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ICYMI – the momentum edition

December 5, 2011

In case you missed it – Sporting de Gijón vs. Real Madrid [2011-12-03, Liga jornada 15, 0-3].

Sorry, I really can’t think of a good introduction or title right now – too busy enjoying the acueducto – but we have notched up another hard-fought win, and so we have a lot of momentum going into this week’s Champions League game against Ajax and this weekend’s Liga game against Barcelona.  It’s a good time to be a Real Madrid fan.

ONE.  We’ll start off with couple of moments of our boys doing nothing yet looking absolutely gorgeous, and in Marcelo’s case, gorgeous and adorable.

TWO.  Prior to the game, Marcelo and Gonzalo Higuaín showed that they don’t only fight together, when they hugged for a very long second.  Meanwhile, Sergio was carrying out his captain duties, cheering on his troops as he handed out high fives and kisses while making his way down the tunnel.

THREE.  I love these two moments of Raúl Albiol and the team photo right before the game started, because they remind me of dancing.  Raúl shows some coordination, while the 11 starters seem to need a bit more practice.

FOUR.  Three goals were scored on the night, including a fantastic effort from Ángel di María to open the scoring for Real Madrid.  Meanwhile, with his goal against Sporting, Cris reduced the number of teams he hasn’t scored on in the Liga to two: Betis and Levante.  And it was great to see another goal from one of our defenders!

I like how Mesut spent the celebration stroking other people’s hair.

¡Somos una piña!

To celebrate the second goal, Marcelo, Cris and Pepe once again did their team jump, only this time Sergio Ramos joined them.  It does appear that they tried to get everyone involved, but only Sergio was game.  The rest just headed immediately into the group hug.

This was Ángel di María’s 11th assist on the season.

As for Marcelino, he celebrated his goal by running over the bench to hug Óscar Ribot and give him a kiss on his shiny head.  Óscar is much more tolerable when he can’t be heard, no?

FIVE.  In the 18th minute, Rui Faria was sent off for protesting one of Iturralde González’s calls, involving a ball disputed between Khedira and Trejo, in which the referee judged that Khedira had been overly aggressive.  Rui Faria raised his arms in protest, as did Mou, and ended up being expelled.  The referee wrote in the official match report that “I have expelled the fitness coach of Real Madrid C.F., Rui Filipe da Cunha Faria (min. 18), for shouting at me from his bench and raising his arms, recriminating me for an action in the play.  Once he was sent off, he went towards the fourth referee and said to him, ‘tell him he’s an embarrassment.'”  It was kind of hilarious, and watching Iturralde was very entertaining.

SIX.  Minutes later, it was the turn of José Callejón, who received a yellow from the bench for protesting a foul from Eguren on Marcelo.  He didn’t look too happy about that, but next to him, Raúl Albiol was having a good time.

By the way, there were six paragraphs in the match report dedicated to the behavior of the fans in El Molinón, including the incident when various objects – a plastic bottle, a beer can and a watch – (what a random collection) were thrown at Madrid’s players while they were celebrating a goal.

SEVEN.  After the game, Sergio stripped off (and with no base layer underneath, Iker are you paying attention?) to give his shirt to a girl who had hung up a sign saying, “Sergio, I’ll exchange a bouquet of flowers for your shirt.”  The word for “bouquet” in Spanish is “ramo” so it was a play on words on Sergio’s last name.

Iker also gave his shirt away to one of the Madrid fans supporting their team in Gijón.  He gets minus points for the base layer, but bonus points for the armband on the bare arm, so let’s call it even.  I liked how he walked back to the tunnel with his arms around Pepe and Marcelo.

Mmm, Iker’s arm muscles!

EIGHT.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

Xabi was absent, but his teammates picked up the slack.  Sergio did Xabi’s favorite pose in the tunnel, while Kaká did it during the game.

XIT looked pretty elegant and poised prior to the game.

And Cristiano took over some of Xabi’s leadership duties, from giving Lass instructions before the game (a totally Xabi thing to do, as we’ve seen many times before) to encouraging his teammates.

NINE.  Despite the efforts of the press to get the players to talk about the clásico, all of the players interviewed in the mixed zone would only say that they were focusing on the next game, against Ajax, and not thinking about Barcelona.  Pepe was even asked whether they had been ordered to do that, while Iker tried to give an explanation: “and what use will it be to talk about that game?  That’s an issue for all of you, who like to bring everything forward, but we’re not thinking about the clásico, really we aren’t.  And if four of us get injured in Amsterdam, what happens?”

