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Julian Alvarez stars as Manchester City thrash Fluminense to win Club World Cup

Argentine striker nets brace, provides assist in win

Manchester City completed a remarkable year of success by winning the FIFA Club World Cup following a 4-0 thrashing of Fluminense in the final in Riyadh.

Following their UEFA Champions League success last season, Manchester City qualified to represent Europe in the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Despite being without the injured Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku, Pep Guardiola’s side defeated Urawa Reds to reach the final of the competition.

The European champions needed only 40 seconds to open the scoring in the final. Nathan Ake fired a shot from range which came back off the woodwork, allowing Julian Alvarez to chest home from close range.

Despite Fluminense doing their best, the Cityzens doubled their advantage midway through the first period. A fierce strike from Phil Foden deflected off Fluminense star Nino before nestling in the back of the net.

Alvarez turned provider in the 72nd minute as he crossed into the box for Foden to apply a finish and put his side three goals up.

The Argentine striker rounded off the scoring in the 88th minute in style, showing off his excellent shooting. The 23-year-old received the ball inside the box from Matheus Nunes before faking a shot to throw off his marker and placing the ball beyond the reach of the goalkeeper.

Manchester City strolled to victory over the Copa Libertadores champions to emulate Chelsea and become the first English side to win the Club World Cup since 2022.

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