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in case you missed it – the canteranos/subs edition

December 9, 2010

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Auxerre [2010-12-08].

The game was missing Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso, but I absolutely loved it.  I think Madrid played really well because they knew there was no pressure on them, and so they could just enjoy themselves.  And one of those who did was Karim Benzema – chapeau in more ways than one for him, as he finished the night with a hat trick.  The other news of the night that I really liked was that two canteranos got their debuts (the third and fourth of this season, after David Mateos and Juan Carlos), although one of them not in the circumstances that I would have preferred.  And a team made up mostly of habitual substitutes showed that they too can make us go home happy from the Bernabéu.

One. The debuts.  I am so, so happy for our canteranos; they totally deserve this.  Antonio Adán came on for Jerzy Dudek in the 45th, and Pablo Sarabia for Cristiano in the 78th.

Two. You could actually see Karim Benzema getting more confident as the night went on.  He was quite restrained in celebrating the first goal, got a bit more animated with the second and with the third you could really see the emotions on his face.  It was a great hat trick – one goal with his head, one goal with his right foot and the third with his left foot.  Maybe the presence of Zidane – watching the game from a palco with his wife Veronique – is really helping.  And Álvaro Arbeloa had a nice gesture after the game (see item eleven).

This is the reaction to the first goal.  I love how everyone on the bench is so happy for him.

His second goal came off a Lass pass, and so of course the two of them had to celebrate, and they were so cute.

And Karim’s third goal made everyone – the Bernabéu, the TV viewers, the bench (look at them cheering him there!), his teammates and the player himself ecstatic.  And who can blame them (us): it was a real beauty, and his third goal of the night.

He’s the third Madrid player to score a hat trick in the Champions, after (original) Ronaldo against Manchester United in 2003 and Raúl against Ferencvárosi in 1995.

After the game, Benz said he was very “happy, happy” with his goals, and that he feels much better as a result of his performance and the team winning.  And Marca produced a fun cover.

Three. And of course, we have to mention Cristiano’s goal, which came off a beautiful pass from Marcelo.  Cris hugged his teammates, then sucked his thumb and pointed to the box where his family was sitting, including grandma Dolores, holding Cris Jr.  And then Cris celebrated with his two other loves, Marcelo and Pepe.  How cute was their celebration?

And look – Cristiano celebrating a goal with a Spaniard!!!  I suppose Sport’s new angle, since their previous one didn’t work out, will be that Pedro León doesn’t really count as a Spaniard, since he’s half Ecuadorian.

Cris behaved last night, meaning that he didn’t get another yellow, ensuring his presence in the first game of round of 16.

Four. The bad news of the night was of course the injury to Jerzy Dudek, who had a stellar game up to the moment when he collided with Contout and had to leave the game with a fractured jaw.  He went directly to Sanitas La Moraleja for a CAT scan and x-rays, which showed the extent of the injury.  Today, he saw a surgeon, and surgery was ruled out.  However, the recovery time is estimated at six weeks.  This was his first official game in more than a year (13 months).

Here are the two fantastic saves he had before he got injured.

The injury looked painful, no?

As he left the field, his teammates all tried to comfort him, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation.  ¡Ánimo Jerzy!

Five. They look like mirror images, no?

Six. More from Cristiano.  He’s so fun to watch.

Seven. Other game notes:  Third captain Mahamadou Diarrá wore the captain’s armband, and it was also great to see Ezequiel Garay back in action.  This was his first official game of the season.

I don’t know why, but Benz’ feet looks so big in this photo.  He looks like he’s wearing clown shoes.

Eight. More on the debutantes.

Eighteen-year-old Pablo Sarabia will always remember this day:  “it’s something great and a feeling that I will never forget.  It’s only a matter of time before more canteranos like me get their chance.”  He also praised his “big brothers”:  “all of them were very nice and helped me out a lot with things… Cristiano and the coaching staff wished me luck before I went on.”  He told El Larguero after the game that he thinks Madrid’s cantera has no reason to envy Barcelona’s, and that now he was heading to have dinner with his family and celebrate.

Antonio Adán, meanwhile, said some similar things: “it was special because this has been my home since I was 14… it was unforgettable and I felt the affection of the Bernabéu.  The support of my teammates also made everything easier.”  He revealed that Karanka’s words made him confident and calm, and that Iker had also come up to him in the locker room at halftime and given him some words of encouragement (stay calm, you’re prepared for this), and said it was a shame that his debut came as a result of an injury to a teammate, and added that Dudek had been having a great game.  Antonio told El Larguero that he kept his shirt from the debut, and it’s for his family, for supporting him all these years, and he was heading to his hometown of Mejorada del Campo to celebrate and have dinner with them.  We also find out that he got a ton of messages on his mobile.

