Manchester City’s UCL Final win was certainly a game the internet was watching

The brightest lights in European club football shine their brightest during the UEFA Champions League Final. The ultimate pinnacle of club football on the continent, only a few elite teams can lay claim to the title of ‘Europe’s Best’. This brings us to today, when for the third time in each club’s history (and the first time in the final), England’s Manchester City meet Italy’s Internazionale Milan to complete the long 2022-23 season.

The final clash saw the two teams compete at Turkey’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium, located in Istanbul and the home of the Turkish national team. Led by the Premier League’s highest-scoring striker Erling Haaland and his luscious long blonde locks, City lifted their first ever Champions League trophy with a rather boring 1-0 win over the Nerazzurri.

Outside of the game itself, Twitter made for a great watch to enjoy along with the game. For those unfamiliar with football Twitter, it can basically be described as a digital stadium where everyone is a referee, coach and player at the same time. If you want to see people who have never played professional football in their lives debate the laws of physics surrounding the free throw curve, then look no further. We’ve collected the tweets that best highlighted the beauty, spectacle and joy of the Champions League final.

First half

The first half of the final started slowly and ended 0-0 after 45 minutes. The biggest news of the half was the possible injury of City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. It was deja vu for the 31-year-old Belgium international, who also suffered an injury during the 2021 Champions League final. De Bruyne was blamed for Phil Foden and many took to Twitter to note that De Bruyne could not feature in the big matches.

Others noted how sloppy the first half was for both teams, but especially for City. For context, many soccer fans around the world consider City to be not only the best team in Europe, but the best team in the world. The English side have just won their third consecutive Premier League title, comfortably winning on aggregate with three games remaining in the season.

Second half

A slow start to the second half gave the dreaded feeling that this was going to be another boring final, but City’s Rodri proved everyone wrong. The defensive midfielder doesn’t score very often, but when he does it’s important, firing a shot past the Inter Milan keeper on the edge of the box to give City their first lead of the game.

The game sprung to life after Rodri’s goal, which included an inadvertent deflection by Romelu Lukaku that prevented his team-mate Dimarco from equalizing. Lukaku has been an easy punching bag for soccer fans around the world for years now, and his “world-class defense” only made things worse (and the memes even funnier).

What also didn’t help was missing another chance to equalize in the 88th minute.

Winners: Manchester City

At the final whistle, Manchester City won their first Champions League final in the club’s history. City fans and managers were delighted with the win, while the rest of the football world was devastated that the bad guys had won. City’s win ends a the coveted championship treble(opens in new tab) (or triple crown), winning the FA Cup, the Premier League and now the UEFA Champions League.



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