Football Manager simulate rest of Champions League as current campaign halted

A simulation by the popular computer game Football Manager saw Manchester City win their first ever Champions League after a 2-1 victory against Bayern Munich in the final.

The real-life version of Europe's elite competition is in danger of being scrapped this season as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, with UEFA president Aleksandr Ceferin admitting it will have to be cancelled if it cannot be concluded before September.

For a bit of light relief, Sports Interactive – the developers of Football Manager – decided to simulate the rest of the campaign – and it resulted in glory for Pep Guardiola and his side.

City had put themselves in a fantastic position to qualify for the quarter finals by beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their last-16 clash at the Bernabeu, and they also made it through in Football Manager, with the only other English team currently left in – Chelsea – crashing out to Munich.

The pair made it through the next two rounds to meet in the final in Istanbul, and things got off to a great start for City as Sergio Aguero gave them the lead after just six minutes.

Robert Lewandowski equalised for Bayern on the stroke of half-time, but a deflected long range effort by Kevin de Bruyne gave City the win and provided Guardiola with his third Champions League title as a manager.

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