Witness the full match replay and highlights of Urawa vs Manchester City. This electrifying encounter is part of the FIFA Club World Cup 2023 Semi Finals. The action kicks off at 18:00 GMT on Tuesday, Dec 19, 2023. Don’t miss the excitement!
Urawa vs Manchester City Full Match Reports
Manchester City gracefully advanced to their inaugural FIFA Club World Cup (CWC) final, effortlessly defeating Urawa Red Diamonds 3-0 in Jeddah. This victory marked the end of an eight-match stretch without a clean sheet in all competitions.
With the prolific Erling Haaland still on the sidelines, Pep Guardiola opted not to deploy a recognized striker in City’s starting XI for their CWC debut. This strategic choice appeared to impede the European champions in the early stages, despite their dominance in possession and territory. Clear-cut chances were scarce, with Matheus Nunes posing the first genuine threat to the Urawa goal. His close-range volley was expertly tipped over the bar by Shusaku Nishikawa, who later diverted Phil Foden’s long-range effort around the post.
However, just as it seemed that Urawa Reds would reach halftime unscathed, they inadvertently conceded in first-half stoppage time. Nunes, finding space on the right, delivered a dangerous low ball across the face of the goal, inadvertently turned into his own net by Marius Høibråten. This unfortunate own goal dealt a cruel blow to the spirited defensive display of the Japanese outfit.
With the deadlock broken, City swiftly found their rhythm after the break. Within six minutes, their lead was doubled as Kyle Walker’s exquisite through ball sent Mateo Kovačić through on goal, and the Croatian international calmly rifled home his first goal for the club. The floodgates seemed ready to open, and only Nunes could explain how he directed his point-blank header wide from Jack Grealish’s precise cross.
There was no respite for Maciej Skorża’s men as Bernardo Silva added a third with the help of a fortuitous deflection. Late substitutions disrupted the flow of Guardiola’s side, but the mission was accomplished as they secured their place in the final against Fluminense on Friday. A fifth trophy of 2023 awaits, and the legendary manager Guardiola could lift the CWC for the fourth time – with a third different side – if they emerge victorious against the Copa Libertadores champions.
Man of the Match: Matheus Nunes (Manchester City).