Wow! That was a roller coaster. Manchester City and Real Madrid gifted the world a nerve-wracking first semifinal in the Champions League. Yes, the English club got the win, but in the long list of highlights, it is impossible not to talk about Vinícius Jr.'s goal, a beautiful display of pace and skill. The best of the seven we witnessed Tuesday night.
Vinicius Jr goal vs. Manchester City
The Brazilian winger scored in the 55th minute, in a sequence where he should have been fined for speeding.
With Real Madrid down 3-1, Vinicius dragged Fernandinho to the midfield line, and then he put him to shame. First, letting the ball go between his legs and then destroying him with his pace.
Basically, the harsh difference between a 21-year-old and someone like Fernandinho in his mid-30s.
Look at that nutmeg, again...
Naughty from Vinicius Jr #MCIRMA// #UCL pic.twitter.com/rc1FyiwN6d— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 26, 2022
... and Guardiola's reaction. He cannot believe it.
Pep Guardiola’s reaction to Vinicius’s dummy pic.twitter.com/LVv64SjFh2— S. (@utdz0ne) April 26, 2022
With the field open, Vinicius just ran toward Manchester City's box and with a subtle touch defeated Ederson to score a beauty.
The world reacted in awe after Vinicius' exhibition of talent, but no one went far as Spanish Diario AS, comparing the winger with none other than Pelé.
El día que Vinicius se disfrazó de Pelé
⚡ Carrerón del brasileño y definición perfecta para poner el 3-2
— Diario AS (@diarioas) April 26, 2022
Maybe a little too far.