Manchester City are European champions for the first time

Manchester City

Rodri’s super strike earns Manchester City their first Champions League trophy, beating hard-fighting Inter Milan by a lone goal in Istanbul on Saturday.

After a goalless and cagey first half, City needed a magician to breach the solid Inter’s defence and Rodri was the man to do so on 68 minutes.

Bernardo Silva slipped the ball to Rodri on the edge of the box and he found the right side of the net with a great effort.

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Earlier on 27 minutes, Erling Haaland had time and space inside the box after picking up a neat pass, but his shot towards the left side of the goal was brilliantly saved by Andre Onana.

On 70 minutes, Inter had the opportunity to equalise but City were lucky.

Federico Dimarco had a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the wing, but his header from the six-yard box was not accurate enough and the ball glanced away off the bar.

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On 78 minutes, Phil Foden zig-zagged his way into the box and drilled a low shot towards the right post, but the goalkeeper pulled off a superb stop.

A header by Romelu Lukaku on 89 minutes from very close range went straight at Ederson, who made a nice save.

On added time Robin Gosens jumped inside the box to meet the resulting corner and steered his header into the roof of the net, but the goalkeeper pulled off an astonishing save to deny him.

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