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Since Saturday he has missed two penalties. One at 1-1 against Real Valladolid and one at 0-0 against AC Milan. In the same period he’s also scored two winners as Malaga racked up 2-1 and 1-0 wins respectively. That’s character.
After the international lull we’re back into La Liga action. Do you know what that means? It means we are back with another flutter. A futbolgrande flutter.
one: As expected, Messi v Ronaldo. It was billed as the most political clàsico since 1975. It once again turned into a duel between the world’s two best players. First Ronaldo drew blood, then Messi levelled. Then Messi, exquisitely, curled home a free kick before Ronaldo took his turn to level the scores. Two all. It was also noted that for what we have come to expect from a clàsico- controversy- there was little of, and what we have come to have expect from Barca- high pressing- there was also less of. Eight points the gap.
Following a successful start to our futbolgrande flutter last week, we thought we’d give it another go. So here it is:
one: Tito’s perfect start continues in Seville. Six wins from six and eighteen points see Barcelona propped familiarly at the top of La Liga. Their latest win was the most dramatic, and in turn it ended Sevilla’s unbeaten start. The home side led 2-0 but a Fabregas brace, some Medel madness and a late Villa winner span the game right round. It keeps the Catalan club eight points clear of Real Madrid who smashed Depor 5-1 which included a Cristiano treble.
There is a deep-rooted irony in the words that follow. Firstly we’re going to draw your attention to the talent of Oliver Torres, then we’re going to be the ones to tell you not to pin high expectations on his young shoulders. Yet.
one: Kevin MCarra’s match preview. Head over to the Guardian site now and check out their match preview, which as ever is very good. It’s the most logical place to start. Read here.
one: Two from five as relegation battle goes to the last day. Breathtaking stuff at the bottom last night after a season of headlines from the top two. Zaragoza beat Racing and Sporting beat Betis to haul themselves closer to Granada, Villarreal and Rayo who lost to Real Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla respectively. So what does that all mean?
one: Real Mardid are the Champions of La Liga. Barcelona’s 4-1 blasting of Malaga- which included another Messi hat-trick- meant Madrid’s wait for the title carried into Bilbao. Luckily for los blancos a Ronaldo penalty miss didn’t set the tone for the evening. First half goals from Ozil and Higuaín were added to in the second half by… Cristiano. It finished 0-3 and Mourinho had done it. He had conquered his fourth European league, and after the game he said it had been ‘the hardest to win’. For what it’s worth- not much we’re sure- futbolgrande would like to offer our congratulations to Jose and his merry men.
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