Manchester City won the FA Cup final 2-1 thanks to a spectacular double from Ilkay Gundogan, moving them one step closer to completing the treble. Gundogan’s magnificent volley gave City an early lead with just 12 seconds on the clock, breaking the mark for the fastest goal in an FA Cup final. Although United equalised through a penalty from Bruno Fernandes, Gundogan sealed the Citizens’ victory with a well-controlled volley.
Gundogan Makes FA Cup History with Record-Breaking Goal
Ilkay Gundogan made FA Cup history by scoring the fastest goal in a final in 12 seconds, breaking the previous mark established in 2009. His spectacular volley showcased his technical brilliance and set the tone for an exciting match between Manchester City and Manchester United.
Despite City’s early domination, United fought back and took advantage of a handball by Jack Grealish, which was given after VAR intervention. Bruno Fernandes calmly converted the ensuing penalty, tying the game and giving it new life.
City immediately regained control, thanks to a pinpoint assist from Kevin De Bruyne to Gundogan, who scored his second goal with a calm volley. The German midfielder displayed his abilities on the big stage, rendering United’s defence powerless.
Gundogan came agonisingly close to a hat-trick before being denied by an offside flag. United made a late charge, but City’s tenacious defence and an extraordinary goal-line scramble kept the game alive, with Raphael Varane’s shot striking the crossbar.
City Edge Past United to Set Up Treble Showdown with Inter Milan
With this FA Cup triumph, Manchester City now have a chance to etch their name in football history by completing the treble. The upcoming Champions League final against Inter Milan presents an opportunity for Guardiola’s side to join the elite club of treble-winning teams.
Gundogan’s exceptional performance in the final has further ignited discussions about his future. Guardiola, who shares a close friendship with the midfielder, praised his impact and expressed hope that Gundogan’s contract situation will be resolved positively.
United manager Erik ten Hag acknowledged City’s superiority in the final but emphasised the progress his team has made this season. Despite losing in the FA Cup, United can be proud of winning the Carabao Cup, guaranteeing a place in the Champions League, and reaching another final.
As Manchester City celebrates their FA Cup victory, attention shifts to the much-anticipated Champions League final against Inter Milan. Guardiola’s men are determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance to seal their legacy by capturing the famous trophy.