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in case you missed it – the golazo, ghost goal and bottle edition

January 27, 2011

In case you missed it – Sevilla vs. Real Madrid [2011-01-26, Copa del Rey semifinal ida.]

Well, a brilliant (perfect?) performance by Xabi Alonso – who did everything – and a very good one by Karim Benzema – for inventing a goal that Sevilla’s defense proved to be helpless against – helped us to win the battle come away with a win last night.

ONE. Random moments, part I.

Cristiano exhales, and Marcelo… does something.  I have no idea what’s going on there, but it’s vintage Marcelino, no?

And a style note – it was strange to see Madrid wear their road uniforms, but with white socks.  I guess that’s because Sevilla chose to wear black socks with their white kits.

TWO. Our boys looking pretty as they warmed up for the game.

THREE. Karim’s golazo was a work of art, and I’m sure it has done wonders for his self-esteem as well.  He celebrated his goal by making a beeline for the bench to celebrate with all his teammates.  He also celebrated with José Mourinho (for his birthday, and for motivating him as well, I suppose), giving him a wink, a high-five and a slap on the ass (that’s a first, no?) and receiving three pats on the back from his coach in return.

It was wonderful to see all Karim’s teammates mob him – the joy was palpable – because they knew how important this was for him, and how much he has suffered.

One word comes to mind:  piña.

FOUR. As great as the goal was, this game will probably be remembered more for two other incidents.  The first was the “gol fantasma” (ghost goal).  As the first half wound to an end, Luis Fabiano beat Iker Casillas, and took a shot at the empty goal.  Raúl Albiol launched himself at the ball to prevent it from going in, and he managed to deflect it a bit, but it still stayed on the path towards the goal.  Raúl, who had ended up inside the goal, then turned, saw the ball was going over the line, and kicked it out.  The referee immediately looked at the line judge, who signaled a corner.  And so the score remained 0-1.  Television images didn’t really show anything.  According to the rules, the entire circumference of the ball has to advance past the entire line, and in this case, the ruling was that part of the ball was still touching the line.

After the game Raúl Albiol told Cope and SER that he sincerely believed the ball had not gone in, that he had seen the ball on the line and kicked it out.  We also find out that Mou congratulated him for this.

His teammates also congratulated him, and Eze Garay, warming up on the sideline, clapped and cheered as well.

Lost in all the debate over whether it was a goal or not was the fact that Raúl’s legs looked fantastic as he kicked the ball, no?

Cue people whining about how Madrid should have nothing to whine about, because the referees actually favor them.

FIVE. And after the second half finished, Iker Casillas was hit on the head with a plastic bottle launched from the crowd.  A first bottle had been thrown, but missed him.  As he bent down to pick it up, the second hit him on the back of the head.  Iker fell to the ground, while Sevilla’s ball boys hustled up to him not to check on him, but to remove the evidence before the officiating team arrived, in order to prevent it from being written up in the game report.  That just sums up Sevilla’s entire attitude in the days prior to this game, no?

Luckily, their efforts were useless, because the incident was written up as follows: “once the game had ended, a small bottle of water was thrown from one of the end zones where fans of the home team were seated.  It impacted the head of the Real Madrid Club de Fútbol player who wears the number 1, D. Iker Casillas Fernández, who was on the field at that moment.  The player was not injured as a result of the incident, as his team’s delegate informed us moments later in the referees’ locker room.”

I liked how Kanouté helped Iker to rub his head.  Meanwhile, Aitor Karanka had some choice words for the two ball boys who had run off with the evidence.  Go Aitor!

Iker left the field still rubbing his head (the lucky team doctor who went to check on him also got to do that), and tried to minimize the effects on the incident, telling Canal+, “I believe the fans in Spain are great, but there are always some stupid vandals that come and ruin the experience for the rest.”

And then José María del Nido said his first sensible thing all week, criticizing the incident and saying the club will find the guilty party.

SIX. Random moments, part II.

Xabi expresses disbelief – while still managing to ooze class – and Álvaro gets cheeky, both figuratively and literally.

SEVEN. Another great job:  to be the linesman in charge of verifying whether the players are correctly dressed to enter the game.  Remember when Sergio went through the check?

EIGHT. I loved what Cristiano said after the game: “Sevilla can continue like this, with that face painting, because it motivates us a lot.”  I’m sure that was the effect those brilliant minds at Sevilla – now richer with their promised bonus – were going for, no?

