I hope you all enjoyed that as much as I did. Off to have lunch! and some wine! OH and Barcelona are top of La Liga
As soccer fans we were treated to a show. USMNT fans. NOTICE what speed and skill can do versus a little and large like strike force!
The game had everything. Passion, amazing skill, goals, cards and strategy. What was surprising was that none of those were exhibited by Real Madrid, aside from the cards!
TWEEEEET TWEEEET TWEET as the ref smartly ends this massacre. Barcelona celebrates and Real are in shock. A complete embarrassment. What will tomorrow bring? Heads will roll?
93:00 – ARGY BARGY as Sergio Ramos crushes Messi and gets a straight red. Then there is a lot of pushing as Puyol goes crashing down. This is more than handbags.
91:00 – GOOOOOOOOAAALLL. Jeffren taps it in after a lovely bit of work from Bojan who runs down the wing and sends in a great cross. Barcelona 5 – Real Madrid 0
89:00 – Di Maria gets a glimmer of space but holds the ball back for Ronaldo who accidentally kicks the ball out of bounds, much to the delight of the Blaugrana faithful.
87:00 – Xavi leaves to a thunderous applause as Keita comes on to replace him. Do any of these Barca players, aside from David Villa go by both their names?
82:00 – Benzema looks like he is going to cry.
80:00 – What a montage. They showed the happy faces of the Barca players and then the anguished faces of the Real players. Real get a corner. This has been their only real attacking move of the second half.
77:00 – Bojan immediately gets sent through, but his legs fail him and he tumbles. Moments later he sends in a rocket of a shot that Casillas does well to parry.
76:00 - Bojan on for David Villa. Welcome to the Clasico David Villa. A job well done!
75:00 – Handbags are being thrown by each side, as Real are understandably frustrated. Still 15 minutes left!
72:00 – Benzema tries a backheel to comical effect. At least he wins a throw in and Real have consecutive touches with the ball.
70:00 – Barcelona have used their back heel more times in the past 5 minutes than Real have touched the ball. This is so much fun to watch!
68:00 -Barcelona playing tantalizing football as they play keep away for about 2 minutes and run up and down the pitch and back again. Real have nothing. Attacks from Barcelona are coming from everyone. I would be surprised to see Valdes sauntering in the Real penalty box.
66:00 - At some point, Arbeloa has been substituted for Marcelo.
60:00 - Real get a freekick about a mile away from goal and they try some trickery as Alonso pretends to take it, but Ronaldo hits it and it goes just wide.
58:00 – GOOOOOOALLLLL – DAVID VILLA. All Messi again as this time he does the same meandering run, but from the halfway line and sends the pass of the year that slides through everyone and right into David Villas path, who side foots the ball through Casillas legs. He’s just wishing he was in Sara Carbonero’s arms. Wait thats me. Still 30 minutes left! Barcelona 4 – Real Madrid 0
55:00 – GOOOOOAAAAAL – DAVID VILLA. Once again, Real’s defense is sliced through like a pigs head off a pigs body. Messi does one of his trademark meandering runs across the pitch and fires a pass to David Villa who skips past Pepe and slots it home. Casillas is aghast and Alonso has no idea what hit him. Barcelona 3 – Real Madrid 0
52:00 – Messi cuts across the field and sends a lovely ball to Xavi who just has Casillas to beat, but Ramos comes in with a last second tackle. The ball bounces to Villa, but his shot goes into the side netting. That should have been 3-0.
48:00 – Barcelona taking over where they left off, as Real get easily dispossessed. Pedro gets an open look but Ramos throws himself at the ball and it deflects back into play. The ball ends up in the goal, but the whistle blew for a foul and Real punt the free kick to clear.
Lassana Diarra replaces Ozil. This should free up Ronaldo and Benzema as Ozil was getting beat too easily.
46:00 – TWEEEEET. and the second half is under way.
Did you hear that? That was Mourinho screaming at his players in the dressing room!
If you though the first half was amazing, just wait for the second!
