Man City vs Fluminense live score, updates as Alvarez puts Premier League champions ahead in FIFA Club World Cup final

Manchester City could be just 90 minutes away from another historical milestone as they take on Brazilian side Fluminense in the FIFA Club World Cup final.

City’s incredible 2022/23 season ended with a trophy treble as Pep Guardiola lifted his first Champions League trophy in Manchester.

That ended the Premier League champions long wait for a first-ever Champions League crown and secured their spot in the race to win a world title.

Guardiola’s charges eased to a 3-0 semifinal win over Japanese team Urawa Red Diamonds to set up a final date with Fluminense in Jeddah.

The Sporting News will be following this Man City vs. Fluminense FIFA Club World Cup final live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights as they happen.

Man City vs Fluminense live score

  1st Half Goal scorers
Man City 2 Alvarez, Foden
Fluminense 0  

Llineups:

Man City (4-2-3-1):  Ederson — Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake — Rodri, Lewis — Foden, Silva, Grealish — Alvarez.

Fluminense (4-2-3-1): Fábio — Xavier, Nino, Melo, Marcelo — Andre, Martinelli — Arias, Ganso, Keno — Cano.

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Man City vs Fluminense live updates, highlights, and commentary

28 mins: 2-0 MAN CITY!

A slice of luck for City and Guardiola’s team are 2-0 in front!

Rodri’s pass in behind releases Phil Foden, and the England star tries to fire across goal, but his strike is deflected home by Fluminense captain Nino!

25 mins: The tempo has dropped slightly here in Jeddah, but Fluminense are carrying a threat, with City creating very little since Alvarez’s goal.

20 mins: The offside flag is up against Fluminense striker German Cano and it is a tight call in City’s favour. VAR backs up the decision amid a possible penalty claim against Ederson for catching Ganso.

12 mins: A risky pass from Ruben Dias is almost pounced on by two Fluminense players but Kyle Walker gets back in position to clear.

8 mins: Fluminense have responded positively to falling behind but no chances for the Brazilians yet!

1 Min: MAN CITY LEAD INSIDE SIXTY SECONDS!

An INCREDIBLE start for City! 

Marcelo’s poor clearance is seized on by Nathan Ake….his long range drive comes back off the post and Julian Alvarez readjusts to chest home City’s opener!

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KICKOFF: MAN CITY vs FLUMINENSE!

10 mins to KO: All set in Jeddah as Man City aim for history!

35 mins to KO: City skipper Kevin De Bruyne will be watching on tonight in Jeddah!

1 hour to KO: TEAM NEWS IS IN!

Three starting changes from Guardiola from the semifinal as Ruben Dias, Rico Lewis and Julian Alvarez all start!

Fluminense are unchanged from the semifinal win over Al Ahly with Kennedy on the bench!

1 hour and 15 mins to KO: The all-important team news will be dropping shortly but Erling Haaland will not feature for City!

1 hour and 30 mins to KO: John Kennedy is the man to watch for Fluminense after scoring winning goals in the Copa Libertadores final and the Club Cup semifinal

1 hour and 45 mins to KO: Goals from Mateo Kovacic and Bernardo Silva saw City past Urawa Reds and the pair are expected to start tonight!

2 hours to KO: Guardiola aiming for FIFA Club World Cup No.4!

Alongside City’s push for glory, Guardiola will lift his fourth FIFA Club World Cup title as a coach, if City win tonight! That would take him above Carlo Ancelotti as the tournament’s most successful coach.

Man City vs Fluminense lineups, team news

Guardiola has already confirmed he will be without star striker Erling Haaland for the final with club captain Kevin De Bruyne and Jeremy Doku also out.

The trio are carrying injuries, but FIFA rules on the Club World Cup state that players not included in the 23-player semifinal squad cannot feature in the final.

Julian Alvarez comes in to lead the attack with starts for Ruben Dias and Rico Lewis.

Man City lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 31. Ederson — 2. Kyle Walker, 3. Ruben Dias, 5. John Stones, 6. Nathan Ake — 16. Rodri, 82. Rico Lewis — 47. Phil Foden, 20. Bernardo Silva, 10. Jack Grealish — 19. Julian Alvarez.

Man City subs (12): 4. Kalvin Phillips, 8. Mateo Kovacic, 18. Stefan Ortega, 21. Sergio Gomez, 24. Josko Gvardiol, 25. Manuel Akanji, 27. Matheus Nunes, 33. Scott Carson, 52. Oscar Bobb, 68. Max Alleyne, 76. Mahamadou Susoho, 92. Micah Hamilton.

Fluminense secured a 2-0 semifinal win over Al Ahly to set up a final clash with City and they stick with an unchanged starting XI featuring veteran pair Felipe Melo and Marcelo, alongside the highly-rated Andre in midfield.

Fluminense lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Fábio — 2. Samuel Xavier, 33. Nino, 30. Felipe Melo, 12. Marcelo — 7. Andre, 8. Matheus Martinelli — 21. Jhon Arias, 10. Ganso, 11. Keno — 14. German Cano.

Fluminense subs (12): 22. Pedro Rangel, 98. Vitor Cudes, 4. Marlon, 5. Alexander, 9. John Kenndy, 20. Daniel, 23, Guga, 29. Thiago Santos, 38. Yony Gonzalez, 40. Diogo Barbosa, 44. David Braz, 45. Lima.

Man City vs Fluminense live stream, TV channel

This Man City vs. Fluminense FIFA Club World Cup final match kicks off at 9:00 p.m. local time from the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Below are the corresponding times, TV channels, and live streams to watch the match in regions around the world

  Date Kickoff time TV Streaming
USA Fri, Dec. 22  1:00 p.m. ET FIFA+, FIFA YouTube
Canada Fri, Dec. 22  1:00 p.m. ET FIFA+, FIFA YouTube
UK Fri, Dec. 22  6:00 p.m. GMT TNT Sports 1 discovery+, FIFA+, FIFA YouTube
Australia Sat, Dec. 23 5:00 a.m. AEDT FIFA+, FIFA YouTube
India Fri, Dec. 22  11:30 p.m. IST Eurosport FIFA+, FIFA YouTube, FanCode

USA/Canada/Australia: This game is available via FIFA+ and FIFA’s YouTube channel.

UK: This match is available for live broadcast on TNT Sports with streaming options on discovery+.

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