Manchester City, the European Champions secured their first-ever Club World Cup final after a comfortable 3-0 win over Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.
At the beginning, it seemed the treble winners would have another difficult day after a heartbreaking 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace over the weekend. But the day turned out to be one of the days that Pep Guardiola’s team dominated a football match after Urawa Red’s defender scored an own goal from Matheus Nune’s cross.
City were forced to wait until the end of the first 45 minutes before the first goal and the second half was comfortable for them as the Asian opponent found no answer to stop Guardiola’s men.
Soon after the second half began, Mateo Kovacic scored his first goal for the city after he was played through on goal by the City captain, Kyle Walker. Not too long after the second goal, Bernardo Silva made it three by successfully putting the ball into the bottom corner of the post.
Meanwhile, while many City players have a great day at work, the improvement of the new signings could be seen throughout the match and Guardiola was kind enough to give both Kovacic and Nunes the whole 90 minutes to show the fans what they’ve got.
However, while Kovacic who joined the Sky Blues from Chelsea was on the score sheet, Nunes was the most outstanding player in the Manchester City shirt and deserves being named the Man of the Match.
The Portuguese was involved in the first and the last goal of his side, playing the cross converted to own goal and his shot pushed back by the Urawa Red’s goalkeeper gave Silva the opportunity to make it 3-0.
In the match, Matheus Nunes recorded:
54 Accurate Passes
87% Pass Accuracy
10 Ground Duels Won
6 Successful Dribbles
3 Shots On Target
3 Aerial Duels Won
2 Shots Off Target
2 Accurate Long Balls
1 Shot Blocked
1 Big Chance