I’m afraid there’s not much I want to say right now as there’s not a lot I want to remember from tonight. But for those of you who didn’t see the game it was a bit of a strange one. There were no big surprises in the starting lineups, Mascherano came into defence in place of Puyol, and Guardiola kept to his word regarding Pinto. For Madrid Arboloa came in at right back meaning Ramos switched to the centre in place of the suspended Albiol, Pepe continued in midfield and Ozil started. Madrid had the better of the first half and came close to a goal when Pepe’s header struck the inside of the post just before half time. Barça only played like Barça in the second half which we totally dominated. Pedro had a goal disallowed though he was half a yard offside and in the 75th minute Casillas first denied Messi with a low save and soon after he just got to Pedro’s effort to lift the ball over him. At this time we looked sure to go on to win but Casillas again saved Madrid, this time from Iniesta with nine minutes to go. Then in the final minute of normal time Di Maria nearly won it with a shot from 20 yards but Pinto did brilliantly to tip the ball over. In extra time we failed to keep up the rhythm and Madrid came back into it. Xavi Alonso was lucky not to get a second yellow in the 100th minute after pulling Iniesta, but soon after that Marcelo and Di maria combined well on the left and Di Maria’s cross found Ronaldo who headed well past Pinto. Unsurprisingly Madrid defended doggedly for the remaionder of extra time and we were a bit over frenetic with our main weapon being to push Piqué forward. That’s all I can manage for now, I’ll post a comment tomorrow, for now I’ll hand it over to you guys to discuss what we did wrong.
Barça: Pinto; Alves, Mascherano, Piqué, Adriano (Maxwell m119); Xavi, Busquets (Keita m108), Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa (Afellay m105).
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carvalho (Garay m120), Marcelo; Xavi Alonso, Pepe, Khedira; Di Maria, Ronaldo, Ozil (Adebayor m70).
Goal: m103 Ronaldo 0-1
Yellow cards: m26 Pepe, m34 Pedro, m59 Alonso, m64 Messi, m74 Adebayor, m86 Di Maria, m117 Adriano, m120 Di Maria = red.