Meanwhile, Albiol said he was happy for the win, that the team would welcome Emmanuel Adebayor with open arms and that Karim’s goal was a “golazo” and that he’s a fantastic forward.

Cris just looks even sillier with his cap on backwards and those giant headphones around his neck.  It looks like Albiol got hit on the head during the game, no?  And Sergio was the only one not wearing the team tracksuit after the game.  I’m assume it’s because he was going to stay in Sevilla to see his family and/or go out to eat with Jesús Navas, and would not return to Madrid until today.

NINE. Random moments – part III (duos).

Cris and Karim share a moment before the start of the second half, taking care to cover their mouths to prevent certain programs from reading their lips, and Álvaro and Xabi defend by dancing in unison.

TEN. Front and back.™

Cristiano Ronaldo.

El capitán.


Sergio Ramos.  YES.

Xabi Alonso.

ELEVEN. Random moments – part IV.

The action’s on the left, according to Iker, and Sergio does his best imitation of a tumbleweed.  I love him, but acting’s not his strong suit.

TWELVE. The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

No extra words needed.

THIRTEEN. Iker spent a lot of time during this game with his arms outstretched.  I love how Álvaro just kind of ignores Iker and walks away.

FOURTEEN. The Mou Karanka coaches’ corner.

I guess Aitor Karanka had to be responsible for the game from preparation to postgame, because it was once again he who spoke with the press after the game instead of Mou, although Mou was very active during the game, spending almost the entire game on foot.

Aitor was cautious, saying that while the result was good, it is not by any means definitive.  He also congratulated Benzema, and said it was “significant that when he scored, he went to celebrate with the míster.  We’ve said a thousand times that he’s an important player on this team.”

FIFTEEN. Other notes:  I don’t like it when Iker pretends to fall from the slightest bit of contact, as he did in the 65th minute of the game.  And I can’t believe the second goal wasn’t scored at the 79th minute mark!  Why did Cristiano choose to imitate a statue at that very moment???

Sevilla did their best to make the Sánchez Pizjuán an infierno, starting with the boos during the announcement of the starting line-up and coach, replaying that controversial video before the game, the smoke bombs and firecrackers, the shouts of “step on him” every time Cristiano was fouled.  This was why the Madrid bench was surrounded by five security guards.  The only dissent came when some fans started singing a song against Sergio Ramos.

But who got the last laugh?

SIXTEEN. Looking ahead, sponsored by Sergio Ramos greeting former Madrid teammate Álvaro Negredo, but denying former Spain teammate Fernando Navarro.

The players have today off, except for Emmanuel Adebayor, who trained this morning with Castilla, along with Esteban Granero and Pedro León.  Adebayor was also presented this afternoon in the press room of the Bernabéu and gave a press conference afterward.

38 Comments leave one →
  1. sahar permalink
    January 27, 2011 15:17

    i just discovered your website and you are freaking amazing. i love all your in-depth analysis. you don’t miss anything.

    i’m so glad real won and karim scored. one thing that sucks is kaka didn’t play. i feel so bad and the fact that he isn’t playing with the national team against france. poor kaka i hope his confidence isn’t lost. i want kaka back to his amazing form. i don’t think anyone deserves it more than him.

    • January 28, 2011 03:21

      I, on the other hand, glad that Kaka didn’t play. Don’t get me wrong, he was a great player but I don’t think he’s fit enough yet to play such an important game versus a good team. He needs to take it slowly, find his way back into the team like everyone else. And I’m sure he knows and works hard for it.
      If it’s about deserving, in my opinion, Granero and Leon are the ones who deserve to get more minutes.

  2. January 27, 2011 15:21

    Love the gif of Alvaro and Xabi dancing together.

    P.S: Did you see the little chestbump thing that Iker and Raul did after the ghost goal?

    • Ally permalink
      January 27, 2011 17:14

      LOL they did a chestbump?! aargh.. I wish I’ve noticed that 😉

  3. mumblo permalink
    January 27, 2011 15:31

    I really enjoyed yesterday’s game: Xabi almost scored a goal (I feel one coming for him soon, no idea why), Chori was a BEAST, and everyone celebrated Karim’s goal! That last one was a slow burn for me. It took me a few second to realize, “Hey, they’re wearing jackets… those are guys from the bench!” Then my heart grew about three sizes when I saw Mou showing him some love. What a wonderful display of team spirit and support!

