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in case you missed it – the magical edition

April 6, 2011

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Tottenham [2011-04-05, Champions League quarterfinals ida, 4-0.]

I’m happy to report that those magical European nights are back at the Bernabéu (there’s just something in the air), not only because Madrid played their first Champions quarterfinal match in seven years and 12 days, but also because the fans responded to the team’s call and really pushed their club last night (I guess the ball holding and the glaring into the camera worked!)!  Madrid beat Tottenham 4-0, meaning that we’re well positioned for the return leg in London.  And we suffered no injuries! So kisses and applause for everyone!

And unlike the last game, I wanted to re-watch this one, because there really were some magical moments!

ONE. In the tunnel before the game, Cris spoke with Marcelo and Pepe, probably to give them some instructions, but he ended up looking like he was dancing (or maybe he was, but then I think Marcelino would have joined in, no?).  Meanwhile, José Mourinho was just on his way out when his deputy boss stopped him for a word.  The game was probably won right then and there.

I love that there is a poster of the escudo on the ceiling!  Iker touched it before he went out; perhaps it’s another of his manias?

TWO. As I said before, the Bernabéu really pushed their team last night.  The club distributed white and purple flags to help create the atmosphere, and there was also a huge banner on one of the laterales, which said “Until the end.  Let’s go Real.”

Doesn’t that guy really look like Zidane?  They have the same… ummm… hairstyle.

Among those that received chants last night: Mourinho (even though we know he doesn’t like it), Mesut Özil, Cristiano and Manu Adebayor.  When Ángel di María scored, the stadium exploded into the classic “Así, así, así, así gana el Madrid.”  There were lots of “olés” and anti-Barça chants sprinkled throughout the game as well, and the repeated singing of “Somos los reyes de Europa” (we’re the kings of Europe) during the second half.

THREE. It was great – and reassuring – to see Marcelo, Xabi and Cristiano back in the starting line-up.  I love these two moments during the Champions League song when Cris and Ozi were whispering (well, Cris was whispering and Mesut was just listening and nodding), and when Cris gently prodded the kids to leave the field.  It’s Papá Cris!

Everyone had their game faces on.

FOUR. There was also time for hugs, as Rafa van der Vaart made his way down the Madrid line, and Cris and Marcelo also gave each other a hug and had some last minute words while waiting for the kick-off.

Despite playing only two seasons with Madrid, Rafa won the hearts of the fans (much like his teammate Jonathan Woodgate) for his drive, commitment and for never saying anything bad about the team no matter how difficult his personal situation was.  And so he was received very nicely last night, both before and during the game.  Anyone who booed him does not know the meaning of el madridismo¡Gracias Rafa!

FIVE. The goals.

The chants of “¡¡Manolito oé, Manolito oé!!” could be heard continuously at the Bernabéu last night (the loudest ones came when Manolito was subbed out) and they were deserved.

Both his goals came off of headers (he’s not 1.93 meters tall for nothing).  He celebrated the first one by running to the bench and motioning for Lass to come out so he and the others could mob him.  How cute!

Adebayor said after the game that he was touched by the chants, and happy for the result, adding that this was his best game to date with Madrid.

The third goal, the work of Ángel di María, was a ¡¡golazo!! And the celebration deserves exclamation marks too (a la Javi (!!!)) because the players made a manpile.  I’m glad no one suffocated or got injured…

… although Marcelo did have look of intense suffering towards the end.  Everyone got up off of him after he started complaining.

Only two players were missing from the pile and environs.  One was Iker, of course, who hardly ever gets to celebrate with his teammates, and the other was Xabi, because he’s just too classy.  Meanwhile, Cris was there but probably didn’t join in because he was concerned that his hair would be flattened, while Ricky probably thought he was too mature, and Lass is not one for showing too much emotion.  Meanwhile, Sergio probably wanted to be right in the middle of things, but just arrived too late.  I also like how Mesut is, for some reason, perpendicular to everyone else.

The fourth goal came courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo, from near where Ángel had scored the third goal.  He dedicated it to Cris Jr., and the highlight of that goal was the celebration from Mamá Dolores, who was really excited.  Hopefully, this moment of celebration does not mean that she’s in the clutches of Real Madrid’s photographers.

