By Razeen Gutta
Manchester City sealed the league and cup double with a 2-1 Wembley win over their rivals United on Saturday.
It was a day of firsts as a Manchester derby took centre stage in the FA Cup final for the very first time in the competition’s storied history. And 12 seconds in, the game saw its earliest-ever goal.
Ilkay Gundogan found the back of the net for the Premier League champions, leaving David de Dea and the red half of Manchester shell-shocked.
On the half-hour mark, Bruno Fernandes levelled proceedings courtesy of a penalty gift from Jack Grealish. That would mean that for the first time in FA Cup final history, the starting captains for both sides scored in the game.
Shortly after the break, Gundogan would score again, becoming the oldest player to score an FA Cup final brace since Nat Lofthouse in 1958. And this time, there would be no reply.
City kept more of the ball; and despite more attempts, United just were not clinical enough in front of goal, with Pep Guardiola’s side marching on to their seventh FA Cup trophy.
The Cityzens will celebrate the double knowing that their season is not over yet — with a chance at European success and a treble awaiting them in Istanbul in a week’s time.
Pictured above: Manchester City
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