambrosio will try to play the hero.

82’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Nearly works as Haaland and Foden try to combine in the box but a swarm of dark blue closes down the space. Bernardo Silva does well to win a free-kick after dribbling out wide to the right.

Onana rises to claim the cross safely. Stones goes down with a ripped shirt, although there wasn’t much in it as he clashed with Gosens. Kyle Walker finally comes on, for Stones as it happens. He’ll try to help them see this out for the final 8 minutes.

79’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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City defend a corner well initially but Çalhanoglu’s ball allows Inter another shot at goal but it’s a long way over.

Man City 1-0 Inter

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This is how close Inter came to equalising! The width of a bar away!

77’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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CHANCE! This game is becoming more and more open now. A lovely drag by Foden and he’s suddenly got space. He shoots at goal but Onana down well to save.

That was a decent chance for the England international.

Man City 1-0 Inter

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Here’s the moment that Rodri calmly put City ahead. What a goal, what a moment!

75’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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Inter are suddenly surging forward now. Martinez gets into a good position and feeds Lukaku but his shot is straight at Ederson.

Kyle Walker getting ready to come on and it’s Manuel Akanji who is coming off. Walker being benched was one of the biggest pre-match calls by Guardiola but he’s got a mammoth job to do now. Actually, they wait to make that switch.

Inter do make changes though.. Bastoni off, Robin Gosens on while Raoul Bellanova is on for Dumfries

70’ – Man City 1-0 Inter

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CROSSBAR! How on earth are Inter not level?!

Dimarco slips behind Akanji and his header loops over a helpless Ederson but drops on to the bar! It comes back out to him but his follow-up header is unwittingly blocked by Lukaku six yards out. It was going in!

GOAL! Man City 1-0 Inter (Rodri 68’)

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For the first time, gaps start to appear in the Inter defence. Akanji slips a gorgeous ball through to Bernardo whose cutback from the byline deflects off a defender but falls for Rodri 14 yards out and he hammers it into the corner. Great technique and a massive moment.

67’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Great defending by Bastoni! He nicks the ball away from Haaland with the Norweigan in an incredibly dangerous position ont he edge of the box. Sterling work.

66’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Here was Guardiola when Martinez nipped in after the Ederson-Akanji mix-up. He had visions of 1-0 Inter flashing through his head…

65’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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The corner comes to nothing as the referee gives a free-kick against City for Stones pulling down Bastoni. Six of one, half a dozen of the other, as they say – both men were all over each other.

63’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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A promising counter for City, maybe a bit more pace is the way to go? Rodri has Stones on the overlap on the right, feeds him and his cross is blocked out for a corner. Haaland was lurking at the back post there!

62’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Akanji looks a bit nervy suddenly after that near disaster and his jitters almost see him give the ball away again. City are getting a bit tense here and that’s all because Inter are frustrating them.

59’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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OVER! City then quickly break after that near disaster and Barella brings down Foden about 30 yards from goal. The first yellow card of the evening handed out.

A dangerous position for the free-kick and a short ball is then whipped into the box but Dias’s header is well over.

58’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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CHANCE! Almost a complete disaster for City!

No communication between Ederson and Akanji as they leave a ball into the channel for each other and Martinez nips in. He’s unmarked in the box but Ederson comes out well and smothers the shot. A let-off. Could Martinez have squared for Lukaku? Possibly, although City players were streaming back

57’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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The longer this game goes, the happier Inter will be with 0-0 and the nervier City will get.

Edin Dzeko goes down, looks like he might be cramping. Either way, he’s being taken off now and Romelu Lukaku enters the fray. A good sub to bring on and adds a different element to Inter’s attack. We expected to see Lukaku around this point.

He immediately wins a header and Inter have an overlap but Akanji does superbly to cover the space and cut out the attempted cross past him.

55’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Great work from Stones on the edge of the Inter box and he then finds Gundogan but the space is closed down and the chance goes by the wayside.

Çalhanoglu then dives in front of Foden and convinces the ref he’s been brought down, so wins the free-kick and Inter can relieve the pressure

53’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Gundogan playing like a terrier now. He goes in hard on Martinez but gets enough of the ball that it’s no foul. Darmian then wipes out Grealish on the left but Foden’s free-kick sails harmlessly through.

51’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Similar pattern in the early going of this second half – City with the ball, Inter pressing high and with intensity. Should City start playing the long ball into Haaland as a traditional No 9 (as they did against Arsenal) to switch up the attacking impetus? The beauty of the Norwegian is he’s more than capable of fulfilling that role.