Two more shots of the celebrations from the third and fourth goals.  The bromance is back!  Cris can muss up Ricky’s hair, but if Ricky tried to do that to him, he’d probably bite his hand off (in the cute Xavi and Iker way).

SIX. Is Marcelo trying to make Iker jealous by showing how much hair he has?

SEVEN. Don’t Esteban and Antonio look like the teacher’s pets, sitting in the front row, with attentive, goody goody expressions on their faces?  But Antonio got a bit naughty later, whispering things to Álvaro, and biting his nails.  Maybe he should just keep his gloves on all the time to prevent that.

EIGHT. Speaking of the bench, it was great to see both Pipa and Kaká back, although we didn’t get any shirtless moments during this game.  And once again, I have to say I like the five o’clock shadow on Ricky’s face!

NINE. Oh oh, my knee, my ankle, my back, it hurts so much, I’m in so much pain, I can’t continue, call the medical staff (referee flashes the card)… it’s a miracle!  I also loved this moment from Marcelo (note: I am being sarcastic.  I did not think this is behavior fit for a player wearing Madrid’s escudo.)

TEN. And wasn’t Manolito’s huge smile as he came out to a standing ovation adorable?

ELEVEN. Continuing in the spirit of Sergio, and Esteban from the last game, Ricky Carvalho and Pepe decided to flash some thigh at us.  Pictures here and here, although they’re nowhere in the same league as Sergio.

TWELVE. TVE wanted to interview Adebayor after the game, but he told them to go for Cristiano instead, because he thought it would be more appropriate for the viewers to see and hear someone who speaks Spanish.  ¡Que detalle! So Cris and his red, sweaty face spoke to Rubén León (for some reason, his Portuguese accent came out very strong).  I can’t get over how his hair was still perfectly sculptured even after 90 minutes of running, falling…

… and heading the ball.  Even that can’t flatten his hair!  It really must be some super gel!  I love this picture.

THIRTEEN. Manolito got a hug from Pepe and a tap on the ass from Ricky after the game, while Mou greeted his old friend Harry Redknapp.

FOURTEEN. In the mixed zone, Mesut looked extremely silly wearing his cap in that way, and Iker spoke to the press before heading home to his log cabin.  Sarcasm aside, my poor Iker was sad.  He said, “I’m sad because the other day we let an opportunity escape, that of continuing to fight for the Liga.  I’m competitive and I like to win.  Now we have to go to Bilbao and try to make up the difference with Barça.  Then, we can think about the Champions.”

The players coincided that while the score looks good and close to definitive, they can’t be overconfident.  Iker said, “we can’t have too much confidence, and we have to score goals in London, so that it will be difficult for them to make a comeback.  You can’t relax.  I was eliminated years ago by Monaco.  In football, there is a law that says you have to respect the rival (Sandro, you listening?).  Many things can happen in the return leg, so we have to be prudent.”  Meanwhile, Sergio said, “I’m not the only one who thinks that we’re not in the semifinals yet and we should be realistic,” and Ricky Carvalho added, “we haven’t finished yet and we have to play in London.”  Cris said more or less the same thing in his postgame interview.

FIFTEEN. The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

He’s back, but the cameras didn’t capture much of his posing.

It continued after the game though, during his interview with Silvia Barba.

SIXTEEN. The Mou corner.

The most interesting thing Mou had to say after the game was regarding the card situation.  As I mentioned yesterday, five players were on the brink of a one-game suspension: Pepe, Carvalho, Di María, Sergio and Cristiano (Raúl Albiol is too, but there was no chance that he would get another last night).  Mou said in the postgame press conference that he couldn’t order them to force the suspension: “the issue of the cards is interesting.  Everyone knows we have many players with two yellows and the normal thing would be for some of them to provoke another, so that they miss the game in London.  But Mourinho is the only coach in the world to be sanctioned for doing this.  Madrid is the only team in the history of football to be punished for this reason.  Xabi and Casillas are the only players in the world to be sanctioned for this.  And that’s why we didn’t do it against Tottenham, because I would be sanctioned and would miss the next game.  Cristiano, Carvalho and Di María would be sanctioned.  There are clubs that do it and they laugh in the face of others, but we’re not allowed to do it although we could have.  I’m very proud of being the only coach in the world to have been sanctioned for doing this.”  Classic Mou!

