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in case you missed it – the 21 and counting edition

March 20, 2011

In case you missed it – Atlético vs. Real Madrid [2011-03-19, Liga jornada 29, 1-2].

Yesterday’s win increased the magic number to 21, that is, 21 derbies without an Atlético win.  As El Mundo put it, Madrid is psychologically, physically and technically superior to their neighbors (the trivot worked!).  Karim Benzema and Mesut Özil scored for Madrid, and Iker Casillas used whatever he had on hand (and his hands) to time and again frustrate Atleti.*

ONE. So yay, everyone gets a high-five from Ricardo Carvalho!

* The only bad news is that we lost Cris for two to three weeks.

TWO. The goals.  Both were beautiful, and I loved the celebrations as well.  Karim Benzema got forehead rubs from Pepe and Ricky for his effort…

… right after everyone on the team, with the exception of Iker, came to celebrate with him.  His Liga scoring streak is at four games.

And the hug between Sergio and Ozi on the latter’s goal was adorable, no?  How come Mesut always looks so tiny?

THREE. We won the game with two goals, but that effort would have been worthless if it weren’t for the stopping prowess of San Iker, once again.  Here are just a couple of his paradones from last night.

After the game, Iker talked about his saves, and said they were mostly due to being in the right place and that they weren’t spectacular.  When he talked to Cope and they congratulated him for his great game, he was surprised and said, “thank you, I guess.”  Iker also characterized Benzema as “phenomenal as a person.”

FOUR. In addition to doing his goalkeeping duties (making a save saw him rewarded with a hug from Pepe), Iker also did his captain duties, making sure that a confrontation did not become anything bigger.

FIVE. I love the way everyone on the bench is looking at Mou.  They’re probably wondering what he’s doing and what’s going through his mind.  I suspect no one will ever know.

SIX. Marcelo and Kun almost got into a fight, but they made up in the end.  They look like little kids fighting over a toy or something.  It’s my turn!  Good thing Papá Carvalho and Papá Xabi (who else?) stepped in to separate them, no?  Happy Father’s Day to the two of them!

SEVEN. More Iker: his intense look of concentration, that stupid layer, leaning and the wind wreaking havoc with his hair.

EIGHT. My favorite duo.

NINE. Mesut almost got into a fight (yes, really) at the end of the first half, and he kept on yapping away (in what language I wonder) even as he was being ushered off the field by Marcelo.  Meanwhile, Sami did some stretching.

TEN. Some idiotic fans shouted “you’re a monkey, Marcelo, you’re a monkey” at Marcelo, and he responded by raising his arms as if wanting more, and this little smile.  After all, his team was up 2-0, most likely going home with a win, and prolonging Atleti’s nightmare for one more year.  So who gets the last laugh?  The fans can have their little chants – that’s all they have anyway.

ELEVEN. I loved this moment where Cris was lying on the field, because with his hand behind his head, he looked like he was just taking a break.  And after that, you think he was rubbing his head or making sure his hair looked good?

TWELVE. Why is that shirt so long?  Couldn’t it have gone higher?

And for those who are here just for Sergio.

THIRTEEN. We saw Zipi warming up, but it was Zape who got into the game.

FOURTEEN. Cris was insulted throughout the game, but especially when he was substituted.  He got the loudest whistles of the night, and then shouts of “die, Cristiano.”  His response was to point at his ear and ask the fans for more.

And Mou thought he was taking too long to make his way off the field, so he told him to hurry.  Love it!

After the game, Cris said he thought nothing of the insults, because he’s used to them.

FIFTEEN. At the 4:00 mark, Mou was relaxing on the bench with his feet up.  By the 4:51 mark, he was glaring at the field and writing so much in his notebook that he had to flip a page.

SIXTEEN. Another great moment:  Mou ordering Cristiano to be quiet after Madrid scored their second goal, as Cris was complaining to the referee about a possible penalty.

SEVENTEEN. There was a moment of silence before the game in memory of the victims of the earthquake in Japan, and for Adrián Escudero, the maximum goalscorer of the club in the Liga.  Xabi looked model perfect during it….

