PEEEEP PEEEP PEEP. Game over as Jose hugs Redknapp. Desperately disappointing for Spurs as their chances for advancing tot he semis are slimmer then Crouchs’s legs. You never know! A 4 goal lead is the most dangerous lead in soccer!
92:00 - Higuain might have had his first touch of the ball since he came on and sends a woeful pass into Gomes’s arms…be nice shaun!
91:00 – Jose looks bored
90:00 - Spurs have to score 5 to progress back at home…and stop Real from scoring. Not easy. Even if they had 11 men, Spurs have been outclassed. They defended well, but there is only so much one can do when Real are playing they way they are. I wonder if ‘Arry will blame Sporting Gijon? Wenger would!
87:00 – AND HE GETS HIS GOAL. Ronaldo hangs out at the back post and hits a first time volley from Kaka toward the near post that Gomes should have done better with. Real 4 – Spurs 0
83:00 – Spurs under siege here as Madrid and especially Ronaldo want more. He might be a prima donna at times, but he does work hard. Every game I’ve seen him play, he certainly gives it his all.
81:00 – Ramos sends in a shot not unlike Di Marias, but unlike D Maria’s it goes wide. They come at you from all angles this Madrid team.
78:00 - Kaka comes on for Di Maria. Talk about depth in a squad!
74:00 – Matt’s former man crush Higuain comes on for 2 goal hero, Adebayor. Please welcome the Argentinian Pippo Inzaghi. Higuain has an amazing ability to be in the right place at the right time. Aside from that I’m not impressed. Somewhere Matt is searching youtube for his favorite Higuain compilations!
70:00 – GOOOOOOOAAALLLL – Di Maria. What a gorgeous strike from the Argentine winger. He gets the ball on the corner of the box, touches it and then unleashes a howitzer in the top corner. WOW. Real Madrid 3 – Spurs 0
68:00 – Dawson is immense in the back for Spurs as he takes the ball of Ozil’s feet as he was about to shoot. The young German has been noticebly absent as well.
66:00 – Great cross and Adebayor rizes high over Gallas and almost gets his hat trick. Diarra sent in the ball. Dawson clears from the resulting corner kick.
63:00 – Ronaldo with a Riverdance like move to try and fool Assou-Ekotto. Impressive but it’s so quick that the Spurs defender has no idea. Cross is easily dealt with.
60:00 – Madrid really playing pretty football now as they ping the ball around. Spurs doing a good job of defending, problem is they need goals!
59:00 - To be fair to the commentators, they have nothing but gushing words to say about the second goal and the almost third one from a Khedira diving header and both balls that set them up.
57:00 – GOOOOAAAAL ADEBAYOR again. Ronaldo take a short quick free kick, as Marcello sends in an inviting cross that Adebayor, unmarked, heads easily home. A momentary lapse of defending and Madrid punish them. Adebayor 2 – Spurs 0
53:00 – Defoe gets ball and runs at the Madrid defense, lays the ball off to Bale who wins a corner. Ray Wilkins needs to shup up. Alan Parry is doing fine but Wilkins is embarrassing (at least i think that’s who it is).
51:00 - Madrid enjoying a great spell of possession and trickery just outside the Spurs box. The english side defend well, but there is nothing they can do, until Marcelo’s shot blasts over.
49:00 – Ronaldo really wants a goal here. Power is back, aim is getting better as his shot hits the side netting.
PEEEP PEEP - Spurs kick it off. Van de Vaart is off and Defoe in. Right entry but wrong person to take off. Jenas needed to come off as he has been absent and Van de Vaart is always dangerous.
Pepe looks like an alien. He’s got the same head as Sam Cassell
PEEEP – Halftime. Way to stick it with Spurs but Real are playing good football. “Arry needs to change his tactics and do something about Ramos and Marcello who are reigning free on the sidelines.