Mou also preached caution, stressing that the team “is not in the semifinals yet.”  He also gave birth to a ball, again.  It’s a boy!

SEVENTEEN. Other notes and looking ahead, brought to you by Cris and his variety of expressions, and Sergio being flexible.  That is of course a good thing, since he has to get creative to make up for his bed being so small and narrow, no?

– did Álvaro get Crouch’s shirt?  I hope so, otherwise will he and El Chori go shirtless?  Hopefully Xabi and his camera are around if that happens!

– in case you’re wondering, Sergio doesn’t usually eat after games because he doesn’t get hungry; he only has liquids.

– Xabi got stuck with the “anti-doping” after the game, and then he had dinner at a terraza with Nagore and friends.

– former Madrid coach Fabio Capello was at the game, as were renowned madridistas Fernando Verdasco, Carlos Sainz, José Mercé… and the king of Spain’s grandson Froilán!

– Pepe will miss the second-leg game in London, after receiving his third yellow card, which translates to a one-game suspension.  Peter Crouch will also miss the match, as he was kicked out of this game and will thus automatically miss the next.

– Madrid has the day off today before beginning preparations to take on Athletic – and Javi (!!!) – this Saturday (18h) at San Mamés.

– and congratulations to Raúl and his Schalke!  I’m so happy for him.  After the game, while Iker, Sergio and Xabi were applauding the crowd from the center of the field, the videoscreen showed the Inter-Schalke score, and those three players were impressed.  Sergio also told the journalists in the mixed zone that he sent a congratulatory text message to “Rulo.”  The fans had also cheered his goal, chanting his name.

And this looked pretty fantastic on the scoreboard too!

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53 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2011 23:28

    I was over the moon and some with the results. I love this team so, so much!

  2. Ranya permalink
    April 6, 2011 23:37

    Wonderful game, especially after Saturday’s. And I was wondering the same thing about Arbeloa getting Crouch’s shirt!

  3. Pammie permalink
    April 7, 2011 00:09

    wonderful, wonderful in case you missed it! THANK YOU!!

  4. ChristinaLFP permalink
    April 7, 2011 00:19

    awww !!!! Marcelo is so adorable ( i think he is my favorite ) like i really wish i could meets him. the face he makes when he starts hurting lol

  5. Cindy permalink
    April 7, 2011 00:22

    Una THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your wonderful recap as always. I was a nervous wreck before the game, but after E. Adebayor scored and the ketcup bottle was open I was in heaven. I don’t want to count my chickens before they are hatch, but OMG if we get to the CL final & win…….

    HALA MADRID

  6. April 7, 2011 00:44

    “Iker spoke to the press before heading home to his log cabin.”

    Favorite line of the day. Hands. Down.

    What a spectacular show from the boys! Last Saturday was my birthday and I wished for them to win the game that day, but this win is much, much sweeter and I’d take it any day. Onwards to this weekend. Bring it on, Bilbao!

    Thank you for the great recap as always, Una!

  7. mokia permalink
    April 7, 2011 00:54

    What a game it was!!! I lost it when the Di Maria goal went in! it was a beauty! the team played some marvelous stuff, and it was rather spectacular how the ball hardly ever left tottenham’s half.
    What a game it was.. Hala Madrid para siempre!!
    Una.. your posts are fabulous. even for a straight man like myself haha You are very consistent and Quite humorous ahah keep up the good work! hala madrid and Take care! 🙂

  8. maneesha permalink
    April 7, 2011 01:16

    Thanks for the excellent roundup, as always. I was a bit disheartened when Crouchy was sent off because I was expecting a competitive match…but I was really disappointed when I saw Marcelo cheering in the background. I thought that was really classless and not at all in the madridista spirit.

    Anyways, I am reeeally looking forward to to the Athleti match (but secretly the ICYMI even more!).

  9. Morales permalink
    April 7, 2011 01:53

    the second half was fucking magical and perfect :DDDDDDDD

    Adebayor’s brace, Di Maria’s GOLAZO, and the Criska gol, all beautiful.

    As always, I love your ICYMI and appreciate all the hard work you put into it.

    the presence of Xabi, Marcelo, and CR7 really makes a difference, doesn’t it?