I did not know that the goalkeepers wore a green shirt under the green jersey.  Shame on you Iker for never taking your shirt off!

Other postgame comments:  Granero said that everyone was very happy for Benzema and that he was very happy for the debuts of Adán and Sarabia, because it meant that the coach is watching the cantera.  Meanwhile, Garay returned after a nearly four-month absence, and said he’s recovered and very happy to be playing again.  And Cristiano congratulated all his teammates, especially Benzema, and added that “I always celebrate the goals with my teammates.”  ¡Toma!

Nine. MFC Álvaro Morata didn’t get to debut (doesn’t he look wistful above as he watches Antonio get dressed?) and Aitor Karanka explained why (see item ten) although he did warm-up.

Once the third substitution was used, he had to go back to the bench since there was no point in him warming up anymore.  The others on the bench were having a much better time.

Ten. After the game, Aitor Karanka praised Benzema (we know what he is and how important a day like this would be for him), Lass (Lass is important) and Dudek (he had two great saves, it appeared that he was enjoying himself and then the poor guy got injured).  He also said that due to the injury to Dudek, which used up a substitution, he couldn’t put MFC in, so Álvaro Morata still has yet to debut.

Aitor was acting very Mou-like during the game.

Speaking of Mou, he was absent from his first game this season (since UEFA wouldn’t let him sit right next to the bench) and so he watched the game on television from Valdano’s office in the stadium.  He went down to the locker room to congratulate his team after the game (after the 15-minute limit had expired, of course).

Eleven. The cutest scenes occurred after the game.

Pepe and Morata celebrated Sarabia’s debut, with Pepe dumping water on the kid.  A better angle here.

And Álvaro Arbeloa (this won’t surprise you at all if you’ve been reading Los secretos over on conlaroja) made sure to get the ball after the game and give it to Karim, so that he could put it in his trophy cabinet.  What a sweet gesture!

Twelve. Front and back.™

Antonio Adán, making a big splash in this feature in his debut.

Raúl Albiol.  Bonus here.

Álvaro Arbeloa.  Note the tongue (and in Raúl’s photo as well).  I’m so kind to you all.

Cristiano Ronaldo.  Looks like his hair has grown out and he doesn’t have a stegosaurus on top of his head anymore!  I’m also constantly debating which side of him is more fun to look at.

Peter Lion, with a bit of bonus Karim Benzema on the back front.

Ricardo Carvalho.

Thirteen. Fun Marcelo and Carvalho.  Don’t miss what Marcelo does to himself in the first gif.

Fourteen. Other notes:  Iker and Xabi Alonso had their own little training session at the Bernabéu several hours before the game, while Sergio Ramos joined the chavales of Castilla in their morning training session.  This is the closest we’re going to get to The Xabi Alonso pose section™ for this game.

Fifteen. Looking ahead:  the draw for the round of 16 will take place on Dec. 17.  The possible rivals are: Inter, Olympique Lyon, Copenhague, Roma, Olympique de Marseille and Arsenal.

Eight players trained behind closed doors today at 11h, with Iker, Adán, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Mateos, Pepe, Özil and Morata starting to prepare for the Zaragoza game.

42 Comments leave one →
  1. rytlowska permalink
    December 9, 2010 17:15

    I can’t decide about Cris’ best view either!! They’re both so great.

  2. December 9, 2010 17:27

    You are kind to us, indeed, great summary and great gifs!!!thank you!

    I really enjoyed Benz’s reaction after the third goal, it was visible that he was emotional. Cute that the bench celbrated with him.

    Poor Dudek, I hope he’ll be better soon, what a bad luck! The only good element is that Adan got to debut, which is good for him. Very strange though, not seeing Iker in the goal!

    I hope Morata will debut soon, poor boy cannot wait for his turn!

    Last but not least, Alvaro’s gesture -sweeet;-) also Aitor Karanka, besides having a great great name, is a nice fine man, I loved his reactions.

    • December 9, 2010 18:27

      I know, I can just see the wistful look on Morata’s face in the .gifs. 😦 poor baby…*hugs*

      I was disappointed too when I saw that Sarabia got in on his first callup but Morata didn’t on his third…

  3. December 9, 2010 17:28

    oh, I forgot one thing – Ricardo Carvalho, such a good signing for Real!

