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ICYMI – the euphoria edition (II)

April 24, 2012

In case you missed it – Barcelona vs. Real Madrid [2012-04-21, Liga jornada 35, 1-2].

In a way, I’m glad that it was neither a pasillo nor the alirón at the Camp Nou on Saturday night, because then a victory like the one we got would have meant nothing.  And I’m glad this game had a clear winner, that there were no controversies over refereeing decisions, no fighting, no fury, no angry words, just football.  And that just 27 percent possession is enough for a win!

Madrid now needs just six points in its next four games to win the 2011-12 Liga without depending on anyone else.  Madrid could become champions this weekend if we beat Sevilla and Barcelona loses to Rayo Vallecano, since the difference will be stretched to 10 points, and there will only be nine points left to play.  If that happens, it will be interesting to see what happens with the pasillo at San Mamés, especially since the fans and club don’t have very warm feelings towards Madrid after the whole Copa del Rey final site issue.

FIVE.  Let’s start with several gif-able moments from the game.

(Look who’s together again.)

SIX.  The goals.

Sami had the honor of scoring the record-breaking 108th goal of the current campaign, by shooting the ball into the goal through the legs of Carles Puyol.  This set a new record for most goals in a Liga season.  And we have four games left!  The previous record was held by the 1989-90 Madrid team, with 107.   The goal average is a stellar 3.2 goals per game.

And for those people claiming that Sami’s goal is offside, TV analysis (on like every single channel in Spain) shows that Adriano’s foot was aligned with Sami, making his position legal.

Cristiano’s goal was equally important, and I loved how he managed to dash the hopes of a Barça comeback almost immediately and silence the Camp Nou.  He took the wind right out of their sails.  Pep knew it.

If Cristiano scores against Mallorca (jornada 38), he’ll become the first footballer in the history of the Liga to score against all of the other teams in the league in one season.

Loved the little moments in the goal celebration between Cris and Calleti, and Pepe and Sergio!

SEVEN.  What an ugly gesture from Dani Alves to Cristiano!  It brought back memories Pepe stepping on Messi’s hand, only this time, the pro-Barcelona press remained quite silent, without their usual outrage, since of course it went against one of their players.  There was also this little scene earlier in the game where Alves rejected Sergio’s offer to help him up.  What poor sportsmanship.  But I liked that Cris and Alves made up later, and so the situation didn’t get bigger.

EIGHT.  And I’m happy that both our fullbacks had excellent games, with Coentrão shutting down Alves and Arbeloa doing the same to Tello.  I have to add that I’m especially happy for Fábio following all the criticism he received after the game against Bayern Munich.

NINE. Cheers to the rain for making the shirts transparent and cling to the players…

… and for giving us pictures like these.  Hopefully no one got sick though!

TEN.  Pep Guardiola is known for his irony, and I think it’s maybe rubbed off on those around him.  Prior to the game, we had Barcelona fans taunting Cristiano Ronaldo with chants of “Messi, Messi,” which would have been made much more effective had those same people not been taking pictures of him with their cameras and mobile phones.  They know they’re in the presence of a superstar.  Then during the game, we had Thiago yelling at the Madrid players, “you all are spending the entire game on the ground!”  At that moment, Sergio Busquets walked past him.  Oh, the irony.

ELEVEN.  The combined Xabi Alonso/Esteban Granero pose section, since Xabi makes a guest appearance in Esteban’s moment.

TWELVE.  The Mou corner.  At least he refrained from throwing that plastic bottle at the bench.

THIRTEEN.  I don’t know if you noticed, but yesterday “lamamadadeXavi” was a trending topic on twitter.  In English, that translates to “Xavi’s blow job.”  This was the result of the unfortunate Sport cover (left) for today, which showed Xavi positioned in quite an awkward place, and with that sex ad right underneath!  Shortly after, Sport changed their cover to the one on the right, using a slightly different picture and repositioning the sex ad.  Jajaja!

FOURTEEN.  I was originally going to start off the post with these two gifs, but I couldn’t resist making the one on the left part of the blog homepage (for now), so here they are.

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    April 24, 2012 14:54

    I know about Alves incident jajaj! make me laugh so hard that no one is mentioning it!