Great tackle by Gundogan to dispossess Darmian but he gets knocked to the ground by Çalhanoglu for his troubles. He looks a bit winded but gets up and seems to be fine.

48’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Dimarco is down holding his back (and his face, but that’s par for the course in terms of dramatics). There was a minor collision with Bernardo that he’s made a lot of. He’s back up on his feet and hasn’t lost a limb or anything, so he’s all good to continue

46’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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No changes at half-time for either side. Romelu Lukaku feels like Inter’s trump card off the bench. When will they deploy him?

City obviously have the likes of Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez to call upon whenever they deem it necessary.

KICK-OFF! Man City 0-0 Inter

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The teams are back out – Inter return to the field first and City follow after a few final words from Pep Guardiola. Can they find the moment of magic to break Inter down?

Should be a fascinating 45 minutes – we’re back underway in Istanbul.

Man City 0-0 Inter

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Our Senior Football Correspondent Richard Jolly, is also at the Ataturk Stadium. He too has focused on the De Bruyne injury and how City’s other midfielders have struggled.

Rich says: “An underwhelming first half for Manchester City, though Inter can be reasonably satisfied.

“Apart from the anguish for Kevin de Bruyne of his early exit from a second Champions League final, there is also the practical problem that he, unlike most of his teammates, was playing well. Rodri, in particular, has been sluggish, while Ilkay Gundogan has been quiet.

“The general mood has been subdued. All in all, a less dramatic first half than the last one at this ground involving a team from Milan.”

Man City 0-0 Inter

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Our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, is out in Istanbul for this final and has assessed the first half.

Miguel says: “A first half that was probably as good for Inter as they could have possibly hoped. It goes without saying they have made a game of this, when so many predicted a procession.

“They have also played their part in ensuring this isn’t the Manchester City that was unstoppable for the last three months, although it does feel like some of that comes from within Pep Guardiola’s side too. They haven’t necessarily been that bad but they haven’t been themselves and so many touches and passes have been off, either through casualness or maybe a slight nervousness.

“Kevin De Bruyne seemed to be the only player immune to this, playing well, only for such a great player to suffer the sad misfortune of again having to go off injured in a Champions League final. If this game does come down to nerve and psychology, as has been the case so far, that can naturally have more influence – before you even get to De Bruyne’s brilliance.

“Maybe the most telling moment was Guardiola agitatedly telling his players to ‘relax’. He does need to say something different at half-time, which was a requirement no one would have expected before the game.”

Cesc Fabregas assesses the first half

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Cesc Fabregas has given his thoughts on the first half for BT Sport and he’s been impressed (but unsurprised) by the underdogs.

Fabregas said: “It’s a difficult one, I watched Inter a lot, I know they’re not easy to break down. This is a team that knows how to play with and without the ball. When they do, they know how to exploit the spaces.”

Man City 0-0 Inter

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Horrible deja vu for Kevin de Bruyne in that first half. Really unfortunate as he has to go off injured again

HALF-TIME! Man City 0-0 Inter

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Akanji decides to try his luck from 25 yards. Catches it well enough but it’s always rising and flies comfortably over.

And that’s the half-time whistle. Man City have had 61 per cent possession but Inter have been very disciplined in the press and have restricted their genuine chances. The big news is Kevin de Bruyne going off injured – just as he did in the 2021 Champions League final against Chelsea.


45’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Onana slips as he clears the ball and is a bit slow to get up but seems to be fine. Two minutes of added time at the end of this first half.

43’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Grealish wins a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left as Dumfries drags him to the ground. Clear foul.

Dias and Akanji come forward, Foden whips the cross in but it’s too long and Rodri’s attempeted ball back in cannons off Martinez, rebounds on to him and rolls out for a goal-kick.

42’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Here was the moment Kevin de Bruyne was forced off injured. Gutting for the Belgian

41’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Acerbi makes an absolute meal of a minor coming together with Phil Foden. The Englishman unimpressed.

Into the final knockings of this first half and clear-cut chances have been few and far between.

38’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Inter have a first sustained spell of possession in the City half – they strong a few passes together but City maintain their defensive discipline to avoid any issues.

Then back at the other end, a quick city press causes Onana to shank the ball out of play

35’ – Man City 0-0 Inter – De Bruyne taken off injured

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Oh no. De Bruyne signals to the bench and he’s going to have to come off. He looks distraught – a second Champions League final where he’s had to go off early.