  4. Bekah permalink
    December 9, 2010 17:58

    Thank you! I missed the first half but watching the second half made me incredibly happy, seeing the canterano’s debut and Benz’s hat trick. I hope it was a good confidence booster for all of them. Especially Benz, because it shows how great he can be when there is less pressure on him.

  5. suzanne permalink
    December 9, 2010 18:09

    that was quite an exciting match!! so excited for benzema. that last goal…wow! 4 goals in 5 matches for him!!! (so what if 3 came yesterday. lol.) poor dudek…i knew when he was having such pain when they were touching it and he was trying to move it that it was broken :(. but adan did well. they both did. congrats samabia on your debut!! can’t believe cr jr was there. only saw the back but someone on kickette posted the front. he’s so cute and chubby!! i’m glad our guys played so well yesterday. it’s always good to see the fringe players on the pitch and it makes me happy for them when they look so good (playing of course, they always look good otherwise 😉
    question, was peter lion’s hair in a sort of ponytail yesterday? it looked a bit…strange.
    i agree with you a…carvalho was a great signing. i have a hard time deciding if he or ozil were the best, and i usually lean towards ricardo. love him!!

    thanks for all the gifs and the hard work as always una.

  6. December 9, 2010 18:19

    Wow, what a great summary and gifs, not only for those who missed it, but also for those who watched it and kept searching for news about it. You are such a generous person. Lovely game, we all enjoyed it. I will post your page on my FB, as I usually do. What can be read and watched on your page is really different from other (so boring and mostly unprofessional journalism, including famous ones). So, it is really a bonus to have known about your blog.
    I liked the whole story, but one thing I really loved: your comment about Karanka trying to imitate Mou………ha ha ha, very true

    Until coming Sunday, have a great time…

  7. eruhin permalink
    December 9, 2010 18:31

    I feel so bad for Dudek, especially since I’m from Poland. I hope he gets well soon.

    The second Marcelo gif made me laugh so hard! That man is hilarious, I love him:D

    Thanks for including some Iker pics as well! He and Xabi look gorgeous:)

    Also, I wonder what’s up with the Ultras Sur? Why where there so few of them at the game and why was their banner upside down?

  8. nadi permalink
    December 9, 2010 18:53

    Dear Una,
    thank you again for a great post (as usual).
    i have a question: would CR7 and albiol get clean from thier cards in the 16th round?
    or would they be suspended if they received one in the next match?
    thanx again.

  9. Gillian permalink
    December 9, 2010 18:59

    I am ridiculously pleased for Benzema. And that pic of Lass & Benzema is just too adorable for words.

    Thanks for the great recap, una!

  10. jean permalink
    December 9, 2010 19:06

    Once again great recap Una:). I am so happy for Karim , he really deserved to have a night like that:):):):):):).And his 2nd goal was a beauty.I was even excited and happy to catch a glimpse of CR Jr cheering for his papa, he is so cute(I saw other pics of him and the family at yesterdays’ game).
    I also happy that some of the young players got a chance to play and show some their talents.Poor Dudek:( , I wish him a speedy recovery.He did a fantastic job yesterday.
    I love how these players are “united” and supportive of each other despite what the medias want us to think:).
    I love this team:):):):) Hala Madrid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    December 9, 2010 20:05

    Well, the Pole in Goal ended up getting a start, doing really well, and he should have played the full 90 minutes but for that sickening injury.

    I still think he’s a fool who’s wasted his talent, and this injury pretty much puts it into perspective. I’m sorry but 11 official games in four seasons, to go with the mere 12 in his last two seasons with Liverpool, is a derisory total for a truly masterful goalkeeper who clearly could have himself gone on to become a true all-time great had he been playing regularly. You can go on and on about how important he is to the side, but the fact is that unless goalkeepers play regularly they will effectively waste away to nothing, and Jerzy should have shown more hunger, desire, and ambition than to simply agree to remain at the Bernabeu.

    However, this injury is really sickening, and how he comes back from it will prove to be a real test of his courage and fortitude. In that respect, it was really beautiful to see his teammates comfort him and the fans offer him a standing ovation. I think it’s fair to say that if he had any problem winning over them before, he’s succeeded in a big way! I also hope Florentino Perez will be good enough to offer him a public acclamation, especially after he at one point publicly accused the Dude of impeding Jordi Codina’s career!