EIGHTEEN. … which leads us to… The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

NINETEEN. Cristiano confessed that he was “very nervous on the bench after the 1-2 because I’m not accustomed to watching the game from there.”

TWENTY. The Mou corner.

Mou responded to the insults received by Cristiano and Marcelo by saying, “I continue to believe this is a fantastic stadium to play football, with an atmosphere that we would like to have in any stadium in the world, but obviously this type of insults aren’t good.  That takes away from this fantastic stadium.  You have to have more respect for the players and for their families.”

He also praised the referee’s performance, as well as that of Iker, although “I don’t like it when my goalkeeper has so much work.”

Mou also said that “I was tired, so imagine the players… Cristiano was at risk, Benzema and Özil were very tired.  I have to congratulate my players because they were dead tired but gave it everything they had on the field to achieve this win.”

TWENTY ONE. Other game notes: Cris ended the game with pain and inflammation in his left thigh, while Ricardo Carvalho bruised his lower back and suffered a contracture in his right hamstring.  Pobrecito.  Cris was examined today and had an MRI done, which showed he has a grade I injury to his left thigh, and he will be out two to three weeks.

TWENTY TWO. Looking ahead: the next training session will be on Wednesday, as this week and part of the next are for international games.

Spain – Iker, Sergio, Arbeloa, Albiol and Xabi.  March 25 vs. the Czech Republic (Euro qualifier), March 29 vs. Lithuania (Euro qualifier).

Spain U-21 – Canales.  March 24 vs. France (friendly).

Germany – Özil, Khedira.  March 26 vs. Kazakhstan (Euro qualifier), March 29 vs. Australia (friendly).

Portugal – Cris, Carvalho and Pepe.  March 26 vs. Chile (friendly), March 29 vs. Finland (friendly).  I assume Cris won’t be making it.

France – Benzema.  March 25 vs. Luxembourg (Euro qualifier), March 29 vs. Croatia (friendly).

Brazil – Marcelo.  March 27 vs. Scotland (friendly).

Argentina – Garay, Di María.  March 26 vs. the U.S. (friendly), March 29 vs. Costa Rica (friendly).

And Castilla plays this afternoon against Alcalá, hoping to extend their non-losing streak to 11.  Good luck to them!

39 Comments leave one →
  1. Ally permalink
    March 20, 2011 15:02

    I’m glad we won!! Men of the match for me were Mesut and Iker.
    I become angry when the Atleti ‘fans’ shout insulting things to Cris&Marcelo..They didn’t deserve that no?

    P.S. At point TWENTY ONE you wrote pobreito instead of pobrecito 😉 Not that it matters, because this was another amusing ICYMI, thank you!

    • DebS permalink
      March 21, 2011 23:37

      I agree! I do think that Sami played much better as a more attacking midfielder. He had a pretty good game too, imo.

  2. Debsen permalink
    March 20, 2011 15:08

    This comment and picture, makes me think of how Iker dries his hair :).

    “and the wind wreaking havoc with his hair.”

  3. Lulja permalink
    March 20, 2011 15:22

    Eres un fenómeno, Una. The match was yesterday night, and less than a day later, this beautiful (large!) post is out. Thank you so much for your efforts!
    This derby was so intense but still fantastic. Both teams were constantly fighting during the 90 minutes. I agree with Mou, it’s probably not that good to see Iker having to stop so many shots, but – madre mía – he damn proved he is the one and only Saint out there (I know, using damn and Saint in one line is quite paradox)!
    I must admit though; there was a little cute lama on the field yesterday who once again showed us that Spain’s goal will be well-protected in (far, far, far away) future times.

  4. Maddi permalink
    March 20, 2011 15:29

    Yay Marcelo got called up for Brazil!!! I hope he gets to play.
    And those idiotic fans calling him a monkey and insulting Cristiano… I think you put it perfectly when you said, “So who gets the last laugh? The fans can have their little chants – that’s all they have anyway.”
    Besides, Marcelo looks ADORABLE in that pic. I love Marcelo!!!! He is quickly becoming my second fav. (After Iker of course…) And speaking of Iker, he did amazing yesterday!
    And Karim is on FIRE!!! Yay!

