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Five talking points from Manchester City 1-0 Inter Milan
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Toby Rathborne
Manchester City lift the Champions League trophy
Manchester City lift the Champions League trophy

Rodri fired Manchester City to a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan to lift the Champions League trophy and complete a remarkable Treble. 

The Spaniard opened the scoring in the 68th minute when the ball fell to his feet inside the box and he placed his shot past two players to find the back of the net. 

Inter almost levelled when Federico Dimarco's looping header hit the bar before rebounding back to the Italian for a second effort that was blocked by Romelu Lukaku. 

Lukaku then had an opportunity to equalise late but Ederson denied the Belgian to win the Champions League. 

Here are the five talking points from the tightly-contested final in Istanbul.

City win the Champions League

After a number of frustrating years in Europe — City have finally won the Champions League. 

Defeat in the final to Chelsea two years ago and to Real Madrid in the semi-final last term gave Pep Guardiola frustrations in trying to capture this elusive trophy with City. 

However, squad additions and players blossoming under his guidance have finally seen the tactician deliver what he was brought into City for with stunning style.

Treble winners

Champions League triumph means that Manchester City have completed the Treble. 

The Citizens are the second men's team in England to seal the remarkable accomplishment after Manchester United's 1998-99 team. 

It caps off a phenomenal season in which they chased down Arsenal to the Premier League title and won the first-ever Manchester derby FA Cup final. 

Subsequently, Guardiola and his men have written themselves into the history books — joining some of the greatest teams in footballing history.

Rocket from Rodri

Rodri provided the difference in a contest with the finest of margins. 

City struggled to break down a persistent Inter defence until the ball fell to their anchorman. 

The 26-year-old dispatched the opportunity with conviction planting his strike into the right-hand side of the goal. 

Rodri's Champions League final winner is just his second goal in the competition and one that will be remembered forever.

Rodri celebrates his winning goal for Manchester City
Rodri celebrates his winning goal for Manchester City

Pep delivers

Guardiola has had a remarkable reign with the Citizens — and finally delivered a Champions League trophy. 

He got his tactics spot on in keeping Inter's counter-attacking football at bay, with Ruben Dias and John Stones dominating their duels.

He adapted to the injury of Kevin De Bruyne in the first half with Phil Foden as his replacement, who came into a difficult situation and handled the pressure with ease.

Guardiola last won the competition in 2011 with Barcelona after also guiding them to a treble two years earlier — meaning he now becomes the first manager to complete the feat with two different clubs.

Ederson the hero

Ederson made a number of crucial saves for Manchester City
Ederson made a number of crucial saves for Manchester City

Inter Milan missed crucial chances and could not break past City goalkeeper Ederson.

The first big moment came from Dimarco with a header that rebounded off the bar and back to the wing-back — but his second effort was stopped by Lukaku.

Lukaku then had an opportunity of his own when Robin Gosens nodded the ball into Inter's No90 in the six-yard box to head goalwards however Ederson stood strong to save.

Finally in stoppage time a corner into the box found Gosens for a last-gasp effort — but Ederson maintained focus to punch the shot clear and win City the Champions League.


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