    Anyway I am still smiling :D, I loveeeee this team so much ( although they hurt us alot), BUT when they know how to make me smile for 4 days now, I hope tomorrow I contiune smiling

  2. April 24, 2012 15:11

    Una, I love this post. And I vote that the last gif should always be part of your homepage. What happened that night was something truly special.

  3. Jenny permalink
    April 24, 2012 15:44

    “They know they’re in the presence of a super-star…”

    Una – we can’t manage without you because you notice details no one else does!

    What a gorgeous second part – it must have taken ages to make!

  4. Kristen permalink
    April 24, 2012 16:25

    Una, you’ve out done yourself here. I feel like I will come back and read this post over, and over, and over again. THANK YOU and HALA MADRID!!!!!

  5. April 24, 2012 17:05

    I have been waiting for that Raul and Cristiano comparison. That’s what I immediately remembered when I saw Cris’ gestures after his goal. I’m surprised that it hasn’t been mentioned at all, at least in the post-match coverage I’ve read.

    And what is the alirón? I’ve tried Iker’s BFF, but there doesn’t seem to be an English translation.

    I agree with you regarding the defenders, Coentrao, especially. It takes a lot to bounce back from the criticism he got after the match in Munich. To do so so quickly, and in a match like the Clasico is a testament to his spirit and professionalism.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      April 25, 2012 15:26

      It has the meaning of winning a title.

  6. superfan permalink
    April 24, 2012 17:23

    Una, you are simply the best! Seriously. Thank you for all these Clasico round ups. They’re amazing! 🙂

    And about that Alves incident, talk about double standards. Ugh. And hahahahahahha on that Sport cover. Awkward. Hahaha.

  7. ama permalink
    April 24, 2012 21:01

    Gorgeous, gorgeous moments! I like that you are helping us savor every bit of it, Una. I could watch that gif of Özil’s pass and Cristiano’s goal all day long.

    My culé friend, who constantly refers to Pepe as a monster, refuses to concede that Dani Alves can be just as bad, and bemoans the fact that I am madridista (he’s from Barcelona, I’m American) has, curiously, not made any mention of Alves’ spikes in Cristiano’s side. Seems like everyone is keeping fairly quiet about that…

    Also, I was really proud of the way Cristiano handled that incident and the whole game. He has really matured a lot at Madrid, I think, and it’s really too bad that there are so many people who refuse to give him credit for both being a superstar and being more grown up now. He played with a lot of dignity. I think I was most pleased about that–our whole team behaved like the Real Madrid we all want them to be. Even Sergio, beloved collector of red cards, kept his cool the whole game. I want to see this calm, masterful team again tomorrow against Munich!

  8. April 24, 2012 21:12

    great summary!!!!

    I really like that you put the gif of Raul and Cristiano on the main page;-)

    I definitely need to rewatch the game!

  9. April 24, 2012 21:28

    I thought the same thing when I saw that video of the “messi” chants to Cristiano, but then everyone is taking pics of him. LOL

    I love that gif of Cristiano’s comparison to Raul’s moment at Camp Nou….so beautiful. I still can’t stop smiling!

  10. Priya permalink
    April 25, 2012 00:57

    I honestly can’t get over how absolutely beautiful that Raul/Ronaldo gif is. I got goosebumps when I first saw it.

  11. LAL permalink
    April 25, 2012 01:43

    Una, what did CR7 said in that gif? I am not a good lip reader. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Jess permalink
    April 25, 2012 01:45

    This was amazing. I swear I get emotional just seeing these images again!

  13. @ulonghaz permalink
    April 25, 2012 04:49

    Oh my..Una, I love Cris last gift you put there. How happy he was..And Raul..bring so much good memories to all Madridistas 😀

  14. Sara permalink
    April 25, 2012 05:41

    I loved Ronaldo’s celebration! I also vote for that gif to always be part of your homepage! Thanks again!

  15. April 25, 2012 08:01

    Ronaldo’s celebration was without doubt one of the most bad-ass celebrations I’ve ever seen. It will be remembered for a long, long time just like Raul’s silencer.

  16. Morales permalink
    April 25, 2012 08:38

    beautiful post as always :DDD

  17. April 25, 2012 10:01

    huuh… and finally
    Mou Found the recipes to beat barca.

    congrats madrid

    • unamadridista permalink*
      April 25, 2012 15:29

      He’s always known how to beat Barça. April 20 and 28, 2010.

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