  10. black widow permalink
    April 7, 2011 02:46

    i am DELIGHTED that i actually got to watch this match (though it was on a 6-hour tape delay, so i had to avoid the internet all day long to not spoil myself with the score, and i’m so glad i did)! not that i don’t love your ICYMIs, because i do of course, but they take on a whole different meaning when you’re actually able to watch the match and remember the exact reference points you describe! 🙂

    Iker spoke to the press before heading home to his log cabin.
    aww! pobrecito! i like his lumberjack shirt! but i felt sad for him, too, with what he said. still, it ain’t over til it’s over!

    given the mood crouchie was in after being sent off, arbeola would have to be very brave indeed to approach him and ask for his shirt! speaking of that incident, whilst the red card was, in my opinion, deserved, i thought it was very uncool and unsporting of marcelo not only to give an oscar-worthy “best dramatic performance by a real madrid player in a supporting role” after being hit, but then to blatantly sit up and smile afterwards. i didn’t love that moment at all, it’s exactly the type of behaviour in other teams and players (especially during the world cup) that makes me roll my eyes and seethe. not very honourable at all. i was disappointed.

    i did think it was rather sweet that ronaldo gently guided his mascot off the field after the song. heh!

    also, i am amassing quite a collection of pre-match photos of sergio where he is praying, eyes skyward towards heaven. so funny!

    gracias, una!

  11. Ange permalink
    April 7, 2011 02:48

    CONGRATS!!!! TO ALL MADRIDISTAS!!!!! ….. it looks like another RM vs FCB … I don’t how my heart is going to handle soooo many …. hopefully both teams win away!!!!

    i enjoyed the game it was sooo amazing …. I just wished Pipita ..would have scored…

    am I the only one that thought that Kaka looked younger????

    Una I love your Xabi Alonso post section… I was watching & I was like … thats going to be on Una’s pose section… *lol* …

    THANKS UNA FOR ANOTHER POST!!!

    (& una 2 bad that Javi!!!! didn’t twit a pic of himself … If he was sooo hot … he should have taken of his shirt… but maybe he wanted you to take it off… soo go help him out… *lol*)

  12. Fotis permalink
    April 7, 2011 03:05

    very well done as always. keep it up!

  13. April 7, 2011 03:54

    So, so happy for the team! And to think that there were talks about even going for a 0-0 draw. This must do wonders for their confidence after that loss in the weekend.

    I agree with you on these things:
    – Papa Cris. So cute!
    – Kaka’s scruff. It matures him and makes him look less like a good-goody.
    – That manpile! Stuff of fan girls’ dreams
    – Ozi’s hat. With those doe eyes, he’ll never be “gangsta”. Haha.

    I don’t agree with you on the Marcelo moment, though. Although Crouch’s 2nd yellow card was arguably deserved, I didn’t like that Marcelo play-acted like that THEN celebrated Crouch getting ejected from the game. It’s unsporting and unbecoming of players of a “gentleman’s club.” I know that Marcelo’s the joker of the team, but I didn’t expect this from him. From what I’ve read here before, I was actually expecting you to call that out, instead of highlighting it as moment that you “loved.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to start an argument here, just stating a difference of opinion.

    • April 7, 2011 10:21

      I was being sarcastic about Marcelo, do I need to work on my sarcasm?

      • April 7, 2011 12:28

        Oh, I suppose it didn’t translate as sarcastic to me. It might just be me, since no one seemed to call you out on it. But it’s not easy to write in a sarcastic tone, in my experience. So, sorry about that and for doubting you there, Una. 🙂

      • Amy permalink
        April 7, 2011 13:40

        I got it–but then I’m the queen of sarcasm 🙂

  14. DebS permalink
    April 7, 2011 04:09

    I’m SO glad I didn’t miss this one! I loved, loved, loved it and not just because of the score. Everyone played so well. You could tell they were really up for this game, even before Crouch was sent off. That header by Sergio (resulting in the pic under 17) was fantastic!

    One thing I did not like was the bloody commentator on FSC. No impartiality AT all. “Go Gareth Go”, “we” when referring to Tottenham, etc. Then there was the time in the box when Ricky was upset over the “no call” when his shirt was being held. The idiot says, “right, like Ricky’s never grabbed someone’s shirt”. It was more than annoying. Someone must have said something to him because at some point he made it a little less obvious.