45:00 - Dawson is having a great half as he blocks another Ronaldo shot. From the deflection, Gale is cynically pushed out of bounds. The commentators are screaming for a card. What happened to impartial judgement? These guys are see-sawing from great to horrendous. Report on the game guys, but keep your alliances to yourself
42:00 – Real pinging it around the box but its being blocked well. On a Di Maria cannon, Dawson blocks with his arms. Ref waves play on but he was wrong. It should have a penalty.
41:00 – Ronaldo wins a free kick. He was looking for it, but his resulting kick is ballooned over.
37:00 - Commentators failing in showing where their desires lie as they clearly are rooting for Spurs. They are being objective though. Game has opened up. Gale is becoming more dangerous, but so are the Madrid wing backs as Ramos and Marcelo are exploiting their English counterparts.
33:00 – Ramos sends in a diving header across goal that goes inches past Adebayors head. Almost 2-0 there.
30:00 – Dawson sends in a fantastic pass to Bale who chests it down and scampers into the penalty area. He’s marshaled by Ramos, but he brushes him aside but shoots wide. Better from Spurs.
28:00 - Gale makes his first appearance as he latches on to a Gomes through. He shows his speed but the three Madrid players force a throw in. Gale will have to be more prominent if Spurs are to have any chance.
27:00 - Madrid are playing sublime football. All that is missing is the finishing touch. How did they lose to Gijon over the weekend?
25:00 – Commentators referred to Spurs style of play as Tippy-Tappy. Is that the english version of Tiki-Taka?
23:00 – Casillas touches the ball for possibly the first time as Van de VAart sends in a free kick from 45 yards out. That was a waste from the former Madrid man.
20:00 - BLACKJACK. Van de Vaart gets a yellow for mouthing off to the ref. This could be entertaining!
18:00 – Real were dominating before the sending off, and they are just running rampant. Adebayor is playing frantically as well and needs to be careful as he could join Crouch in the showers…er…creepy and frightening.
17:00 – Might have to call him Crouchuso or Peter Van Crouchell
15:00 - Red card for Crouch. He makes another terrible challenge and the ref immediately sends him off. Can’t really argue with that. Admire his effort but he’s not a tackler. Spurs have it all to do now.
12:00 – Referee clearly was a blackjack dealer in a previous life as he is handing out cards with reckless abandon. Adebayor in the book for a rash challenge.
10:00 – Ronaldo shows his skills and pace down the wing, but Corluka takes care of him. Adebayor, invigored by the goal comes back to defend with speed unseen in a couple of years. Ronaldo shoots from long distance again, with more power but the aim is poor. Goal kick.
8:00 - Crouch gets booked from a sliding tackle that started on the halfway line but ended up in the Real penalty box. That is a very long person sliding and very amusing to watch.
7:00 - Spurs foray into their opponents half and win a free kick that Van de Vaart sends into to Crouch. It’s headed away for a corner. From it Spurs win another corner.
5:00 – GOOOOALLL ADEBAYOR with a header from the corner that goes into the back of the net. Simple stuff and very poor defending from Spurs. The former Arsenal man strikes against his old adversary. Gomes and Modric might have had a chance but that was poor marking from the corner. Real 1 – Spurs 0
4:00 – DiMaria with a great chance but its touched wide for a corner. He was active against the US when they played, but his finishing touch was poor.
3:00 – Another long range shot from Ronaldo, though this time its a little more power and it bounces wide. I believe he is calibrating!
1:00 - Ronaldo takes an early shot, but he scuffed it and the ball trickles wide.
TWEEET and they’re off as Real Madrid kick it off. Apparently Lennon is sick…poor lad!
Love the champions league theme. Lots of kids being exchanged for this one. It was almost a year ago today that I was at the Bernabeu for the Madrid Classico….sigh
For the first time ever, I think Jose might be scared!
Real XI: Casillas – Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo – Xabi Alonso, Khedira – di Maria, Özil, C. Ronaldo – Adebayor
Tottenham XI: Gomes – Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto – Sandro, Modric – Lennon, Bale – van der Vaart – Crouch
Sorry for the late start, but all is well covered in the preview below