Phil Foden comes on. Not a bad replacement at all but you have to feel for De Bruyne. A horrible situation

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32’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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De Bruyne not moving as freely as you’d hope but he’s trying to run it off. City will do everything they can not to sub him off. Foden still ready to come on if needed, fully stripped and ready to go.

29’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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City stepping it up now. De Bruyne shoots from outside the box but it’s straight at Onana. Shortly after, Grealish cuts in from the left but his shot is too weak to properly trouble the Inter goalkeeper.

But this is bad news, De Bruyne down on his haunches and looks uncomfortable. Not sure what’s wrong with him but it would be a huge blow if he had to go off early in another Champions League final. He’ll play on for now, although Foden ready to come on if necessary

27’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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SAVE! The biggest chance of the match for either side and it comes from City! Nice play by Rodri, then De Bruyne slips the ball the charging Haaland who is going away from goal on the left but swings his left boot at it.

Onana stays big and makes the save from close range! But it shows what City can do.

26’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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CHANCE! I tell you what, Ederson looks a bit nervy so far… He plays an errant pass out beyond Stones straight to Barella and he’s well out of his goal.

Barella is about 35 yards out, towards the right of the pitch so although it’s an ‘open goal’ it’s far from easy. His shots is skewed a long way wide but it was on.

25’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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A couple of early puzzles to solve for Pep. But will Inter be able to keep up this level of intensity and pressing for 90 minutes? It feels doubtful. We’ll see.

Nice link-up between Haaland and De Bruyne but the Belgian slips as he tries to take the ball into the box

22’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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A promising start by Inter, who have closed down and hassled City well

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20’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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CHANCE! Dimarco is involved again as he nicks the ball away and surges down the left. He finds Brozovic in-field and the Inter captain takes aim at goal but fires a long way over the top. Another warning shot for the favourites though

19’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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City try to string together a sustained spell of possession and then play that patented long ball up to Haaland. He wins it and sets Grealish into space on the left but Acerbi defends really well and muscles him off the ball.

Inter defend another attack and counter but it peters out.

15’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Inter win a corner but the short-corner routine comes to nothing. Dias then defends really well to nick the ball off Martinez on the edge of the box.

This has been a really promising start for the Italian side Simone Inzaghi will be delighted.

13’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Cesc Fabregas explains City’s set-up so far very neatly. It’s the tactics they’ve been using recently, with John Stones as a hybrid centre-back/No 8

12’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Ederson panics a bit under the press and skews the ball out of play for an attacking throw-in. Dumfries hurls it long into the box but it’s reasonably well dealt with.

Stones then wins a goal-kick, although Calhanoglu wants a foul. Nothing doing.

10’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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A great atmosphere inside the Ataturk Stadium, which is a sell-out. There were some travel woes for fans in the build-up but most supporters seem to have made it. And thank God, nothing like the scenes we saw at last year’s final in Paris between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Inter have their best move of the match so far as Dimarco gets space on the left and whips in a lovely cross but Dias rises well to head away. Promising for the Italians though.

8’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Dumfries playing very high for Inter and pressuring Ake. That will be a fun Dutch-onDutch battle to keep an eye on. City dominating possession as you’d expect.

6’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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CLOSE! That could so easily have been the opening goal! Great work by Bernardo on the right as he cuts into the box and Dimarco keeps backing off. He lets the City man reach the edge of the six-yard box and he curls for goal but it’s inches wide!

Onana was unmoved and unable to do anything about it. That was not good defending from Dimarco

5’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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A swinging arm from Gundogan catches Barella in the back of the head but nothing in it – purely accidental.

Inter are pressing quite high in the early going. A bit surprising really, the consensus was that they’d be a little bit more defence in their set-up. City probably won’t mind this

3’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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First chance for City as De Bruyne plays a nice reverse through-ball to Haaland who gets half a yard of space on the left of the box but lashes his shot over the top

Offside flag was up anyway. Could KdB have played that ball a shade earlier?

2’ – Man City 0-0 Inter

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Decent start by Inter but a stumble from Dzeko sees the ball run harmlessly out for a goal-kick. City calmly build from the back with early touches for the Walker-less back line.

Inter press Ederson but largely leave the defence to it

KICK-OFF! Man City 0-0 Inter

20:01 , Luke Baker

And we’re underway in the 2023 Champions League final! Can Man City complete their destiny, the treble?

