* Altintop on for injured Callejón * 49’ Rui Faria sent off after some discussions on the bench * 55’ Cristiano’s long-distance shot blocked * 58’ Marcelo-Khedira, shot goes just wide * 59’ brilliant curved free-kick Xabi, misses slightly * 62’ Gooooooooooooooooooooooooal Cristiano!!! Cold-blooded finish after Özil’s (who else?) brilliant assist with the heel * 66’ almost 2:0 by Khedira, Bruno clears * 76’ Higuaín in for Benzema * 82’ free-kick goal Senna! Dejá-vu! Like vs. Malaga :o( Stupid foul Altintop * 83’ Mou sent off * 85’ yellow-red card vs. Ramos (foul), followed by red card vs. Özil (complaining?) * What’s going on ??? Cristiano standing there shaking his head in disbelief * Real Madrid controlling the match with only 9 men, but not realistic to expect a goal —> How to comment this second half? Such a beautiful goal, then all these cards … Another 2 points lost. Speechless.
* Kaká on the bench :o( * 2’ first warning shot Cristiano * 3’ next attempt Cris goes wide * 4’ Villareal counter attack, followed by corner and header * 8’ fine free-kick Xabi, Pepe’s header over the goal * 12’ Pepe with great defence * Villareal courageous, Rel Madrid not yet perfectly organised * 15’ Ramos with header after Özil’s free-kick * 16’ dangerous long-distance shot Cani * 18’ Marcelo’s shot goes wide * 19’ Iker saves vs. Nilmar’s fast solo * 23’ Zapata nearly with own-goal * 25’ my heart! Senna with a powerful shot * 28’ foul vs. Cristiano * 28’ Callejón in for Lass * 29’ Lopez saves Benzema’s header after free-kick Xabi * 32’ good free-kick Cristiano, goalie catches it * 34’ Lopez saves vs. Pepe’s header * 43’ shot Cristiano, you can do better! —> Dissatisfying first half! Villareal manage to keep Real Madrid from setting up an organised game-play. Some good chances but the last bit of precision missing. It can only get better in the second half. Mou isn’t amused, I suppose.
Entering the pitch, as always greeting legendary Agustin Herrerin, Real Madrid’s pitch delegate.(via Photo from Getty Images)
Reminds me of Cristiano’s first day with Real Madrid at his presentation in the Bernabéu, on July 06, 2009. Agustin waited together with nervous Cristiano in the tunnel until he was called to enter the pitch and 90.000 Madridistas welcomed him euphorically. Agustin is something like a grandpa to the players, it seems.
In this documentary, Cristiano reminiscenced: “I felt a nervousness in my stomach. Agustin, the man responsible for the locker room, was by my side. The president was speaking. The stadium was full. I felt a great joy. It is worth it to enjoy. I was sitting on the stairs, waiting for my name to be called. I spoke with Agustin. I had prepared some words to say, but when I was in the stadium, I couldn’t remember anything. The only thing I thought was: ‘don’t forget to say “Hala Madrid’ So what should I do? I will count ‘1-2-3 Hala Madrid’. The speeches continued and continued, and me waiting. I was waiting and waiting, from moment to moment more impatient. Finally I heard ‘we present Cristiano Ronaldo’ and I ran up the stairs.”
Cristiano Ronaldo talked about the 1-1 draw with Malaga in the mixed zone:
“We still have an eight point lead and there’s nothing to worry about because the league is far from over.” “Malaga are a good side, hard to play against, but we didn’t expect this result. That’s football for you.” “We were unlucky to concede the equaliser in injury time after dominating the whole match, but we’re calm about it. We suffer when we don’t score.” “The referee seemed scared to make some calls, but I don’t want to judge him because he tried to do his best.”
Saying good night to my fellow Madridistas with a much more important message than winning a football match: Solidarity for those who are in need. And a bit of CrisKa :o) And we are still 8 points in lead. The world is still spinning.
* 46’ first warning shot Karim, beautiful pass from Kaká * 50’ Karim down, but no penalty. OK decision * 57’ van Nistelrooy in for Isco, * 58’ Kaká-Benzema, who can’t get the ball * 60’ nearly CrisKa goal. Caballero makes a brilliant save. Great shot Cris, super pass Kaká. * Los Blancos keep on attacking * 66’ Callejón in for Kaká * 68’ Marcelo-Cristiano, cross in, but Benzema can’t reach * 69’ Callejon heads a cross by Cristiano, goes wide * 70’ What a chance for Benzema, too hasty after Özil’s excellent solo and pass * second goal is in the air * 77’ nice collective effort * 84’ A pitch invader is escorted straight back off * 84’ Granero in for Özil * 84’ foul vs. Marcelo, should have been penalty * 85’ Higuaín in for Benzema * 87’ Pepe booked for kicking the ball out. Unnecessary! * 89’ dangerous attack, Callejón’s finish blocked * 90’ free-kick Málaga, some “discussions” * 90+1 Goal Cazorla, great free-kick, no chance for Iker —> Entertaining match, some great chances missed. Punished with the 1:1. Now “only” 8 points ahead of Barcelona.
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