Urawa Reds vs Man City final score and highlights!

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Manchester City secured a dominant 3-0 victory over Urawa Red Diamonds, propelling them into the Club World Cup final. Despite Urawa’s commendable defensive display against a Haaland-less City side, Marius Hoibraten’s own goal just before halftime shattered their resilience.

Following the own goal, Urawa had to adopt a more open approach, leaving gaps in their defense that were ruthlessly exploited by City. Kyle Walker’s precise pass set up Mateo Kovacic for his debut goal with a powerful finish, amplifying City’s lead.

Before the hour mark, Bernardo Silva extended City’s advantage with a shot deflected off Hoibraten, compounding Urawa’s misery. The scoreline could have been more lopsided if not for goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa’s efforts to keep Urawa somewhat competitive, especially amid Oscar Bobb’s impactful cameo from City’s bench.

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In the upcoming final, Manchester City will clash with Fluminense, the victors of the Copa Libertadores, while Urawa Red Diamonds will contest the third-place playoff against Al Ahly. City’s clinical performance underscores their determination to claim the Club World Cup title and solidify their dominance on the global stage.

 

Urawa Reds vs Man City final score

Result Goalscorers
Urawa Reds 0
Man City 3 Hoibraten (OG) ’45+1, Kovacic ’52, Silva ’59

Lineups:

Urawa Reds (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Shusaku Nishikawa — 14. Takahiro Sekine, 28. Alexander Scholz, 5. Marius Hoibraten, 15. Takahiro Akimoto — 3. Atsuki Ito (26. Takuya Ogiwara), 19. Ken Iwao (22. Kai Shibato) — 21. Tomoaki Okubo (17. Alex Schalk), 25. Katio Yasui, 8. Yoshio Koizumi (10. Shoya Nakajima) — 11. Jose Kante (9. Bryan Linssen).

Man City (4-3-3 right to left): 31. Ederson — 2. Kyle Walker, 5. John Stones (21. Sergio Gomez), 25. Manuel Akanji (24. Josko Gvardiol), 6. Nathan Ake — 27. Matheus Nunes, 16. Rodri (4. Kalvin Phillips), 8. Mateo Kovacic — 47. Phil Foden (19. Julian Alvarez), 20. Bernardo Silva (53. Oscar Bobb), 10. Jack Grealish.

 

Urawa Reds vs Man City highlights

Julian Alvarez, the Argentine striker, stepped in as a substitute for Manchester City and is poised to assume the lead role in the final match after Erling Haaland was omitted from the 23-man squad list submitted to FIFA for the tournament. Unfortunately, Kevin De Bruyne, who resumed training on Monday after recovering from hamstring surgery, and Jeremy Doku, nursing a thigh injury, will also be absent from the upcoming clash against Fluminense.

Pep Guardiola addressed the media in the post-match conference, mentioning, “Kevin resumed training yesterday and will continue with us tomorrow. However, after a four-month absence, it’s not feasible for him to return and play in a final. Erling is still unable to participate in training sessions.”

Guardiola’s update highlights the unavailability of key players due to injuries, emphasizing the unlikelihood of De Bruyne’s immediate return to competitive action following an extended recovery period and Haaland’s continued absence from training sessions. As a result, the responsibility to lead City’s frontline in the final is expected to fall on Julian Alvarez’s shoulders.