Man City vs Inter Milan

20:01 , Luke Baker

Handshakes done. We’re about to get underway in Istanbul

Man City vs Inter Milan

19:59 , Luke Baker

Hamit Altintop places the Champions League trophy on the plinth – it’s what the two teams are playing for. Pianist Adam Gyorgy plays the teams on to the field with the Champions League anthem.

Both teams walking out and we’ll soon get the match underway

(Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)

Man City vs Inter Milan

19:56 , Luke Baker

We’re only about five minutes away from kick-off and the teams are in the tunnel. Jack Grealish looks focused, chewing on a piece of gum but steely-eyed.

Kyle Walker only on the bench for Man City

19:51 , Luke Baker

The BT Sport crew have been discussing how Kyle Walker will feel about being dropped for the final. Pep Guardiola has opted for Ake, Akanji, Dias and Stones as his defensive options

It was probably the main selection decision for Pep ahead of this final

Pep Guardiola gives his pre-match thoughts

19:45 , Luke Baker

Pep Guardiola cutting a relaxed figure in the build-up to the final

WATCH: What tactics can we expect from the sides this evening?

19:41 , Luke Baker

Man City and Inter fans have been Champions League final tactics ahead of the game at an Istanbul festival. Any revelatory insights from the suppporters?

Why is BT Sport being rebranded to TNT Sports? Eurosport merger explained

19:35 , Luke Baker

BT Sport will disappear from television screens in the United Kingdom in July as the channel rebrands to TNT Sports, with Premier League football, Champions League football and Premiership Rugby next season to be shown on the new channel.

BT Sport will still show Manchester City vs Inter Milan in the 2023 Champions League final as one of the final major live events before the rebrand.

The renaming follows the purchase of BT Sport by Warner Bros Discovery, which also owns Eurosport. In time, the two channels will be brought together under the TNT Sports brand, with fans able to watch top football, rugby, tennis and Olympic sport action all under one banner.

For now, though, Eurosport will remain distinct – the channel is the lead rightsholder for the Paris 2024 Olympics in the UK and Ireland.

But what does this mean for subscribers, and what is TNT Sports?

Why is BT Sport being rebranded to TNT Sports?

Erling Haaland interview: ‘I could have scored more with Man City. That’s the truth’

19:31 , Luke Baker

Erling Haaland can bring a certain directness, on and off the pitch. He can scythe a way through defences and, after his most devastating display, cut through the official rhetoric from Manchester City with similar speed. He had just struck five times against RB Leipzig, becoming only the third player to score five goals in a Champions League game, when he came out and said City bought him to win the competition.

It wasn’t the party line, or something Pep Guardiola had ever admitted.

“You say it yourself and it’s true: they won the Premier League without me, they won every trophy without me,” Haaland rationalised. “So I’m here to try to do a thing that the club has never done before and I’ll do my best.” He nevertheless drew a direct link between his own presence and City’s fate in Europe. Haaland burdened himself with expectation. “Of course I feel pressure,” he said. “I would lie if I said I didn’t.”

Thus far, he has dealt with it admirably. Haaland’s awkward start lasted precisely one game, a Community Shield when he had just 16 touches, hit the bar when presented with what almost amounted to an open goal and generated some entertainingly inaccurate predictions about how he would fare.

Erling Haaland interview: ‘I could have scored more with Man City. That’s the truth’

Inter and the impossible task of the Champions League final

19:26 , Luke Baker

When Pep Guardiola and his staff began to properly prepare for this Champions League final, they found something they haven’t really experienced in, well, years.

It has been very difficult to identify patterns or trends in Inter’s play because there don’t appear to be any. During the quarter-final against Benfica, it became clear that the Portuguese side had much more of an idea of play, in that they had an idea at all. Inter’s forward players, by contrast, didn’t seem to be coordinated. There were moments when some would press and some wouldn’t, as if it was completely ad hoc.

A few figures in the game have quipped that it is like something out of the turn of the millennium, or even 1990, and that it certainly shouldn’t be working in 2023. It is most definitely not a product of the pressing-dictated world that Guardiola himself has been so central to creating.

It is not the only way that Inter have defied the norms of the modern game in reaching their sixth Champions League final. They may be one of football’s grandiose names and one of the most successful clubs in the competition’s history, having already lifted the European Cup three times, but they are currently not a “super club” and very far from one of the better eras in their own 115 years of existence. It is actually funny how football works, even as it has changed.

