Ilkay Gundogan’s stunning brace led Man City to a thrilling 2-1 victory over cross-city rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
The win also gave Pep Guardiola’s men a chance to match Manchester United’s treble-winning feat of 1999 in the Champions League final against Inter Milan next week.
Gundogan opened the scoring for City with a record-breaking goal just 12 seconds into the game, smashing a right-footed volley from 22 yards past United goalkeeper David De Gea.
City had chances to increase their lead, but United drew level against the run of play when Bruno Fernandes converted from the spot after VAR awarded a penalty for a handball against Jack Grealish.
In the second half, Gundogan struck again with a superb volley from the edge of the box, which proved to be the match-winner.
City dominated the remainder of the game, but were unable to add to their lead. United had a chance to equalize in stoppage time, but the ball hit the bar and went over.
The victory was City’s seventh FA Cup triumph, and their second domestic trophy of the season after winning the Premier League.
Guardiola’s side will now turn their attention to the Champions League final in Istanbul, where they will look to complete a historic treble.
As for Manchester United, it was a disappointing end to a promising first season under manager Erik ten Hag.
The Red Devils hit the woodwork in stoppage time, but were unable to force a second equalizer. United will now look to regroup and strengthen their squad in the summer to challenge for silverware next season.
The all-Manchester final provided a fitting end to the domestic season, with both teams producing an enthralling display of attacking football.
Gundogan was undoubtedly the star of the show, producing a performance that will live long in the memory of City fans.
The German midfielder has been a key player for Guardiola this season, and his heroics in the FA Cup final have further cemented his status as one of the best midfielders in the world.