Micah Richards couldn’t contain himself after Kevin De Bruyne gave Manchester City an early lead in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid.
Micah Richards and Jamie Carragher produced a golden moment on television as the former nearly spat his dinner in the thrilling Champions League encounter between Manchester City and Real Madrid.
City won the first leg of the semi-final 4-3 after a thrilling 90 minutes at the Etihad that didn’t lack individual brilliance or stunning goals. The hosts took the lead within two minutes thanks to a sublime diving header from Kevin De Bruyne, who latched onto a perfect cross from Riyad Mahrez.
The goal sent home fans into a frenzy, giving City the perfect start against the 13-time European champions as they looked to atone for their defeat in last season’s final. Club ambassador and former defender Richards was equally thrilled – and a bit taken aback – in the CBS Sports studio.
Considering the game had only started seconds earlier, the former England international might have suspected he had plenty of time to grab a bowl of pasta before any action after completing his punditry duties. pre-game. However, De Bruyne finding the back of the net prompted him to embark on a raucous celebration that almost saw part of his dinner come back as he bellowed: “Yes, yes, yes!”
The hilarious incident was not shown live, but reruns did air when co-expert Carragher called attention to it later in the show, leading to even more comedic scenes in the studio. The Liverpool legend began to dissect how Richards was able to ‘control’ his pasta and ensure it stayed in his mouth even when it seemed destined to end up on the table in front of him.
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“It needs to be analyzed,” joked Carragher. “When you talk about some of the technicians we had on this show today, [Toni] Kroos, [Luka] Modric, Kevin De Bruyne, [Bernardo] Silva… no one has produced better first touch and control of a situation than Micah Richards with pasta.”
Amusingly, CBS returned to a close-up replay of Richards’ celebration and Carragher continued, “He thinks he’s lost control, but look at this! Forget your Luka Modric; we’ve got Micah! Big Mics is back!”
After the match, the Istanbul 2005 hero took to Twitter to warn City that a tricky second leg awaits them at the Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday. Carragher wrote: “#ChampionsLeague at their best with the #MCIRMA game, Real Madrid very lucky to still be there! The defense was horrible throughout, especially from Madrid, but #Benzema is keeping them alive! !”