    Eleven: Angel made an attempt too, when he tried to save the ball from going over the end line. It was more on the line of Ricky’s effort tho. I’m telling ya, Una…they read your blog…I’m just sure of it. :p

    Five: I thought the same thing about the man pile, although I was thinking more about Angel being on the bottom of it than Marcelo. But it definitely looks like Marcelo was in pain. And…no hearts from Angel this time. Also how fitting was it that a former Arsenal player scored not one but two times against the Spurs?

    Nine: I loved Marcelo’s “celebration”. I thought it showed how really up for the game he was. These guys were definitely on a mission yesterday! Of course, the commentator thought his reaction was “sad” (unprofessional) and other pundits were upset about it too. Right, the same people that thought it was wrong for Rooney to be fined/chastised for his goal “celebration”. No room for them to talk, imo.

    Sixteen: What Mou said about the carding is SO true! So many people were all up in arms when the Madrid players did it and yet I’ve lost count of the other teams that do it *cough* Barca *cough*. ‘Funny’…no one seems to be upset when they do it. pfft

    Una, as always, this post made my day!

    oh..and can you tell me what “pa” and “dsd” stand for in Spanish? I’ve seen these abbreviations used several times in posts and can’t quite figure it out. I think “dnd” stands for de nada, right?

    • April 7, 2011 10:26

      “pa” can mean “para” (for), and “dnd” de nada (you’re welcome) or donde (where).

      And Ángel did make a heart, but I don’t think the cameras captured it.

    • rojafan permalink
      April 7, 2011 17:33

      We watched the same broadcast. I was also furious about the commentator. He also kept harping on Sergio’s little push on Gareth Bale, saying he should have a yellow card and be out for the next match, but never once referred back to Tottenham’s handball after Di Maria’s shot. He even said he’d hoped Ramos would bring Bale down and get a yellow card and give away a free kick. Unbelievable! I found it very unprofessional. I know they’re English, but that doesn’t mean everyone watching is!

      • DebS permalink
        April 8, 2011 19:25

        “I know they’re English, but that doesn’t mean everyone watching is!”

        exactly! Especially since it was shown on Fox SOCCER Channel and not too many of the English call it Soccer.

        • Michelle permalink
          April 9, 2011 17:34

          FSC has the Sky Sports feed for CL commentary, so everyone who watched (I was stuck at work) was treated to Ray Wilkins being Very English. Actually… just Very Ray. #stayonyourfeet

        • DebS permalink
          April 11, 2011 05:34

          hahahahaha brilliant! Ya gotta love Rio! I can always count on his tweets to make my day! 🙂

  15. blitzen permalink
    April 7, 2011 04:44

    Congratulations for a terrific game! After Barcelona’s result tonight I am looking forward to meeting RM in the semis. A few things:

    1. Peter Crouch is an idiot. His cards were deserved and he has only himself to blame. He really let his team down.
    2. Marcelo lost some respect from me by celebrating Crouch’s red card like that. Not very sportsmanlike. Other than that, he has been playing amazing lately.
    3. I cannot get used to seeing Adebayor without his dreads. He should either shave it down or grow it out more, it looks weird the way it is now.
    4. Perpendicular Ozil is hot. Sideways cap Ozil is wack.
    5. Mourinho whines even when he wins. Gah!
    6. Raul is a great player and a gentleman. I am very happy that Schalke stomped on Inter and I hope they can keep their lead at home.
    7. No Crackovia translations???

    • April 7, 2011 10:26

      I haven’t found the show very funny or fresh lately, so that’s why I haven’t translated anything recently.

      • blitzen permalink
        April 7, 2011 18:14

        You don’t like the new Di Maria character? I think he is hilarious! 😛

  16. Janet permalink
    April 7, 2011 05:06

    Do you have any news about Karim Benzema?

  17. cisarovna permalink
    April 7, 2011 05:11

    Trying to work while reading the minute by minute report was impossible. So many times I wanted to jump up out of my seat. By the end I was running circles around the office screaming…. all in my head of course. I was lucky to catch a reply of the game when I got home, I turned on the TV just as Manu scored his first. So since I actually got to see the game, I can fully appreciate the detail of the ICYMI for the first time! You captured everything! Even Sergio’s Gumby moment! That header of his was awesome to watch, if it had gone in it would have been a golazo for sure!