  4. HermosaChica permalink
    January 27, 2011 15:34

    I think in Marcelo’s random moment, a Sevilla player kicked the ball away or was lying on the ground and Marcelo got annoyed and said he wanted to play some football, well at least that’s what I remember the commentator saying.

    Even I, a non-Spanish speaker, was able to detect the naughty words coming out of Iker’s mouth during the match, haha!

    This might possibly be one of my favorite goal celebrations of the season! They ALL (Mou included) look so happy and unified. Warms the heart, really. 🙂

    “but denying former Spain teammate Fernando Navarro” — oh snap, Sergio.

    Lovely fleshy highlights of the night: Chori’s legs, the whole feisty package that is Iker, Esteban’s thigh, the link to Sergio’s butt, and need I mention SERGIO’S GROIN TATTOO?! Any wild guesses what my desktop picture is? 😉

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 27, 2011 17:10

      this tatoo is quiet old, I noticed it when he was on vacation last year but I have never seen it like this 😉 looks like a mixed devil/angel creature. the one on the side is pretty cute.

      I have a tatoo myself and I know how easily it gets you addicted. It’s good I don’t want another one. Not yet at least 😉

      • HermosaChica permalink
        January 28, 2011 12:21

        Well, judging by its positioning, it has to be something devilish, no? 😉

        • IsaBella permalink
          January 28, 2011 19:57

          I’m actually dying to find out what it is 😉 but I won’t have the guts to ask him (although I will be veeeeeery tempted to do it 😉 so I guess I’ll have to stick to my imagination 🙂

    • Laura permalink
      January 27, 2011 20:39

      “Any wild guesses what my desktop picture is? ”

      you have brought me to evil thoughts. xD

      • HermosaChica permalink
        January 28, 2011 12:22

        That’s kind of my purpose in life when it comes to Sergio-related topics, hehe.

    • January 28, 2011 04:45

      LOL, my desktop as well! That pic was quite the highlight of my day, but as a teacher I had to change it on my school computer after I realized how inappropriate it might look if my middle school kids saw it enlarged on my projector 😀

      • HermosaChica permalink
        January 28, 2011 12:24

        Oh, good thing you did that or you would’ve been followed by high-pitched giggles for the rest of the month!

  5. Kat permalink
    January 27, 2011 15:37

    Again, I’m ecstatic for Karim. A good result from him, especially since Adebayor is coming and that will threaten his position as the 1st choice striker again. And it’s really touching to see the entire team so supportive of him, knowing how much that goal meant to him.

    I think it’s shameful that even the Sevilla players and ballboys (!) are acting like this. A player could have been really hurt, and their first response is to get rid of the evidence?

    That “ghost goal” was a tough, tough call. Even with the endless replays, I can’t be 100% sure. But probability is on Madrid’s side on this one.

    BTW, what did you mean about Sevilla’s bonuses, Una?

  6. mickymacky permalink
    January 27, 2011 15:52

    “…and Álvaro and Xabi defend by dancing in unison” a.k.a. my fave gif of the month. thank you una.

    and that screencap of el chori clearing the line — can he just stay in that pose, inside the goal, behind iker, like..forever…

    lastly, i pity the kind of people who can just deliberately throw an object to other people with the intent to harm — in a sport match! … clearly not enough childhood hugs and kisses in there…

  7. amouria permalink
    January 27, 2011 15:54

    “Why did Cristiano choose to imitate a statue at that very moment??? ”
    This is a Billion euro question. And why choosing to leave it to Ozil and stands in his way to the goal. So silly…but like all great players, he has his silly moments.
    Benz: was one of the best stars of the game, beside Ozil, Arbiloa, Ramos, Carva. Cris was not in a good shape. He was upset and not happy at all. May be he reached a point that he can’t stand the animosity of the crowd anymore.
    The main star of the game was Mou with his brilliant tactical plan. Don’t forget, it was his birthday, so, he got the best gift from Benzema.
    Una: as usual, great post with wonderful details…I can’t appreciate it more…

  8. bbBenz permalink
    January 27, 2011 15:55

    what a match! awesome review as usual una. This is one of those game where a lot of soft object around me become my squeezing madness victim. I’m the happiest supporter last night after seeing Karim score a fantastic goal! 😀 i couldn’t stop smiling and be happy for him! and the hugging parade ohh it’s good to see how the boys in Madrid celebrate his goals with a lot of love and support! i hope Benzema keep playing better and better each game 🙂
    i don’t like san Iker’s diving act too but whoever throw that water bottle at him should just rot in hell! lol ok joking maybe just constipated for the whole day that will do. Hala Madrid!

