‘On a terrible night, a bright spark’: Real Madrid youngster Vinicius Junior pulls off outrageous piece of skill during heavy Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow
- On a bad night for Real Madrid, teenage talent Vinicius Junior provided hope
- The 18-year-old performed dazzling skill and was a menace on the left wing
- He could not stop Real losing 3-0, their heaviest home Champions League loss
It was a historically bad night for Real Madrid, as they suffered their worst ever Champions League home defeat against CSKA Moscow.
Out of the gloom, however, came hope in Vinicius Junior, who pulled off a moment of magical skill during the first half.
The 18-year-old – the third youngest Real player to start a Champions League match – controlled an aerial ball with a sensational flick between his legs.
On a bad night for Real Madrid, teenage talent Vinicius Junior provided a bright spark
The 18-year-old Brazilian performed a dazzling piece of skill and was a menace on the left wing
He then streaked away to start an attack, leaving fans on social media agape in admiration and singing his praises.
Vinicius was Real’s most dangerous attacking threat throughout the majority of the clash with CSKA, forcing goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev into a brilliant first half save.
He was constantly on the attack down the left wing – attempting 11 dribbles and being successful with seven, according to Opta. This was more than any Real player in any match so far this season.
It was not enough, however, to stop Real falling to a 3-0 home defeat against the side who finished bottom of their Champions League group.
Real still finish top of Group G, but it was labelled a ‘terrible night’ by one unhappy fan – with Vinicius the only ‘bright spark’.
The teenager, signed from Flamengo for £38million, has made a promising start to life at the Bernabeu, scoring twice in eight first team appearances.
He could not stop Real losing 3-0 to CSKA, their heaviest home Champions League loss