Marcelo had trouble pronouncing the word “Ajax,” while Cristiano slapped Pepe on the back of his head with what appears to be a folder or envelope while Pepe was speaking to the press and then ran off.

TEN.  The Mou corner.

Following the game, Mou had this to say about his team: “the team is good.  They’re winning and playing well.  They win games in different ways, from their quality, from their team spirit, for being defensively compact, because they’re killing in counterattacks… football is unpredictable.  In any game, you can lose three points.  There are championships in which the big teams never lose points.  But in this one, it’s complicated because the direct rival does not lose many points and there are many rivals that can defeat you.  This is only three more points.  Nothing more.”

Ángel di María came in for some praise, with Mou saying, “many people in Spain didn’t know how good this player was.  He was unknown because Benfica wasn’t playing in the Champions and because he hadn’t had a good World Cup.  But I knew that he had many qualities that I liked.  He’s a humble boy who works hard, who helps, with a lot of personal ambition.  For him, the team is above all else.  I like this simplicity more than his qualities as a footballer, which obviously I like as well.”

Xabi also received some praise (“there’s only one Xabi Alonso”), as did Lass and Khedira (“they worked well defensively and also in organizing”) and the Sporting fans (“they gave their team an incredible amount of support and showed hostility without violence towards the adversary.  I like this public a lot”).

It was also great to see the hugs between Manuel Preciado and Mou!

ELEVEN.  Other things.

Iker gave us this photo of Raúl and Gonzalo on the way home from Gijón, saying that Raúl was convinced that Spain would win the Davis Cup, while Gonzalo had plenty of faith that Argentina could make a comeback.

Sergio tweeted this video shot by “Calleti” of this new tradition (well new to us, who knows how long they’ve been at it).  José’s camera handling skills have improved, because this time he’s captured all of shirtless Sergio.  Next step: how to focus the camera.

As for Castilla, unlike last week, when Madrid and Castilla both came out on top in the local derby, Castilla was unable to beat their Asturian rival after Madrid had dispatched theirs.  Castilla lost 1-3 to Oviedo at the EADS, with Víctor Merchán scoring our only goal.  Despite the loss, Castilla is still the leader of their group.  Jorge Casado will miss the next game against Marino de Luanco (another Asturian team) after getting sent off from this game.

Antonio Adán and José Callejón were at the game, cheering on their former team, as was Aitor Karanka.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. Alyssa permalink
    December 5, 2011 17:33

    That girl who got Sergio’s jersey. I’m so jealous I can’t even deal with it.

  2. noviana noor aisyiah permalink
    December 5, 2011 17:41

    who’s oscar ribot, una?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 7, 2011 10:47

      He’s the head of press, and the guy who does the Real… interviews (in Spanish).

  3. Arshjot permalink
    December 5, 2011 17:42

    maybe you could have just made it moumentum

  4. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    December 5, 2011 17:46

    I love title, the atmosphere is so relaxed, we are in good position, Mourinho is being relaxed, even if players were instructed not to talk about clasico, well I like the approach.

    This game in the first half was a joke, hilarious, why why he sent off Faria, Mourinho was the one objecting, it was hilarious, he was very intense for this game, it is not worth it, you know!

    Anyway, higuain is just growing up to be one fine man, he is looking so handsome. As for Ramos video, better close up won’t be bad, no? I demand more of this every week too good for Ramos to share.

    Finally Vamos Rafa, Vamos Espana! better luck next time higuain :p

  5. Stella permalink
    December 5, 2011 18:13

    Yes! Send Jose to the filming school I get headace from watching the clip. But it so sweet that Ramos always have Özil around as a trick friend. I bet him and Mes have kicking competitions. Nice of him to give the shirt to the smart girl. I love her Ramo thing!

  6. Shiffy permalink
    December 5, 2011 18:20

    When you wrote “Iker gave us this photo of Raúl and Gonzalo….” I read it Raul Gonzalez and my heart skipped a beat! Capitan!

  7. Ally permalink
    December 5, 2011 18:22

    Thanks Una!
    I was scared we were gonna lose this game and it would be one with lots of yellow cards but luckily we managed to score 😀
    I’m already excited for el clasico but also for ajax 🙂 I hope this will be a good week!

  8. December 5, 2011 19:05

    we really have the most adorable team in the world and the best blogger too! thanks for a lovely post, una.

  9. December 5, 2011 19:24

    Although I don’t drool over the team since I’m a dude, I find this blog amazingly original!

  10. raooya permalink
    December 5, 2011 19:39

    I think Calleti was listening and he learn very fast hhhhhhh
    thank you for the post Great as usual

  11. December 5, 2011 20:14

    I loved the six gif’s that you started this post with. I confess I stared at them for far too long.

