The 20th FIFA Club World Cup final between Manchester City and Fluminense will take place at King Abdullah Sports City on Friday.
Both teams are new to the event. With a treble last season, Pep Guardiola’s team is competing on behalf of Europe. Following an exciting 2-1 victory over Boca Juniors in extra time during the final last month, Fluminense secured their first Copa Libertadores trophy.
After easily defeating Urawa Reds 3-0 in the semifinal, City secured their place in the Club World Cup final. In injury time during the first half, Marius Hoibraaten’s own goal gave them the lead. Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva’s goals in the second half allowed the European champions to easily go to the final.
Meanwhile, Fluminense easily defeated Al Ahly, the African champions, 2-0. In the 71st minute, Jhon Arias broke the tie from the spot, and in the 90th minute, John Kennedy came off the bench to ensure the victory.
Manchester City versus Fluminense Key and Head-to-Head Figures
The two parties will meet for the first time at this meeting. In their last eight competitive games, Fluminense has only let up two goals in the second half of contests. Manchester City has scored three goals or more in eight of their previous ten games in all competitions, including the last four. South American and European clubs are playing in the Club World Cup final for the thirteenth time; European clubs are ahead 9-3.