Ilkay Gundogan breaks FA Cup final record as Man City beat Man Utd 2–1

Ilkay Gun­do­gan wrote his name in the his­to­ry books on Sat­ur­day, scor­ing the quick­est goal ever in an FA Cup final as Man City defeat­ed their rivals Man Utd 2–1 at Wembley.

Gun­do­gan smashed a vol­ley into the net after just 13 sec­onds to put City ahead, beat­ing Louis Saha’s pre­vi­ous record from 2009. The superb strike gave City the momen­tum, as they aim for a his­toric tre­ble with a vic­to­ry in the Cham­pi­ons League final next week.

Pep Guardiola’s team dom­i­nat­ed the first half and cre­at­ed sev­er­al chances, but Utd equal­ized against the run of play when Bruno Fer­nan­des scored a penal­ty after VAR spot­ted a hand­ball by Jack Grealish.

City regained their lead short­ly after the break when Kevin De Bruyne assist­ed Gun­do­gan for anoth­er volleyed goal. Guardiola’s men held on to win their sev­enth FA Cup tro­phy, while Utd missed out on their first domes­tic dou­ble since 1999.

The clash was the first FA Cup final between the Man­ches­ter clubs, adding more spice to an already fierce rival­ry. But Gundogan’s ear­ly goal shocked Utd and set the tone for City’s supremacy.

City near­ly dou­bled their lead before Fer­nan­des’ penal­ty, with Rodri, Gre­al­ish and Erling Haa­land test­ing Utd’s defense. But after Fer­nan­des lev­eled, Utd improved, with Raphael Varane going close just before half-time.

De Bruyne’s pass for Gundogan’s sec­ond goal restored City’s con­trol, though, and despite some late Utd pres­sure, Ederson’s goal was not seri­ous­ly test­ed again. City held on to keep their tre­ble dreams alive, with only Inter Milan stand­ing between them and glory.

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