    ps: Karim’s wink oh my… *knee melts

  9. January 27, 2011 16:22

    i love how they all look so happy for karim, ( i feel as if karim is the little brother and everybody takes care of him) just look at their faces when karim scores they look happier than karim . i love how much they love him

  10. January 27, 2011 16:38

    It’s official UnaMadridista -you are the one and only source of news about RM recently! I am simply able to catch the matches and all the reports look so poor compared to your blog that I do not even bother to check the papers or websites, I go straight here to see the news about the matches!!!!

    Thanks for all the info. While I am waiting for the gifs to load (I am “patience” as Sergio would say;-), I am once again reading your report, it’s so great!


    • January 27, 2011 17:09

      I meant of course that I am NOT able to catch the matches and I have to read about them;-)

      I also would like to add the appreciation for Xabi gif (in his Pose section, in the middle, bottom row), where he orders people;-)

      TheRamos’s tatoo and belly do not need any comment, just a WOW;-)

  11. phiemdu permalink
    January 27, 2011 17:10

    The warm-up picture of Cris, at first glance I thought that he was wearing fluffy earmuff. XD Benz’ efforts are so amazing, and it’s always so happy to see all the players are like family members with each other. Their happiness were written genuinely all over their faces. ❤ LOL @ Ozi trying to be Xabi, jumping while celebrating the goal! *swoons* What made my heart race most this match are sassy!Xabi and El Pirata's dreamy thighs.

    Iker's accident was a big disgrace! How could the two Sevilla's ball boys manage to take the ball without rushing to Iker, damn. Isn't it like the thing that any human being would do first?

    I like Cris' attitudes. Bring on Sevilla, I can't wait for us to beat them at home.

    the shouts of “step on him” every time Cristiano was fouled

    Seriously, Sevilla and their hardcore fans have taken my disgust to a whole new level.

    Last, I think I’m falling for Karanka more and more every day! He seems humble yet reliable and fierce when the time comes.

  12. IsaBella permalink
    January 27, 2011 17:41

    Je suis tres, tres heureuse pour le but de Karim, je lui envoie mes bisoux et salutations. 😀
    I’m not gonna comment on the bottle incident because I have nothing pretty to say about this.
    Anyway, Real managed to win the game and that’s what counts. My dance partner is a madridista and we were happy like crazy yesterday after the rehersal when I checked the score in my mobile 😀
    oh, and of course: the Boss doesn’t need any additional praising, Ozi is always sweet kid, Alvaro makes me smile and Sergio finally showed what I was wondering about :p
    gracias a los muchachos y a Una por el resumen estupendo como siempre.

  13. Kristine permalink
    January 27, 2011 17:49

    What a game! I love our boys so much. Hooray for Karim, you can see his confidence building every game. He’s pretty damn cute as well. That wink was sexy.
    Every one of the pics and gifs are fantastic in this post Una! So much beauty on our team.

    Chris is starting to creep into my fantasies( always thought he was really beautiful, but never found him attractive in that way)

    Marcelo! oh how I would love to hang out with him.

    ARBELOA ARBELOA ARBELOA Whoo! that man is getting hotter and hotter. His skin is so flawless. and that dancing gif with Xabi is priceless! Marcelos big hop to the side just adds to it.

    SERGIO! there aren’t enough words….

    Albiols thighs are glorious, just glorious. what a save. (the ball definitely went halfway in)

    The game was in spanish and my understanding is rudimentary at best. I was wondering why Iker was rubbing his head. Cant believe someone would throw a bottle at their NT CAPTAIN! Geeze. people have short memories.

    Singing a song against Sergio?? Why oh why? That must have felt awful for him.

    Thanks Una!

  14. Ikérista permalink
    January 27, 2011 18:04

    even though you firmly belive it’s the cameraman who ‘order’ the players to do thumbs up, it’s indeed the players themselves who like to do it. So don’t blame the cameraman, blame the players 🙂

    Btw, your blog rocks! I need my everyday dose of it.

  15. Annee permalink
    January 27, 2011 18:15

    So many great gifs today! I love Alvaro and Xabi dancing and I will watch Sergio rolling many times today.

    “Lost in all the debate over whether it was a goal or not was the fact that Raúl’s legs looked fantastic as he kicked the ball, no?”

