Manchester City vs Fluminense LIVE: Latest score and updates from Club World Cup final

Manchester City vs Fluminense LIVE: Latest score and updates from Club World Cup final

Guardiola urges City to ‘go for it’ and grasp a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity after reaching Club World Cup final

The Club World Cup reaches its crescendo tonight as the annual tournament of six continental champions, plus a host nation, has been whittled down to just two.

The reigning Champions League winners, Manchester City, are Europe’s representative and defeated Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday. They are hoping to add a new trophy to their collection this evening as they face Brazilian side Fluminense in Saudi Arabia.

The Copa Libertadores champions have struggled domestically this season but reached the final after beating Al Ahly 2-0 in the other semi-final. City are hoping to win the tournament for the first time in the club’s history and claim five trophies in a calendar year.

Striker Erling Haaland, who has missed the past four matches with a foot injury, is unavailable, along with Kevin de Bruyne and Jeremy Doku.

Follow all the updates from the final below plus get the latest odds and tips right here:


Man City vs Fluminense

Manchester City have announced their line-up for the Club World Cup final, and there is still no place for Erling Haaland, who is not even among the substitutes.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, Lewis, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Alvarez

SUBS: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Phillips, Kovacic, Gomez, Gvardiol, Akanji, Nunes, Bobb, Alleyne, Susoho, Hamilton

Sonia Twigg22 December 2023 17:05


Man City vs Fluminense

Pep Guardiola in his pre-match press conference was full of praise for the opposition.

Reported by the BBC, he said: “[I know] what they can do. They have beaten teams from Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay. I know the players and respect them for what they do. It’s really good the way they play.

“We have to be precise with the ball and accept they will play the way we never face. It is not positional – they move a lot. The ball moves side to side.”

Sonia Twigg22 December 2023 17:00


Man City vs Fluminense

Manchester City have never been in the competition before, and it offers a chance at a first trophy this season.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference on Thursday reported by the BBC, Kyle Walker said: “For me, it’s about this club and putting it where it wants to be.

“This is the first time the club has been in this competition. The fans have travelled from Maine Road to the Etihad and the processes of being where this club is going to be. It’s mainly for them.

“It’s fantastic when you see blue shirts in the stadium cheering you on and celebrating goals with you. It’s a great feeling and the more we keep winning, the more we are going to get in the stadium.”

Sonia Twigg22 December 2023 16:45


Man City vs Fluminense

Led by Fernando Diniz, the Brazilian team are experienced, the goalkeeper Fabio is 43, and former Inter Milan defender Felipe Melo is 40.

Their style of play tends to favour playing out from the back, and Pep Guardiola admitted it was one City have “never faced”.

Up front, Fluminese have 26-year-old Colombia international Jhon Arias on the right wing.

Sonia Twigg22 December 2023 16:30


Man City vs Fluminense

Manchester City will look to add another trophy to their collection as they face Brazilian side Fluminense in the Club World Cup final tonight in Saudi Arabia.

Sonia Twigg22 December 2023 16:15


Man City vs Fluminense

Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of the Fifa Club World Cup final between Manchester City and Fluminense and the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

For both teams it is their first Club World Cup final, with Fluminese qualifying after winning the Copa Libertadores for the first time in their history.

Sonia Twigg22 December 2023 14:11


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