Cole, Ferdinand, Rooney & more: Twitter reacts to Man City’s defeat

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo seals a 3-2 victory over Man City, with the exciting game prompting plenty of reaction on Twitter

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Rio Ferdinand was impressed by Joe Hart Photo: TSR

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s late strike helped Real Madrid to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Manchester City in their opening Group D game in the Champions League.

Roberto Mancini’s side twice took the lead through Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov, but Marcelo and Karim Benzema equalised before Ronaldo netted the winner in added time.

Here is the best of the reaction from the professionals on Twitter, in chronological order.

Queens Park Rangers defender Nedum Onuoha (‏@NOnuoha) can’t believe what he’s seeing: “I never ever thought I’d see City playing at the Bernabeu. This is awesome!”

Rio Ferdinand ‏(@rioferdy5) predicts a long night for Joe Hart: “@Cristiano already warming up, Joe Hart with a crucial save!”

Meanwhile, former Red Devils star Gary Neville (‏@GNev2) gives an insight about the gamesmanship involved in Champions League ties: “Madrid always cheeky with pitch. Night before leave it dry. Night of game soaking wet. The quickest pitch you will ever see. It shocks you.”

Former Bradford star Chris Kamara (‏@chris_kammy) heaps praise on Hart: “Joe Hart the only reason Manchester City are level, Real Madrid playing very well with City dangerous on the break.”

Everton defender Sylvain Distin (‏@sylvaind15tin) is seriously impressed by Hart: “20 minutes gone. A lot of mistakes, no goals thanks to an amazing Joe Hart. Should the whole City defence retire ? Ha ha ha!”

Former Aston Villa midfielder George Boateng (@george1boateng) is amazed by a buccaneering Yaya Toure run: “@IanTaylor7 #Yaya must be the best midfielder in the Premier League: pace power vision and passing ability!”

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney ‏(@WayneRooney) lavishes praise on a former Liverpool star: “Xabi Alonso is running this game.”

Sunderland captain Lee cattermole (‏@cattermole_lee) has a good feeling for City with the score goalless at half-time: “Yaya Toure takes some stopping when he opens them legs up!!#powerhouse … Still fancying City… Hart on fire and Maicon will sleep well!”

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge ‏(@WayneRoutledge) joins the Toure fan club after the midfielder creates Dzeko’s opener: “Yaya Toure is an absolute #Beast!”

Former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel ‏(@JUANPABLOANGEL) is enjoying a fantastic game after Marcelo equalises: “What a great game #realmadrid versus #MCFC 1-1 end to end!”

Cheslea defender Ashley Cole ‏(@TheRealAC3) is also having fun watching a great Champions League game after Kolarov puts City back ahead: “What a great game this is, great place to get a win, and against very good team!”

Former Villa forward Ian Taylor (‏@IanTaylor7) thinks City now have it won – until Benzema scores: “Wow!!! 2-1!!!! Great ball in from #Kolarov SURELY game over??? ……….half way through that tweet and #Benzema scores!!! 2-2!!!”

Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre ‏(@IamMSilvestre) is happy to see his compatriot net the leveller: “Benzemaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!”

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique ‏(@gerardpique) adds: “What a game!!! Real Madrid 2-2 Manchester City!! #unbelievable”

Former United right-back Gary Neville ‏(@GNev2) is not blown away by the drama of Ronaldo’s winner, instead criticising City’s defending: “I wouldn’t have enjoyed being left isolated like City’s right backs have been tonight. Support your teammate when he’s struggling..”

Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell ‏(@FraizerCampbell) enjoys one of football’s great images: “Jose sliding on his knees hahaha great game of football!”

QPR midfielder Esteban Granero ‏(@eGranero11) is happy for his old team-mates: “#halamadrid !!!!!”

Finally, Ben Foster ‏(@BenFoster) symphasises with Hart: “Gutted for Joe Hart tonight. Pure quality performance and didn’t deserve to have three past him. #notfair what a game though eh! Mourinho at the end!”

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