    Thank goodness you’re around to catch stuff like this. What a beautiful shot. 🙂

  16. January 27, 2011 18:30

    I was hoping you would post about Serhio denying Navarro. Was surprising to see it happen. But it was a hard fought match. I can understand the players’ frustrations, from both sides. Sevilla had a LOT of chances to make things really difficult for RM. We are fortunate to have come out ahead. Ronaldo tapping the ball back to Memut was a fail…
    Great post Una! Thanks for the effort!

  17. mar permalink
    January 27, 2011 20:57

    what a great goal by karim! it’s great for him… i wish he could score more often like this.
    And thank god Raul’s legs exist

  18. Hala_Madrid permalink
    January 27, 2011 21:20

    OMG SERGIO RAMOS!!!! I have no words, he always makes my day : ) and of course you too UNA because you always share those amazing pictures with us ; )

  19. Mari permalink
    January 27, 2011 22:35

    Love your blogs! Exactly what is the linesman checking when the players enter the field? What are they all showing their thighs for?

    • HermosaChica permalink
      January 28, 2011 11:51

      Haha, I’m too thankful to even ask those questions! Bless those thighs. 😉

    • January 28, 2011 15:18

      It’s a requirement that all footballers have amazing thighs, so before they go out, the linesperson makes sure.

  20. Ange permalink
    January 28, 2011 00:11

    I LOVE THE TITLE!!!! cause that all that happen in that game…the golazo, ghost goal and bottle…. *lol* THANX UNA!!!

    so here are my thoughts

    The GOLAZO – LOVED IT!!! BENZ did a great job & I’m very proud of him … And when everyone celebrated and they showed it… I wanted to cry!!! It was a piña!!! 🙂

    The Ghost Goal – It’s hard to tell… but I think it did cross the line … and in others it look like it was on the line …either way…RAUL “CHORI” ALBIOL!!!! AMAZING JOB!!!! ***CLAPPING***

    THE BOTTLE – I hope I never find out who threw that… Because I would hit them with a bottle too!!!! And love how in the after game interview… He said Alvaro’s favorite word … “Imbécil” … *lol*

    other notes

    and it looks like the final is going to be ….

    REAL MADRID vs. FC BARCELONA (hopefully it will be goals from both teams)

  21. Malena permalink
    January 28, 2011 00:41

    Unfortunately I had to miss the game, but I appreciate you taking time to do recaps like this. As long as you have time please never stop!

    Sounds like Sevillan fans need to keep it together, would be nice if Sevilla acknowledged their fans, because that’s not cool at all. In the end i’m glad our boys came on top even though I would have loved to see two more goals on the scoreboard.

    I’m very ecstatis for Benzema like a mom who’s son got accepted to the biggest university of all time. Good for his teammates, precious reactions.

    Btw is it me or has Sergio been looking a little emaciated lately? He’s slimmed down a little too much for my liking over the last 2 months, hope all is well with him.

    • IsaBella permalink
      January 28, 2011 09:58

      He is normally very slim 🙂 sometimes it’s just visible in the pictures.

  22. January 28, 2011 10:50

    Hi Una! Thank you so much for mentioning Xabi’s brilliant performance in this game! Sometimes I feel like he doesn’t get as much attention as he deserves for his playing. However, El Chori and Karim deserve much commendation as well! 🙂

    I don’t even have anything nice to say about that bottle thrower. >:|

  23. Cha permalink
    January 30, 2011 06:48

    thank you for your blog.
    I live in Taiwan where cant watch Real Madrid’s race on television.
    With your website I wont miss it.

    by the way, I love ALBIOL!!!!!!!!!

  24. noelle permalink
    January 30, 2011 10:47

    oh sergio, WOW!! =) im convinced he knew exactly what he was doing putting that tattoo right there…. and i just have to say, what is it with other teams hating on real madrid so much?…. its like they have some extra venom towards us =/…. the whole sporting gijon thing, and now sevilla…. and iker getting hit with a bottle, grrr… dont ever let me be the one sitting next to the person in the stands throwing that bottle, cuz i’ll defend iker like u dont even know!…karim getting loved on by everyone was sooo cute, he was so happy…. albiol’s save was awsome!! im all for giving his bum a lil pat for a job well done =)…. if it ends up being us and barca in the copa final, a win for us would be nice but as long as they do better and behave better than in the classico, i’ll be happy and of course i’ll be cheering for our boys!! win or lose

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