Witness the complete playback and highlights of the thrilling encounter between Manchester City and Fluminense. The game is set to commence at 18:00 (GMT) on the 22nd of December 2023, officiated by the esteemed referee, S. Marciniak. The showdown will take place at the grand King Abdullah Sports City and is a pivotal match in the World – FIFA Club World Cup, Final, Season 2023.
Manchester City vs Fluminense Full Match Reports
In a stunning display of dominance, Manchester City, fresh from their UEFA Champions League triumph in June, clinched the FIFA Club World Cup (FCWC) by defeating Copa Libertadores champions Fluminense at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, matching a record with an emphatic four-goal margin.
Pep Guardiola, emphasizing the significance of this “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity, dispelled any notions of complacency from his European powerhouse ahead of the kickoff. Despite Fluminense’s determination, their commitment to playing from the back backfired in the opening minute. A turnover, sparked by veteran Marcelo, left Flu exposed. Nathan Aké capitalized, driving towards the goal and unleashing a fierce strike that Fábio tipped onto the post. However, the 43-year-old goalkeeper couldn’t prevent Julián Álvarez from cleverly chesting the ball into an empty net.
Fluminense attempted to regain control, seemingly earning a penalty when Ederson brought down Germán Cano in the box, only for an offside to nullify the opportunity. Nevertheless, nearing the half-hour mark, Fernando Diniz’s side suffered another setback, conceding a second goal. Rúben Dias delivered a potent ball to Phil Foden, whose attempted pass unintentionally ended up in the net via a sliding Nino. Ederson, a bystander for much of the half, showcased his brilliance with a stunning reaction save against Jhon Arias’ header, while Jack Grealish tested Fábio to conclude the first period.
As expected, City maintained firm control after halftime, efficiently keeping possession against a visibly fatigued opponent worn down by extensive domestic and continental campaigns. An inventive set-piece routine nearly resulted in a third goal, with Foden forcing a save before netting in the 72nd minute with a sliding finish from Álvarez’s delivery. Flu’s substitute, John Kennedy, injected some energy, dribbling past City players and troubling Ederson late in the game. However, City sealed the victory with Álvarez netting his second, displaying a deft touch before driving a low shot into the corner.
For Fluminense, a dream year that saw them lift the Copa Libertadores trophy for the first time concluded without a fourth trophy in 12 months, falling short against a visibly superior team. City continued their formidable cup run, winning 18 of their last 23 fixtures (D3, L2) and adding four trophies to their collection during that period. This victory etched Guardiola’s side into the history books, making them the first English club to simultaneously hold the Premier League, UCL, UEFA Super Cup, and the FCWC titles.
Man of the Match: Julián Álvarez (Manchester City).