    • Syafiq permalink
      December 10, 2010 07:44

      I think you should cut him some slack. Perhaps different people with different personality says it all. Take a look at Raul. He wants to play and that is why he moved, we can’t blame him for that. Now look at Dudek. If he is having the time of his life here (family settles in, getting good pay to support his family), then why would he move?

      All I’m saying is that, in football, sometimes it’s not about the sporting decisions (in this case, Raul’s). Sometimes it goes beyond that (environment, family-related matters, good pay).

      • Mani Thangadurai permalink
        December 10, 2010 10:35

        Doesn’t Raul himself have young children? OF course he does! They were more than settled in Spain which is basically their comfort zone. And I’m not sure how much he’s being paid in Germany, but it does seem to be enough to support his family. So in the end there is really no excuse. There are several players like Raul who have young families and are/were well settled, but still had enough ambition to move out of their comfort zones because they wanted to get more out of their jobs. Michel Salgado is another example! IF they could do so, why not Dudek? Like I’ve said, it all boils down at the end of the day to the Biblical parable of making the most of one’s God-given talents, and it goes without saying that Dudek has miserably failed in these past few years.

        No professional will ever say that he’s honestly happy at a club where he’s not playing regularly, and we live in a world where everyone’s aim is to achieve many things and obtain more out of life. Footballers are no different. If I was a world-class player with talent aplenty, my aim would be to play for as often as possible, even longer if I can, and give myself that happiness and satisfaction at the end of the day in the knowledge that I’ve done as well as I could and performed to my potential, and in my own way, left an impact or legacy on the game the way Iker Casillas has done for example. And you won’t do that if you’re perpetually on the bench and not playing. Put this way, if I was in a situation where no matter how hard I work I won’t be adequately rewarded while a colleague who works only just as hard as or marginally harder than me gets much more, I would NOT be happy with that and neither, I’m sure, would you. I agree that team ethic and diligence are important, but a player must have a responsibility to his career, and not just his family!

        • December 10, 2010 11:45

          Raúl and Salgado left Madrid because their services were no longer required by the club. In Dudek’s case, the club is still counting on him. Plus, he plays a position where substitutions and rotations are very unlikely. It’s hard to compare them because of their positions.

        • Mani Thangadurai permalink
          December 10, 2010 12:40

          That may be the case Una, but he was out of contract at the end of last season and had the option to leave. And it’s precisely because goalkeepers do not get rotated that Dudek should not have stayed, because he cannot simply continue to work hard and end up hoping for a Casillas injury or suspension in order to get a game or three, especially since it’s clear that Casillas will get ALL the competitive matches! Even if Casillas has a run of poor games, I don’t think Mourinho will drop him. In fact, Dudek is the only one these days who gets inured!

        • Michelle permalink
          December 11, 2010 22:55

          Mani, I think about the only thing that anyone can agree on is that different people are going to have different situations and different priorities. For you it’s clear that you, as the head of a household, would have put yourself first: “a player must have a responsibility to his career, and not just his family”.

          However, that’s not the recipe for happiness for everyone. Since there’s a Liverpool connection with Dudek, I’m going to point briefly to Mascherano — he would have been a key part of a Liverpool squad that is relatively thin in midfield if he had stayed at Liverpool. But his family fundamentally wasn’t happy in England, and if you see yourself as “not just a player” but also a father and husband who cares about his family, you probably can’t be happy knowing your wife and kids, whom you love, aren’t.

          Masche chose to leave Liverpool for Barcelona (even paying part of the transfer fee out of his own pocket) to sit on the bench, where he’s effectively played backup to Sergio Busquets this season. He’s played some games, but not nearly as many as he would have had had he stayed at Liverpool. But it’s what he wanted to do. I hope his family is happier now.

          I don’t know what Dudek’s priorities are, but even if they are not family-related, whatever they are has led him to make the decisions he has made, namely to stay at Madrid and play backup to Casillas. You can say it’s a shame, that he would have been an excellent first-string GK elsewhere, but calling him a “fool who has wasted his talent” is harsh. You’re not close to him and don’t know his whole story.