47:00 – PEEEP PEEP. Halftime…phew
46:00 - Real are passing the ball to each other as if each player is sleeping with anothers significant other. The passes are like rockets. This more has to do with Barca’s immense pressure and Madrid are playing nervously. Barcelona are like a skilled Stoke City as they are relentlessly hounding the Madrid players each time they get the ball.
45:00 – MORE ARGY BARGY, as Carvalho tackles Messi well. Messi is angry and confronts Carvalho who waves him off. Messi does his best De Niro and crumples to the ground. Instead of an Oscar he gets a yellow.
44:00 – OHHH an Alonso siting as he lets Busquets know who’s boss and pass to Ronaldo but he shots from 40 yards straight at Valdes.
43:00 - Ramos loses the ball to Abidal who releases Messi who scampers toward goal. He would have shot had not Pepe come back for some marvelous defending. A great hard tackle in the box by the Portuguese defender.
40:00 – Real are playing with 7 or so at the back and still Xavi, Messi and Pedro find a way through. Abidal has been immense coming from the back and is terrorizing Ramos.
37:00 - Off the poor corner, Messi breaks and Pepe holds him back, earning his place in the ref’s book.
34:00 - Madrid do their best Barceloan impression by pinging the ball around. It ends though, when Villa cynically brings down Khedira. Free kick is about 35 yards from goal and Ronaldo sends it agonizingly wide, as it hits a mystical Barcelona player and goes out for a corner. Villa gets a card for his terrible tackle.
31:00 – ARGY BARGY! Ronaldo is in the middle of it and Valdes is way out of his area. It all starts with Pep Guardiola holding the ball and Ronaldo pushes him in order to get the ball. The Barca players come to his rescue. In the end Valdes and Ronaldo get yellows for their troubles. WHAT A GAME!
28:00 – Pedro is one on one with Casillas, but the Spanish number 1 blocks his dribble and clears the danger. It’s only a moment of reprieve as Barcelona attack again. Casillas finally holds onto the ball and clears the ball into the other half.
24:00 – Barcelona are playing at much higher level as they are cutting Real’s defense to shreds. The problem though stems from the midfield where Barcelona seem to be playing a 1-7-2 formation and are completely over running Madrid.
21:00 - Once again Real Madrid press and Benzema tries to do it on his own, when a cross would have been a better idea.
18:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAAL. Pedro makes it two for Barcelona. Xavi sends a gorgeous pass over everyone to David Villa who takes on two and sends in an easy ball for Pedro to easily poke home. The special one is furious! Barcelona 2 – Real Madrid 0
14:00 – Ronaldo shows why he might be the best player in the world as tries he sets up Benzema with a glorious pass. This game is fantastic and frentic. I don;t even have time to open a bottle of wine. Might resort to beer.
12:00 - Real answer right back as Di Maria sends a rocket that Valdes punches over for a corner. Ozil’s corner is poor and Barcelona clear.
10:00 – GOOOOOOOAAAAL. In a flash, Barcelona rip Real apart with Messi finding Iniesta, who blasts a pass to Xavi that ricochets of Marcelo and Xavi shows brilliance and composure to chip over Casillas into the back of the net! Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 0
8:00 - End to end stuff as each team is taking about 90 seconds each to camp themselves in the opponents half. Barcelona looking more dangerous so far.
6:00 – Valdes is back on his feet and the Barceloan win a corner after Messi dispossesses Di Maria. Of the corner, Messi sends a delightful chip goalwards, but luckily for Real it hits the post and goes back into play.
3:00 – Ronaldo sends in a dangerous cross that Valdes does well to claim, but goes down under a challenge from Benzema.
1:00 – PEEEEEEEP and Real kick it off
“more charged than a hairdryer in a bathtub”
EGADS…the commentary so far is painful…sigh. Nevermind. Nothing like a glass of wine to make it better. If you think it’s too early to drink (noon), well work is slow!
The line ups
Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Villa, Pedro.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Khedira, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.
SUCK IT COMCAST. you try and deny me ESPN Deportes even though I have paid for the “Sports Package”…well luckily that includes Gol TV, so i get to watch it! That said, a demerit for ESPN for not putting this on one of their more accessible stations. Yet…i should not complain…game is on!