Miguel Delaney gives the lowdown on City’s opponents this evening:

Inter and the impossible task of the Champions League final

Man City’s European final history

19:21 , Luke Baker

Are there good vibes in terms of history for Man City heading into today’s game?

City have only appeared in two previous major European finals, beating Polish side Górnik Zabrze 2-1 in the 1970 Cup Winners’ Cup final, before losing the 2021 Champions League final 1-0 to fellow English side Chelsea.

So, a mixed bag.

England vs Italy in a Champions League final

19:16 , Luke Baker

We all remember what happened when England faced Italy in the Euro 2021 final but what happens when it’s a club match between teams from the country in a Champions League decider?

English and Italian sides have met in four previous European Cup/Champions League finals, with Liverpool always the English team previously.

They won the competition on penalties in 1984 vs Roma and 2005 vs Milan and lost the 1985 and 2007 finals against Juventus and AC Milan respectively.

No history between Man City and Inter

19:11 , Luke Baker

It’s fair to say there’s not much history between Man City and Inter. In fact, there’s none at all.

This is the first-ever meeting between the sides. It’s the first time the first competitive meeting between two sides has been in a Champions League final since Liverpool faced AC Milan in 2005, coincidentally also played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.

The trick that made Erling Haaland the ultimate finisher – in more ways than one

19:04 , Luke Baker

A few months after Manchester City’s last Champions League final, when it became clear there would be no deal for Harry Kane – and, crucially, that no other Premier League club was in for him – one senior executive closed a meeting and the matter with two words.

“Erling Haaland.”

The club decided there and then they were going all in on the Norwegian. Now, mere hours before their next Champions League final, so much comes down to Haaland. He is certainly the player that Simone Inzaghi has been most obsessed with figuring out how to stop.

The 22-year-old is the finisher: his instinct and technique has brought 52 goals in his debut City season. He also represents the final piece of the puzzle in a brilliant team that now stands on the brink of total domination and the culmination of this entire Abu Dhabi project.

The scale of City’s last three months – where the team have simply brutalised their closest rivals as well as any sense of sporting competition – would have been impossible to imagine for most of football history. There’s been no messing about in this run-in, either in terms of Pep Guardiola’s tactics or – consequently – the games. Everything comes from fitting in Haaland. Guardiola knows the No 9 has to go into the team in a specific way, so figures out the team from that.

Read Miguel Delaney’s full insight into how Haaland came to be Haaland:

The trick that made Erling Haaland the ultimate finisher – in more ways than one

Champions League final team news

18:53 , Luke Baker

So, we now know both line-ups and can focus on the key battles. City’s back four of Akanji, Stones, Dias and Ake will need to deal with the threat posed by Dzeko and Martinez. Lukaku is an option to come off the bench as well of course.

Brozovic and Çalhanoglu will also look to dictate play in the middle for Inter but a three-man axis of Rodri, Gundogan and De Bruyne surely make City stronger in that area.

Man City XI: Ederson, Akanji, Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan (c), De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Haaland

Inter XI: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic, Çalhanoglu, Dimarco; Dzeko, Martínez

Inter Milan line-up

18:39 , Luke Baker

Inter have also announced their starting XI, with Edin Dezko and Lautaro Martinez leading the line. That means Romelu Lukaku is only given a place on the bench.

Inter XI: Onana; Darmian, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Brozovic (c), Çalhanoglu, Dimarco; Dzeko, Martínez

Man City enjoying Champions League final experience

18:36 , Luke Baker

The City fans have been revelling in the occasion in Istanbul today

Manchester City line-up

18:35 , Luke Baker

City have announced their starting XI for tonight. It’s pretty much as expected, with Kyle Walker only deemed fit enough for the bench as Manuel Akanji starts at right-back.

Pep appears to have avoided the temptation to overthink it

Man City XI: Ederson, Akanji, Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodri, Gundogan (c), De Bruyne, Bernardo, Grealish, Haaland

Champions League final referee: Who is Man City vs Inter official Szymon Marciniak?

18:27 , Luke Baker

Polish referee Szymon Marciniak is in charge of the 2023 Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul.

Marciniak was given the honour of refereeing the World Cup final in December, which passed largely without controversy. He was the first-ever Pole to referee a World Cup final and his assistants that day in Qatar, compatriots Pawel Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz, are on hand again tonight to run the line.

However, Marciniak has not been without controversy off the pitch. He managed to keep his role in charge of the final after apologising for appearing at a far-right event in Poland last month, having spoken at an event organised by far-right leader Slawomir Mentzen.