  5. IsaBella permalink
    March 20, 2011 15:45

    oh Sergio: I love you and your hair, but you already know that, remember? 😉
    I would die to hear Mesut speaking Turkish 🙂 unfortunately, I would have to be the Queen of Spain to get him for an interview…. :/
    My Madrid love number one Alvaro Arbeloa finally got into the game!! I was hilariously happy about it 😀

  6. Artin permalink
    March 20, 2011 15:48

    Hey Unamadridista, you are doing a great job!

  7. IsaBella permalink
    March 20, 2011 15:49

    oh, Una: I noticed that the derbi was a parade of brand new boots. Cristiano and I think Marcelo and Mesut had the new purple Mercurials and Sergio the new T90s 🙂

  8. March 20, 2011 16:05

    thanks for the international call-up breakdown. A truly world class team… 🙂

  9. mar permalink
    March 20, 2011 16:08

    ohhhhh how nicely is sergio’s hair bounching?

  10. Kat permalink
    March 20, 2011 16:16

    What has Mou done/said to Karim?!?!?! Can’t he do/say the same to Kaka? Karim’s form has been astounding and it was like someone flipped a switch in him, and the goals have been pouring out ever since. It really is amazing.

    Everyone seemed so fired up! Ozi ALMOST getting into a fight? It must have been a really intense game! Haha… But seriously. My favorite break-up-the-fight moment was Carvalho almost running over Marcelo and Kun just to stop them from fighting. Papa Carvalho indeed.

    And I love Cris still being intense on the bench. I hope that it really is just 2-3 weeks that he’ll be out. We need him in 4 weeks time!

  11. March 20, 2011 16:35

    Hi Una,

    I was wondering if you could confirm that the Atletico fans were singing Torres’ song from Liverpool last night on the occasion of his birthday today?

    I could hear the melody from the fans, and sort of make out the words – but I’m not too sure.

    Thanks 🙂


    • Maddi permalink
      March 21, 2011 21:43

      I thought I heard that too!!! It was the same tune…

  12. ChristinaLFP permalink
    March 20, 2011 16:37

    hahaha!! Marcelo, looked like he slaped Mesut’s hand like saying ” boy put your hand down, dont start no fight” God I love them

  13. DebS permalink
    March 20, 2011 17:33

    “Filipe and Mesut Ozil both go to ground as they jostle with each other. Filipe shorts ride down and he shows the Calderon a full moon!”

    Never a dull moment in a Madrid derby, no?

  14. Gillian permalink
    March 20, 2011 18:31

    “How come Mesut always looks so tiny?”

    Cuz he’s Baby Mesut?

  15. March 20, 2011 21:10

    19- cris’ gestures..super cute LOL..
    12-maybe’ somebody’ should teach sergio how to cut *cough* shirt *cough* too..lalala.. 😀
    11-wow was cris’ head that itching?
    7- i loike iker’s hair..and he was indeed superb last night..
    and 1-i wanna pat iker’s ass too..lololol.. 😉

    overall,i’m really proud of the boys for keeping the long-stand winning record against the neighbor..its not that easy when everybody was tired..anyway get well soon,crissy..

  16. Mel permalink
    March 20, 2011 22:46

    I was almost on my knees at the end of the game begging Sergio would take his shirt off the moment he grapped the bottom of it.

    What does the tape on his left index finger mean? I think he’s played with it for a while now, but I cannot figure out the meaning behind it. And it’s not something he’s done last season.

    Very disapointet that he shaved before the game, but he has to do that once in a while of course. He is so much hotter to me now with stubble. He is still hot without though.

    • March 21, 2011 18:48

      He has a ring and they tape it rather than him taking it off. Lots of players do that.

      • Mel permalink
        March 22, 2011 23:21

        right, that makes sense. What kind of ring, I wonder…..

