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ICYMI – the two events edition

February 29, 2012

In case you missed it – Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid [2012-02-26, Liga jornada 25, 0-1].

Well, this game can be summed up (for me) by two events: Cris’ taconazo, and the mass (though unfortunately not universal) shirt removal that went on after the game.  Plus, I love that they played in red again!

The ICYMI post could end right here, no?  But since I noticed a few other moments during the game, there’s a bit more to say.

ONE.  First, a couple more shots of that spectacular goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.  Even his detractors (on Cuatro) pointed out that this time, Cris wasn’t showing off, as a backheel flick was the best option given the situation.

Most of the time, I love the celebration as much or more than the goal, but this one was so beautiful that the celebration comes second.

Nevertheless, the mini dance moves from Cris and his gestures during the celebration were pretty great.

TWO.  Others who participated in the shirt removal: Álvaro Arbeloa and Mesut Özil.  Being bathed in the glow of the afternoon sun made both of them look like bronzed gods.  And doesn’t it look like they’re wearing swim shorts, and so they should be at the beach?

There was also a lot of hugging going on after the game, since everyone was relieved to walk away with a win after such a tough game.

THREE.  There were eight yellows (including for Iker for protesting and Marcelo for yapping away at one of the assistant referees) and two reds handed out during this game, and Rui Faria also got himself sent off, his third time in as many months (the two previous times were against Sporting on Dec. 3 and Málaga in the Copa on Jan. 3).  The match report said he was sent off for “getting up off the bench, raising his arms in the air, shouting and repeatedly protesting a decision by the referee, having been previously warned by the fourth official.”  Each time, he was sanctioned with two games (he also received a fine of 600 euros for the first instance, with the club having to pay 180 euros).  Rui needs to control himself.  This makes the club look bad.

FOUR.  The 16h game start was unusual for Madrid, and Iker had a little trouble seeing (unfortunately for him, he wouldn’t be allowed to wear a hat or sunglasses, as Mou had suggested) but the upside was, like I said before, that the sun bathed our players in a golden glow.

FIVE.  I was a bit disappointed that Joselu didn’t get any minutes, though it was understandable.  I love how Esteban, José and Fábio look like they’re having a great time!  And I adore how Fábio’s eyes crinkle up when he smiles or laughs!

SIX.  I also love angry Iker, and what a save to deny Rayo!

SEVEN.  This picture of number seven just makes me laugh.

EIGHT.  Did you notice José Callejón kissing his shirt before putting it on?  And surprisingly enough, he doesn’t have that much gel in his hair, because he was able to run his hand through it with ease.

NINE.  In the first half, Mou scolded Pipita Higuaín for his lack of effort, looking quite comical while doing so.  Thus, when the boys came out for the second half, Xabi was seen encouraging Gonzalo with words and with pats.  They two of them had spent some time together before the game as well.  I love it when Xabi acts like a father out there!

TEN.  Fun moments: a patch on the ref’s shirt mesmerized Pepe (it doesn’t take a lot, does it?), and Sergio showed how he had been elbowed.

ELEVEN.  It’s Raúl Bravo, remember him?  I know, you probably tried your best to forget him, no?

TWELVE.  Some pre-game scenes: Sergio’s perfect hair, and the fact that he was rallying the troops makes him even sexier (he’s telling the guys to pressure the rival).  The others were looking good as well, especially Xabi and his artfully draped sweatshirt.

THIRTEEN.  After the game, Cristiano was asked to talk about his goal, of course.  He said, “I didn’t even think about it, I kicked it with my heel, and thanks to that I surprised the defenders and the goalkeeper.  In addition, the ball had enough force behind it so that it couldn’t be rejected.  This goal allowed us to achieve the triumph, so it had a double value to it.”  When asked to qualify the goal, he said, “it was a very beautiful goal because a backheel goal is always different.  It was a golazo, but it wasn’t the best one of my career, I’ll have to see it on video but I don’t have the feeling that it was the most beautiful one of my career.”  Cris also said that he ran into Joel in the drug testing zone, and he said it was impossible to stop because he didn’t expect it.