    Also, I am so proud of the forward line – Benz stepped it up when Higgy when down, and now Manu has done his part when the whole front line was practically invalid. And not to forget our other forward (from the back line) Marcelo! He was constantly at Cris’ side, like the little yipping dog jumping around the big pitbull (Cris), but Marcelo has more than a yip! He is more like Taz the Tasmanian Devil from Looney Tunes!

    I really loved watching the game, even though by the time I saw it I already knew the outcome. From your blog I have learned about the players and most importantly how they look from the front AND back – very important when trying to figure out who has the ball! So the front and back section is both useful and (very) entertaining!!!

    • April 7, 2011 21:55

      Bwahahaha!! I’m going to always see Taz’s face superimposed on Marcelo’s face from now onwards! Perfect characterization!

  18. PepperPots permalink
    April 7, 2011 05:17

    Perpendicular Mesut is sooo ADORABLE! Hahaha.

  19. Mandy permalink
    April 7, 2011 05:59

    People are now discussing which team will RM face when they reach semi-final. I remember Mou said it before that he doesnt want to face Chelsea and Inter in quarterfinal. Now, these teams had bad luck in their first round. I think Mou’s wish may come true. RM may not meet these teams in next or even final round. ( P.S. i have no intention to offend the fans of these teams)

    Also, i think Ozil has good sense in fashion. His cap and his grey shirt are really match. He can be a model in magazine.:)))

  20. April 7, 2011 06:33

    “Sergio being flexible. That is of course a good thing, since he has to get creative to make up for his bed being so small and narrow, no?”

    AHAHAHA. That’s a good one.

  21. Sanny permalink
    April 7, 2011 08:17

    Lol, did anyone else see the little kid in the gif of Ronaldo talking to Pepe and Marcelo? He seems amused by whatever Cris is doing.

  22. Milleca permalink
    April 7, 2011 08:33

    Awwww at Iker. But the game against Sporting was actually very sad. Although I blamed it a little on the fact that they were all probably tired from international duty.

    That being said, I’m glad that we’re alive at the Champions. We should definitely just focus on that and the Copa del Rey since this month is the month of Clasicos.

    And MOU! How snarky!

    Thanks for this Una!

  23. bethany permalink
    April 7, 2011 09:02

    As much as I hate to say it, Adebayor did play really well…still dont want to keep him and forget he was ever in a Madrid shirt as soon as his loan spell is over

    also love dramatic, sliding Sergio

  24. April 7, 2011 09:14

    I am so happy that we will finally be in the Champions league semifinal ( with all due respect to Spurs) after such a long time! The game and the stadium were great! I hoped Cris would take off his shirt while celebrating the goal so that he gets a yellow card and the other obvious reason too 🙂
    The woman I share a name with should do something about Iker’s lumberjack style………

    • April 7, 2011 09:17

      And I forgot to mention that 4 clasicos in 2 and a half weeks is just too much stress for my heart and hair! But I am confident in our boys and Mou regardless of the last clasico result or their 5-1 against Shaktar.

  25. amouria permalink
    April 7, 2011 09:52

    And see Mou’s interview here where he says that if he and barca qualify, he has to train well against their men, because in the champions league, he always has the same story (in reference to playing always with TEN men)… I wish that one day we are able to play fair game with barca…
    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,19493_6854950,00.html

  26. superfan permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:05

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, no words about how happy I am with the result. Huge win, no injuries, and only one suspension!!! 🙂

    In the man pile photo, Cris is probably checking if Di Maria’s still okay, given his weight. Haha.

    Hopefully, London wouldn’t be too much of a problem! I believe we can do this!!! After so many yearssssss of heartbreak. Finally!!!!

    And so happy too for Raul and his team! That was one beautiful match too.

