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Manchester City inch closer to history with FA Cup win

Beat Man United 2-1

June 05, 2023 00:00:00

Manchester City players rejoicing after winning the English FA Cup final soccer match against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday — AP

LONDON, June 04 (AP): The second leg of Manchester City's treble mission is secure.

Add the FA Cup, after a 2-1 win over great rival Manchester United on Saturday, to its latest Premier League title. Now only a first ever Champions League title stands between City and immortality in English soccer.

"We're in a position," City manager Pep Guardiola said, "that we'll probably never be in again."

Ilkay Gundogan scored two goals - the first inside 13 seconds, for the quickest in 142 years of FA Cup finals - to lead City to a 16th trophy since 2011 in what is looking like the crowning season in the tenure of Abu Dhabi's ruling family.

If the Germany midfielder's opener, a perfectly executed volley from the edge of area, was probably his best goal of his seven years at City, his 51st-minute winner at Wembley Stadium might be one of his scrappiest.

This time it was a volley with his left foot after being picked out by Kevin De Bruyne's free kick from the right wing. The ball bobbled between two United defenders and squirmed past goalkeeper David De Gea, who might have been slightly unsighted but should have done better.

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