(MENAFN) Manchester City took another step towards a historic treble after defeating Manchester United 2-1 in the FA Cup final on Saturday. Ilkay Gundogan was the hero of the day, scoring two goals to secure victory for Pep Guardiola's side at Wembley Stadium. With this win, City completed a domestic double, having already clinched the Premier League title. They now have the opportunity to achieve a remarkable feat by becoming only the second team, after Manchester United in 1998/99, to win the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in the same season.
The FA Cup final was a highly anticipated match, and it did not disappoint in terms of excitement and drama. Gundogan wasted no time in making an impact, scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup final history just 12 seconds into the game. This early goal set the tone for City's dominance in the first half.
However, Manchester United fought back and leveled the score in the 33rd minute through a penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes. The penalty was awarded controversially after Jack Grealish was deemed to have committed a handball offense. Despite the setback, City remained composed and focused on their objective.
In the second half, City's captain and influential figure, Gundogan, stepped up once again. In what could potentially be his final appearance for the club on English soil, as his contract expires at the end of the season, he produced a moment of brilliance. Six minutes into the second half, Gundogan volleyed home the winning goal, propelling City to victory and igniting scenes of celebration among their players and fans.
The significance of this FA Cup triumph cannot be overstated for Manchester City. Guardiola's men find themselves in an extraordinary position, with the opportunity to achieve a treble that may never be replicated. The prospect of winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in a single season is a testament to the team's exceptional talent, consistency, and hard work.
Guardiola acknowledged the uniqueness of their situation and expressed his delight at winning the FA Cup. He emphasized the special emotions that come with such an achievement and celebrated the victory alongside the City faithful. As City now turn their attention to the Champions League final against Inter Milan on June 10, they are aware of the historic nature of their potential success and will be determined to etch their names in footballing history.
For Manchester City fans, this is a thrilling time, filled with anticipation and dreams of an unprecedented treble. As the final approaches, the team will prepare meticulously, hoping to replicate their recent successes and make their mark on the European stage. The FA Cup victory has only heightened the excitement and raised expectations among the City faithful, who eagerly await the outcome of the upcoming Champions League final.
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