        • Mani Thangadurai permalink
          December 12, 2010 16:16

          Michelle, let me tell you something…I was born in England and had a nice life there for 11 years. I had to put up with a little bit of teasing from a few schoolmates over the colour of my skin (my family is of Indian origin), but overall I had fun and at the age of 11, I had finished my sixth standard and was preparing with excitement to go to Grammar school, where I would have studied hard and prepared myself for university. But my father wasn’t happy. He was a doctor who had to work TWO jobs in different shifts at two different local hospitals just to make ends meet, and for his qualifications he should have had a better job. He had a chance to move to Saudi Arabia where he would earn more money and have a more prestigious job, and after a successful trial period of a few months where he lived apart from us, we all moved to the Kingdom in June 1992. We generally hated life in Saudi, it lacked the openness and friendliness of the UK, but we knew that if we had stayed in England Dad would never have been happy, while in Saudi he was praised for his work and went on to become one of the BEST Surgeons in the COUNTRY. I’m not joking. He used to have GOVERNMENT officials come to take treatment under him! After more than a decade of great service he is now happily retired.

          Basically what I am saying is this…it’s ok to talk about how the heads of the household should think about their families, but at the same time the family members should also understand the needs and desires of their patriarch/head and have a better consideration of HIS happiness. It’s a two-way street! In Dudek’s case, after winning the Champions’ League he was imediately relegated to the bench at Liverpool and then suffered the heartbreak of missing out on playing in the 2006 World Cup with Poland, which prompted him to decide that his future lay elsewhere. He still agreed to stay at Liverpool for one more season because his family was settled in the area and because Benitez told him that he needed him, but when things continued to go pear-shaped he decided that he had had enough of playing second fiddle and wanted to join a club where he would play more. And in fact he had some good offers with promises of playing time and a good salary. So it was inexplicable that he would move to Real, where the coaches made it clear to him that no matter how hard he’d work he’d have NO chance of even competing with Casillas! Hypocrisy of the highest order! He might as well have stayed at Merseyside!

          So you see, it’s a case of mutual love and understanding between all members of the family. When I become the head of my household I will ALWAYS put my family first, while at the same time trying to look out for my own happiness. It is often said that parents who do not look after their own happiness will go on to regret it and resent their family members later on. Just as the patriarch has a responsibility to look after his family, the family members also should consider the happiness of their head, and if it means having to make a sacrifice by putting up with difficult situations for his sake then so be it. It couldn’t have been easy for Raul’s family to leave their home to move to an alien country with an alien language, but seeing how happy he is in Germany, don’t you think they’d be happy? If not, then that pretty much shows that they don’t love or care for him at all! 🙂

        • Mani Thagnadurai permalink
          December 16, 2010 20:07

          …and for the sake of debate I might also add…Javier Mascherano has the privilege of being Argentina’s captain and a key player in their side, so he knows that as long as he’s fit and has some minutes under his belt, which is possible thanks to rotation, he’ll continue playing for his country. Dudek only earned THREE caps since that World Cup disappointment and as a goalkeeper he needs to play regularly and doesn’t get rotated willy-nilly. That’s what makes his decision all the more silly. Perhaps the biggest tragedy in all this is that we may never really know how much he would have achieved, and can only speculate on just how much of an all-time great he could have become if he had just been playing regularly these past few years! Although his greatness would never have been in doubt in that case!

  12. Morales permalink
    December 9, 2010 20:21

    I think their goal celebrations are what makes me like them so much, I melt like a puddle of goo.

    What Alvaro did for Benz was sweet~!

  13. Mel permalink
    December 9, 2010 20:41

    Marcelo reminds me of a small child with the big afro, cute smile and the braces!!

    • December 10, 2010 02:38

      well i guess cos’ he is, a small kid with an afro, braces, and a big ol” smile lol

  14. December 9, 2010 21:20

    But poor Dudek. He really broke my heart. He doesn't get to play much and when he did a broken jaw </3

    Great match and great post. Thank you Una. 🙂

  15. LaBlanca permalink
    December 9, 2010 21:43

    another piece of art una 🙂 Love Alvaros guesture to Benz. Do you have a few gifs of Sarabia? He showed off some skill, and I really liked it. Happy for his debut as well as for Adán. Happy for Benz scoring and Garays comeback. As well as for a good game of Diarra, Lass & Granero. Just bitter notes for Dudek & Morata. Im sure though Morata will get his debut in one of the next games.

  16. Kristine permalink
    December 9, 2010 22:46

    I really enjoyed this game! (except for Dudeks injury) OUCH! Starting to have real feelings for that Arbeloa! gahhhh! for shame! Cannot, will not cheat on my Sergio!