Iker described the goal like this: “Cristiano pulled a goal out of his magician’s hat, a great resource.”  So true!  I love that Cris has a bag of tricks!

Pepe celebrated the win and his 29th birthday: “the win is the best birthday present you can have.  Rayo made things very difficult for us.  Cris’ goal was a work of art.”

FOURTEEN.  The Xabi Alonso pose section.™

Xabi was in a pointing mood.


FIFTEEN.  The Mou corner.

Prior to the game, Mou happily posed for pictures and signed autographs for some of the workers at the Vallecas, who told the media that Mou had been very nice.

Mou gave a lot of credit to Rayo in his post-game declarations, saying, “no other rival created so much difficulties for us.  Rayo didn’t deserve to lose, a tie would have been the most just result.  They never gave up and they took risks until the end, including with the substitutions.  I like their coach very much.”  As for Rui Faria’s expulsion, Mou said his assistant’s behavior was the same as the others on the bench, “normal behavior for people that when they are not happy with something, they protest, but with education and respect.  If they send him off, they should send everyone off.  The fourth official [José Luis Munuera Montero] was the most arrogant that I’ve ever met.  There are ways to speak.  You can say, ‘please, be quiet’ or ‘please, sit down’ or ‘calm down.’  With tranquility and education, it’s easier to get things done than with arrogance.”

SIXTEEN.  Other notes.

As stated earlier, the game ended with the classic exchange of shirts, although for the most part (Sergio-José as the exception), the Rayo players only received and didn’t give, since the difficult economic situation the club is going through means that they have to reuse their shirts.  ¡Ánimo Rayo!

Like Esteban Granero several weeks ago, Cristiano Ronaldo was left behind because he took too long to piss for the drug test.  He left in a private car, followed by Óscar Ribot after the team bus had already left.

Sergio tweeted this photo of him and Pepe after the game, saying, “I leave you all with this photo with Pepe, since it’s his birthday.  Congratulations phenomenon!!  No matter who comes, there are centerbacks here for a long time.”  I wonder who he’s referring to???

And hours later, renowned madridista Fernando Verdasco put on the red shirt, just as his team had for their game, when he won the doubles title (along with fellow Spaniard and best friend David Marrero) at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires!

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 29, 2012 17:21

    I did not like anything about this match at all. It would have been a complete farce if not for Cris’s goal. I’m just glad it’s over and we took the three points. I also agree with Mou, we didn’t deserve all three points.

    Una, have you heard of Mou leaving us to go work in London this summer? I hope not. 😦

  2. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    February 29, 2012 17:31

    Not an easy party I have to say these are type of games that champions made for, and I can’t wait for la Roja tonight

  3. February 29, 2012 17:41

    The choice of gifs and photos that you made is highly appreciated Unamadridista, I hope you know that!

    In fact, Sergio in the sun can be an alternative to his another famous thigh photo. 😉

    Anyway, to the match – thanks a lot for a detailed description, it saves me as I am too busy riht now to watch or to follow matches, I hope it will change in the upcoming weeks and I could be back to be up to date.

    My notes:

    – I looooove red outfits
    – Cristiano’s goal was crazy!
    – angry Iker!
    -Sergio’s awesome hair!
    – this last picture of Mou -a boss!

  4. Shiffy permalink
    February 29, 2012 18:08

    Loved the post!

  5. Pammie permalink
    March 1, 2012 01:21

    Calleti kissing the shirt before putting it on, what a mania that is! Surely one that endears him even more to every madridista.

    Cris special photo already spawned tons of photoshops. xD

    Another great ICYMI, thank you!

  6. March 1, 2012 01:43

    That game was difficult to watch. The officials were just big jerks and Rayo played well. Pepe definitely lightened up the atmosphere when he was poking the patch. So happy they won though (obviously).

