‘I went bananas… this was crazy!’: Rio Ferdinand jumps out of his chair in delight at Vinicius Jnr’s stunner to put Real Madrid ahead in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, 1-1 draw with Manchester City
- Rio Ferdinand loses control in response to Vinicius Jr’s goal for Real Madrid
- The Brazilian opened the scoring against Man City with a brilliant goal in the first half
- Relive all the action as Man City draw 1-1 against Real Madrid in a heart-pounding first leg
Rio Ferdinand couldn’t hide his excitement after Vinicius Jr. emphatically opened the scoring in Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Manchester City.
The 22-year-old’s lightning bolt from the edge of City’s penalty area just after the half-hour mark lit up the semi-final tie after a restrained first half hour between the two sides.
Vinicius Jr.’s Attack was too powerful for Ederson in the Manchester City goal and caused a wave of emotion in the BT Studio, where Ferdinand watched alongside Michael Owen, Joleon Lescott and presenter Jake Humphrey.
The former England defender jumped out of his seat and yelled ‘Oh my god’ in response to the Brazilian’s stunning attack, before declaring ‘that’s what he does’ and calling Vinicius ‘the difference’ and a ‘soul-snatcher’.
Sitting down next to an amused Lescott again, the newest member of the Premier League Hall of Fame was clearly impressed by the strike and repeated the word ‘wow’ several times.
Rio Ferdinand jumps to his feet after seeing Vinicius Jr open the scoring for Real Madrid
The former England defender shouts ‘oh my god’ and calls Vinicius ‘the difference’
Ferdinand watched the match at the BT Sport studio with his fellow experts in Madrid
Ederson didn’t stand a chance to save Vinicius Jr.’s miracle strike that put Real Madrid ahead
The Brazilian striker has been one of Real Madrid’s star players all season
Breaking down the goal and first-half performances, Ferdinand admitted that he went ‘crazy’ analyzing Real’s first-half performance.
“I was amazed at the calmness, the courage, how Real just sits and waits.” Ferdinand said at halftime.
“City have come here, they absolutely battered them in terms of possession, but that counts for nothing, they sit and wait, they are calm, they concentrate and when it comes to striking, the clinical element of this team speaks for his.
‘Modric wins the ball, beats the press. Vinicius, I went all out, this was crazy.’
The goal was Vinicius Jr.’s 23rd of the season, making this his most prolific season of his career and looking set to give Real Madrid a lead ahead of next week’s second leg.
However, City fought back in the second half and leveled with a sparkling goal of their own from Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian was on hand to deliver a low drive with the outside of his boot into the bottom corner of Thibaut Courtois’ net, to finally tie the tie for the second leg at the Etihad.