    Anyway, it was great to watch all of the new guys, and guys who don’t get much play time get out there and have fun!

  17. Sayu permalink
    December 9, 2010 22:50

    una! omg! i dont know what i’ll do without you and your amazing blogs! this blog post is so fun to read and watch! there are so many things to celebrate! i am so happy with the result of the game and for all the members of the team! there’s just to much happiness in me while reading your blog. nothing compares with this. 🙂

  18. LaBlanca permalink
    December 9, 2010 22:53

    oh and did you know that the commentators of Fox Sports call Pedro Leon also Peter Lion? hehe 😀

    • December 10, 2010 11:55

      I heard it, twice I guess!

      • suzanne permalink
        December 10, 2010 14:49

        lol fox deportes even said, “for our english veiwers, that’s peter lion”

        lol! i immediately though of you una

  19. Ange permalink
    December 10, 2010 00:21

    yea I saw it … & I was like AWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! how sweet….Is Alvaro & giving him the ball!! … He is such a team player… & great person even if he is a “empanao” but he is our “empanao” that we love soo much…

    & I proud of Benz he deserved it… & Cris & Cris Jr. …. too cute… loved it…

    THANX UNA!!!

  20. ulong permalink
    December 10, 2010 01:57

    Una, I will be very honest with you…
    I think now I am a big fans of the Three (Four) Musketeers
    Thanks to you 😀

  21. killer permalink
    December 10, 2010 02:37

    But my dear, Sport says that Cristiano’s got a beef with Iker,Ramos, Xabi and Arbeloa(senior members).
    Seeing Cris with them would put the story to bed.

    • December 10, 2010 07:20

      Well that would have been quite hard yesterday, considering that three of them weren’t even on the field.

    • Laryssa permalink
      December 10, 2010 13:49

      Why people still people still comment that “Sport says…” stuff? I think that Madrid fans don’t care at all with what Sports says. I mean, “Sports says” that Cris was a party boy and he proves that he is a committed and professional young man. Then “Sport says” that Cris was gay and hang out in gay clubs every night (in the most outrageous and homophobic story that I’ve ever read). Now, this ridiculous gossip about Cris and his teammates.
      Just don’t believe! It’s Sport, for Christ sake…

  22. Deb permalink
    December 10, 2010 05:34

    I loved that so many of the guys who don’t get to play at all or get limited time were given the chance to play. And on top of that, they played well against the starters of Auxerre. At one point the only regular starter on the pitch was Carvalho.

    I jumped up and cheered each time that Karim scored, especially the hat trick goal! I’m so very happy for him. It looks like Mou’s confidence in him has paid off.

    I saw Arbeloa handing Karim the ball at the end of the match. Awww…how nice was that?! It looked like he even called him back from entering the tunnel in order to give it too him. Poor Karim was leaving the pitch by himself before that.

    That was adorable seeing Cris Jr and Grandma in the stands. Luckily they panned into the crowd after seeing Cris thumb sucking gesture.

    I get a kick (no pun intended) seeing so many of the guys replicating Cris’ step over moves during the games. I wonder if they work on that in practice or if it’s just them wanting to be more Cris-like on the pitch?

    Pepe’s and Marcelo’s reactions to the goals from the bench are priceless. I’m really starting to like these guys more and more. They seem like great cheerleaders for all the guys on the team, even the canteranos. Was really hoping that Morata would have been one of the subs. But I’m guessing that since he’s a forward and Benzema was having such a great game, there really was a reason for subbing him in for Benzema. Poor guy…maybe soon.

    I felt absolutely gutted to see Dudek get hurt & have to come out. He had some great saves too. You could see how disappointed he was too. Poor guy. It was nice to see the standing ovation the crowd gave him. Maybe that made him feel a bit better. One good thing that came out of it was that Adan got a chance to play. And bless Iker for the encouragement!

  23. mila_casillas permalink
    December 10, 2010 06:15

    I actually did miss the game this time. The 2nd game I have missed all season. So this was much much appreciated! Thank you for spoiling us, Una. Mwah!

  24. Guilherme permalink
    December 11, 2010 03:05

    I love Benzema so much! Hope he just gets more and more “friend” with Spain (and RM), it must be hard for him. He needs some confidence and support, he got all mine, for sure.

  25. allie permalink
    December 11, 2010 08:31

    What does mfc stand for?

    • RealLisa permalink
      December 23, 2010 16:13

      My favourite canterano


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