Even Pep Guardiola was in awe of Vini Jr’s nutmeg on Fernandinho 3 months ago

Even Pep Guardiola was in awe of Vini Jr’s nutmeg on Fernandinho

Fernandinho was humiliated with an outrageous trick

Pep Guardiola dropped to his knees after Vinicius Junior's clever dummy against Fernandinho during Manchester City's Champions League tie with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

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City edged out Madrid in a thrilling match at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva securing a 4-3 victory over the LaLiga side.

However, two goals from Madrid talisman Karim Benzema - including a panenka penalty - gave Carlo Ancelotti's side an important lifeline ahead of the return leg next week.

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It was an entertaining clash at the Etihad, with Vinicius' outstanding solo effort in the second half one of the major talking points from the game.

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Although the Brazil endured a quiet first half, he came to life after the break and gave substitute Fernandinho a torrid time for his goal as he dummied his fellow Brazilian in his own half before spiriting with the ball towards City's goal and expertly finishing past Ederson.

 

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Guardiola's reaction to the move on the touchline was caught on camera, with the City boss dropping to his knees with his head in his hands after Vinicius' dummy and finish.

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City boss backs Fernandinho

However, the Spaniard was keen to praise long-serving midfielder Fernandinho, who was operating as a makeshift right-back following John Stones' injury in the first half.

"It’s not easy to control Vinicius because he is an outstanding player," said Guardiola.

"But he did everything that’s why Fernandinho is such an important player. I knew it, he would perform well."

The Premier League side will take a 4-3 lead to Madrid next week, hoping to progress to their second Champions League final in as many years.

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