    And thank you so much for this ICYMI!! Perfect post is perfect. 🙂

  27. Charlotte permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:06

    Can I just fangirl a bit and say that I looooove the fact that Cristiano’s goal resulted from a pass by Kaka? I so hope he makes a great comeback. 🙂

  28. superfan permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:08

    “did Álvaro get Crouch’s shirt? ” – This was also the 1st thing I thought about when the red card was shown. Hahaha. Important question is important. We need an answer!!! Hahaha. Hopefully, he was able to. 🙂

    • mar permalink
      April 7, 2011 11:50

      actually i thought of this too! Oh poor Alvaro…
      that was a great game! i loved it so much, especially the third goal and its celebration. Manu got a better place in my eyes too! And thnx una that was a nice review as always!

      • mar permalink
        April 7, 2011 11:52

        Oh! i forgot to mention that i loved the fact that both “pipita” and “goaaal ronaaaldo” were top worldwide trending posts in the end of the much in twitter!
        that was fantastic!

  29. Didi permalink
    April 7, 2011 11:17

    What a wonderful game!! I’m so happy that we’ve made it through this time. They really deserve it. I like the goal from Di Maria the most. And also the celebration. How cute was it that everyone jumped on each other. Trust me, if I were there I would do the same :P.

    What I didn’t like was the “celebration” from Marcelo when Crouch got his red card. I thought it was unnecessary and very unsporting.

    And I thought that Iker would be very happy when Adebayor scored his second goal. But the only thing he did was spit in his gloves (which I think is very disgusting). Not even a little celebration.

    And you’re right. That hat looks very silly on Mesut.

    Mourinho was right about the cards. Only Real gets punished for doing so. But when other teams do it nobody says a word. Like for instance, the game from Barca-Villareal. Busquets deliberate got a yellow card so that he would miss the next game but would have a clean slate against Real.

    • Didi permalink
      April 7, 2011 11:18

      Oh yeah, and I hope that Arbeloa will twitter if he go the shirt from Crouch or not.

  30. IsaBella permalink
    April 7, 2011 12:49

    wonderful game and a wonderful recap as always! high five to Una, thank you and the boys for this amazing night 🙂
    it’s a true pity that Bernabeu security doesn’t allow anybody to enter Madrid’s vestuario. it truly looks amazing. but of course, this is understandable.
    Sergio looks like an angel on the pregame photo 😀 and Pepe has a tattoo on his wrist, I wonder what it is…
    that Sergio moment when he gets down on his back and knees reminds me of the hours spent on exercising this at the beginning of my dancing course… ayyy….
    Xabi got stuck with anti-doping? that sounds almost like a joke, anyone but him please 🙂
    I’m pretty sad for Inter Milan’s result as it’s my second team 😦

  31. Mani Thangadurai permalink
    April 7, 2011 14:08

    Good result for Real, and certainly with a forward line like that they look unstoppable. But they must work on their defence, and Tottenham certainly didn’t do themselves any favours with Crouch getting sent off. Fair to say that this was definitely a bridge too far as far as the UCL is concerned. They weren’t too bad, but they were lucky to get nil! 😛

    As for Raul, what more can you say about him? A fantastic professional, a real credit to the game and without any doubt the GREATEST striker in the history of European Club football!!

  32. Nurul permalink
    April 7, 2011 14:32

    Una, I love every single thing about this post. Thank you so much for a wonderful recap, and I think I’ll leave it at that. 🙂

  33. Hala_Madrid permalink
    April 7, 2011 15:46

    Nice report unamadridista!

    So we’re going to have 4 clasicos and a possible 5th? I hope we don’t get desensitized to these clasicos!

    I am a huge fan of the wives of Madrid, especially Mamen (Raul’s wife). I know he’s not on the team but he will forever be Madrid. Can you start posting pictures of the wives? I am sure the girls here would like it too, to compare beauty and fashion.

  34. Ser permalink
    April 7, 2011 16:29

    What do they chant when they chant for Özil?

  35. Dina permalink
    April 7, 2011 16:57

    When they were inside the tunnel, while Cris was prepping his boys,, Mesut was waving and smiling to a kid…and Xabi gave him the big pressure on the opponent from the start talk in English:)

    • Jill permalink
      April 8, 2011 19:37

      I had to go back and watch it again. How cute was that?! Love him!

  36. suzanne permalink
    April 7, 2011 21:19

    fantasti match!!! so proud of our boys to come out like that!! and una…lol at that comment about sergio’s bed. hope you have fun ripping javi’s shirt off sat 😉

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