  7. March 1, 2012 03:02

    this match had me as tense as a clasico, and that is a high compliment for rayo! they were fierce rivals and i totally agree that they deserved a tie (though obviously i’m glad they didn’t get one!). really well done! it breaks my heart to read they couldn’t afford to trade shirts. i hope that playing real madrid brought in some kind of extra revenue through ticket sales or merchandise or something. 😦 so sad to hear.

    i LOVE the boys in red (and iker in black! yes!). it universally suits all of them, and yes, coupled with the late afternoon sun and the removal of said shirts … the real madrid modelling agency is alive and well! (arbeloa … *thunk* i am DEAD.)

    that goal was truly something else. i’m the first to admit it has taken me a long, long time to come around to CR7, but that really was a thing of beauty and he deserves all praise for it. and it doesn’t hurt that it won the game, either! 🙂

    (i am giggling at the idea of peeing taking as long as it does … they’re guys! they can pee standing up! they don’t have to deal with removing and pulling down layers of clothing, they just have to unzip! good grief, how long could it possibly take?!)

    it’s a little funny to read mou critiquing people for being arrogant, as some of his … actions (and words) … could certainly be construed as such over the years, but i’ll say no more than that. but yes, rui needs to stay cool and not repeatedly flip out like that. passion is a wonderful thing, but that kind of behaviour doesn’t serve the team well at all.

    i think during the match, the commentator said that the ref’s badge on his shirt had come loose and pepe was trying to fix it?

    i cannot believe iker got carded. he was barely protesting. that was ridiculous! sergio’s little nod and elbow gesture is funny, but he’s bloody lucky he didn’t get a red card for his own fouls.

    all in all, a great match but a real nail-biter!

    • Jenny permalink
      March 4, 2012 11:57

      Players lose several pounds of water during a game in perspiration. That means they literally cannot urinate because there’s nothing left!

      They have to sit and drink water and wait for something to come. It can take a while!

  8. Happy permalink
    March 1, 2012 17:31

    This is a tough game, Rayo did a good job, and their fans are adorable, keep cheering and singing for the whole game.And it’s rare to have a stadium so close to the flats!!!
    I like the golden shine on Xabi!!! Hope Pipita find his form back soon~

  9. jean permalink
    March 1, 2012 23:29

    Great review once again Una. I feel like if I have to point everything I like about this post its going to be one loooooooon paragraph lol.
    I hope pepe had a gd birthday:). I love Cris and he never cease to amaze me, he is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. What a sweet gesture of Callejon,I hope he stays in this team for a long time.
    Sergio is hot and he knows it jajajja;);):)
    Once again San Iker came to our rescue. I kind of felt sorry for Rayo because they really played well and gave it their all but at the end of the day we still won:)’=; nevertheless they did a great job.
    Im kind of worried with all those injuries that plague us but I wish all of them a speedy recovery.
    Finally I hope that Pipita regains his form.

  10. Sara permalink
    March 2, 2012 00:58

    Que golazo!! And I love Pepe “the troll” I think it’s funny how he laughed afterwards. I wonder if Callejon kisses his jersey before putting it on everytime?

  11. AJ Nelson permalink
    March 2, 2012 02:57

    Drats. Shirt removal and Benzema injured…bummer.

  12. Lee permalink
    March 2, 2012 09:51

    I have read in a couple places that Pepe is suspended for the Espanyol match, but I thought he was only on his 7th yellow. I know he had to sit out for the Granada game because he picked up 2 at Sevilla, but I thought after that, the count would reset.

  13. March 2, 2012 12:30

    thank you. this is wonderful recap

  14. March 2, 2012 17:17

    Thought it was funny how angry the ref got, like “don’t put your hands on me!” until he realized what Pepe was doing, then they both had a laugh.

    • Cosi permalink
      March 7, 2012 10:20

      haha i know! funny. “it doesn’t take much, does it” <–cracks me up!

  15. Cosi permalink
    March 7, 2012 10:19

    AHH Una, thanks for that set of Sergio!!!!!!!!!!! and the game recap too, of course 😀

    lol i love Mou. “With tranquility and education, it’s easier to get things done than with arrogance.”

    BBC’s been going crazy over here about AVB getting axed and the recent Mou spotting. Personally I’d be really happy if he came back to fix the mess at Chelsea, but he’s been so amazing at RM!!!!!

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