    Please let’s all vote to send José for camera classes. :))

    I enjoyed this game, but like the press have already started thinking about playing barca. 😐

  12. amouria permalink
    December 5, 2011 21:19

    I loved Cris’ face expression when he was calling all the team to come together to celebrate his goal. Adorable. …
    But poor our sunshine Marcelo, couldn’t find any body to celebrate with him, except that bald (the TV bla bal)..
    I appreiciate Mou’s gesture toward Sporting’s coach …yea now Mou is more discrete, doing his job without being involved in small fights. That is great…
    There will come a time when he all Spain will acknowledge that he is the best coach in the world, and that time is approaching…

  13. Pammie permalink
    December 5, 2011 23:07

    another win, yay!
    The cameraman caught some really pretty close ups of Pipita *.*
    I hope Cris gives up on the jump celebration or makes everyone practise with him, so it looks less forced. Good that they all filled in so well for Xabi. I missed XIT, it makes me sad when he doesn’t even make it to the bench. I hope he gets some action against Ajax.

  14. December 6, 2011 00:41

    This was a great game, too bad the ref was more concerned with disciplining the bench than watching the field. I mean come on, 2 cards to the Madrid bench and 1 to Gijon…that’s just ridiculous, and it almost looked as if Iker would get in trouble at the end for taking off his shirt.

  15. December 6, 2011 01:13

    I forgot to add this question, do you know why Barca and Rayo Vallecano have played 1 more game than pretty much everyone else in the league?

    • unamadridista permalink*
      December 7, 2011 10:48

      Because the weekend that game was scheduled to be played coincides with the Club World Cup, so the game was moved up to allow Barça to play in that tournament.

      • December 8, 2011 00:24

        oh, that makes sense, thank you. I was so confused for a while when some people said Madrid has a 3 point lead and others said 6.

  16. JCF permalink
    December 6, 2011 04:43

    Thanks for the post Una! Didn’t have time to watch the game; I feel Iker looked extra good to make up for the absence of Xabi hahaha.

  17. December 6, 2011 04:53

    I love Cristiano’s expression before the goal celebration. It’s like he’s saying “hey Pepe and Ramos, get over here fast we have to blast off now!!”

  18. Futbolfan permalink
    December 6, 2011 07:09

    AAhhh, it’s overwhelming how much love I have for this team.
    Great victory, and just a note on the little details that make Madrid all the more better:

    I love how in the gif where Coentrao jumps on Cris’s back, Pepe is running to celebrate while pulling at the escudo and pointing to it. Lovee!
    Also, in the jumping celebration gif(how amazing would it be if the entire team actually did it all together, at once!?! MARCELO, GET ON IT!) I love how when they all hug after the jump, Cris specifically goes for Angelito(who played an amazing game!) to thank him, as seen in the next pic.

    Sigh, once more thank you Una, for these lovely posts, my day would not be complete without them!

  19. wandering permalink
    December 6, 2011 11:21

    Acueducto? Are you still travelling Una? 🙂

    Now I’m really excited for the El Clasico. Let’s hope no injuries ruin our momentum 🙂

  20. @ulonghaz permalink
    December 6, 2011 11:39

    Wow…it’s funny how Cris tried to show the boys how to jump…
    Haha, his face is hilarious

  21. superfan permalink
    December 6, 2011 13:15

    Our team has the best celebrations!! How dorky is that particular celebration among Cris, Marcelo, Pepe, and Sergio? 🙂 Too cute. 😀

    Di Maria’s goal was so amazing. The angle of that goal was ridiculous. Howwww?

    Thanks so much for this recap. 😀

  22. Happy permalink
    December 6, 2011 15:27

    I like how they celebrate the second goal, and understand why Cris, Marcelo and Pepe always be together!!!
    I love this game, we win hardly, but it shows our unity, we are a team finally, thanks!

  23. ThatPerson permalink
    December 6, 2011 18:41

    I actually like Oscar.
    have you seen this video ( ) of him and Marcelo. too cute 😀

  24. Pat permalink
    December 6, 2011 18:51

    Great post Una !!!! I love the moment number 1. Our guys are incredible !!!

  25. December 7, 2011 04:54

    Aww thanks for your posts as always!

    So their custom is to flick the ball to the song…or?

    hahahaha btw I love the song they’re playing in the background of their video! It’s on my ipod and I listen to it all the time.

    Love the Castilla reports too!! One of my favorite parts of all your posts.

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