He said in a statement: “I want to express my deepest apologies for my involvement and any distress or harm it may have caused.

“Upon reflection and further investigation, it has become evident that I was gravely misled and completely unaware of the true nature and affiliations of the event in question. I had no knowledge that it was associated [with] a Polish extreme-right movement. Had I been aware of this fact, I would have categorically declined the invitation.”

Who is the referee in charge of the Champions League final?

The fresh perspective driving Kevin De Bruyne to Champions League glory

18:18 , Luke Baker

For a footballer who has been voted the best player in the Bundesliga in one season and the Premier League in two more, Kevin De Bruyne could be forgiven for feeling a bit undervalued and underappreciated, writes Richard Jolly. Not by his peers, however, but by his family. It transpires he is not even the most popular player in the De Bruyne household.

His seven-year-old son, Mason, had a kickabout on the Etihad Stadium pitch with his favourite footballer as Manchester City celebrated their Premier League title win. It wasn’t his father. He prefers the man with 52 goals, Erling Haaland, to the one with 28 assists, his dad. “It is not a problem,” said De Bruyne. “All three children have long hair. Erling is a superstar. I see that with the kids at [their] school too. They all have hair like that. It’s funny. My children have all become interested in football this year. They attend more games. They are also starting to play football themselves. My eldest in particular is starting to realise a little more what is going on. He wants to come to games more. He came to see Bayern. He begins to experience and enjoy it more. As long as they like it, it’s okay.”

All of which was a characteristically unflustered response. De Bruyne’s first Champions League final ended abruptly when he was clattered by Antonio Rudiger, leaving him with a broken nose and fractured eye socket. Another might have talked of revenge or lucklessness. Not De Bruyne. “I don’t look at what happened two years ago with bad feelings. You go on, you move on,” he said.

It is why he has been City’s down-to-earth superstar.

The fresh perspective driving Kevin De Bruyne to Champions League glory

Why do Man City fans boo the Champions League anthem?

18:09 , Luke Baker

Manchester City do not have a long and distinguished European history, but Pep Guardiola and his team are hoping to write the first major chapter of that on Saturday evening in Turkey.

The Etihad club head to the Ataturk Stadium to play Inter Milan in the Uefa Champions League final, their second-ever appearance in such a game and aiming for their first-ever victory, having lost two years ago to Chelsea.

Come the end of the evening, supporters will be hoping to begin a massive celebration, not just of lifting this trophy but of completing a treble – with the Premier League and FA Cup already in their locker this term.

But before any thoughts of celebrating, the match has to be won and Inter overcome – and before that can happen, it’s likely that City fans will send an altogether different tone and atmosphere into the night, when the Champions League anthem sounds out ahead of kick-off.

Why do Man City fans boo the Champions League anthem?

Manchester City fans sing on streets of Istanbul ahead of Champions League final

18:00 , Luke Baker

Manchester City fans were jubilant on the streets of Istanbul on Friday night ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Inter Milan.

Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites for the game that could see them crowned European champions for the first time and complete the treble.

“It’s absolutely a dream, yes. To achieve things you always have to have the correct proportion of obsession and desire,” Guardiola, who won the competition twice managing Barcelona, told reporters ahead of the final.

Fire in a building near the stadium

17:53 , Luke Baker

It looks like a building near the Ataturk Stadium where tonight’s final will be hosted is on fire. Fire engines are streaming towards the building to put it out

The smoke is visible from the stadium, as per our Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney, in Istanbul.

The rise, fall and rise again of Inter Milan’s Andre Onana

17:51 , Luke Baker

From goalkeeper of the year to out for a year. From elite to club exile, from No.1 to drugs ban, from sought-after to released on a free.

And all the way back again.

Andre Onana is bidding to hit the pinnacle of the sport and become a European champion, 855 days on from first being handed a ban for a doping violation. It’s a journey which would make some shrink from the challenge or play havoc with their mindset, yet setbacks – which feels too understated of a word – seem part and parcel of the Cameroonian’s career.

Indeed, it’s less that Onana’s story is one of a rise-fall-rise, and more of a non-stop, chaotic rollercoaster which travels an upward trajectory even as the stomach still feels like it’s heading the opposite direction.

And all of this is even before he gets to attempt stopping Erling Haaland and co.

Read more about the rollercoaster career of Inter’s No 1, courtesy of Karl Matchett:

The rise, fall and rise again of Andre Onana

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