Fever Pitch: Gus Johnson on His Greatest Soccer Freakouts

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"I thought that Manchester United, because they were in such a good spirit, may have relaxed a bit, or maybe it was just the fear had distilled in Bayern, because they opened up. It was almost as if they willed that ball in the net. Mandžukić leveled it, and he's a big presence in there. You back a tiger into the corner and he's going to come out fighting, and that's what happened."

"Sometimes identification is tough. It's hard to see guys. [Eddie Johnson] comes in with this bleached blond hair and that beautiful brown skin, and immediately we knew who he was. Even better, his last name is Johnson. He comes on and 14 seconds later, he's heading the ball through. The crowd was great, everybody erupted. And the United States went on to win 5-1, so they dominated. Eddie was one of the stars of that day."

"Well, first of all, Sergio Ramos, he's a central defender and not known as a goal scorer. Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the best player in the world, who has such great athleticism – look at how high he gets up – he's the perfect decoy. Everyone's concerned with what he's going to do. Ramos just sneaked in there twice. He was precise, and he headed the second one home for a brace. That was a remarkable thing to see from a man who isn't known for scoring a bunch of goals." 

"Ninety-first minute. It was amazing. Watson came in, again, off the bench. He was battling injury, and he timed his run perfectly to the near post and managed to flick it into the net. The euphoria from the Wigan supporters was great to see. It was just a beautiful feeling inside the building when they won. I was a little lost in the moment, but at the same time aware. [The other commentator, who you can hear laughing] That's Ian Wright. I don't think he was laughing at me, or the moment. I think he was just delighted. This is the 91st minute, this redheaded kid comes of the bench, and now this kid is an FA Cup legend. That is a play they'll run till the end of time."

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