      • noelle permalink
        March 23, 2011 07:03

        as long as its not a wedding ring lol =) im beyond happy

  17. faith permalink
    March 21, 2011 01:04

    And the other 21st – did you catch Felipe in min 21 slide with Ozi? Why can’t the wardrobe malfunction happen with our boys? Namely Sergio **grin** But with our luck there would be “the stupid layer”

    18 – 1st Pic – Pepe asking Xabi “Is this pose ok PapaBoss?”

    Great ICYMI again Una!

    • DebS permalink
      March 21, 2011 23:32

      Maybe, Filipe was trying to show the boys how it’s done? And thanks to Ozi for his part. We can only hope they were taking notes!

  18. Maisoun permalink
    March 21, 2011 01:40

    It looks like Sergio decided to give Ozi a Heimlich hug 😛 he needs to be careful with with little German! haha

    I loved Mou’s little talk to the hand moment on the bench! Cracked me up…Mou the little diva!

    And SHEESH! There wasnt a camera that could swing around Sami as he stretched??? That kind of stretching deserves 360 treatment!

    ….though Im not here just for Sergio..most days…I sure am liking the new section dedicated to him ;D ❤

    • IsaBella permalink
      March 21, 2011 08:55

      ‘though Im not here just for Sergio..most days…I sure am liking the new section dedicated to him ;D <3' – I'm all for it, too 😀

      • Cosi permalink
        March 22, 2011 04:03

        I’m for it, third- definitely, hands down!

        PS am I the only one getting a bit envious on Sergio’s behalf of Marcelo’s recent scoring? All in fun, of course…. but I hope Sergio can get in on the scoresheet soon!

        • noelle permalink
          March 23, 2011 07:07

          me too!!! i miss when sergio scores, the backflip and the shirt raising, i dont see it enough =( it just seems like this season he’s very serious about his defensive duties, the more he gets forward, theres that risk so i understand, i hope he scores more tho

  19. ulong permalink
    March 21, 2011 01:40

    they were a a very beautiful goals indeed
    and benzema is getting more and more like a lion than a cat
    i can’t wait to see Benz play along with Higu

  20. March 21, 2011 05:16

    EPIC!!! 🙂 thanks for posting my dear!

  21. March 21, 2011 12:33

    I HATE that I missed this game but really THANK YOU UNA! ❤

    Angry Mesut is so hot ❤
    And poor Crispy. I hope he gets well VERY soon. He does look weird on the bench.

    • March 21, 2011 18:50

      If you have access to, you can watch it in it’s entirety in HD. It works here in America. don’t know about other countries.

  22. Maestro permalink
    March 21, 2011 13:00

    I love the 16th pic, look at Benz’s look and gesture (so funny) at Cris when the portuguese goes to argue with the ref.

    I love Benzema

  23. March 21, 2011 15:10

    Lovely ICYMI, I feel almost as if I saw the game myself, even though I could not watch it (unortunately), I must catch some replays on TV!

    Very nice Sergio gifs and pics, I do appreciate. The same goes, of course, for Xabi’s pose section and everything Iker-related;-)

    and have I already mentioned how much i love the signing of Mesut the Bambi Nemo? He is awesome!

    The only “dissapointment” is that – apparently(?)- there was no traditional Sergio vs. Kun fight. Marcelito is adorable but still Sexio vs. Sergio Kun is a much hotter confrontation. LOL

  24. cisarovna permalink
    March 22, 2011 01:19

    I am kind of hoping that Cris’ injury was exaggerated so he would properly recover from the last injury before playing international friendliest. I don’t mean that I think he is faking or bailing on Portugal, just don’t want to consider he might not be available (or at 100%) for the first round with the Spurs.

  25. clara permalink
    March 22, 2011 03:26

    Marcelo gives me pride to be Brazilian!

  26. Charlotte permalink
    March 23, 2011 05:21

    Unfortunately Roberto Carlos (former RM player) was also victim to racist chants in Russia…

    It shouldn’t happen. It just shouldn’t happen. 😦

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