MOTD- Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Ronaldo walks away from his challenge that lead to him getting sent off

Ronaldo walks away from his challenge that lead to him getting sent off

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Gabi were all sent off as Atletico Madrid win their first Madrid Derby since 1999, in an ill-tempered and thrilling Copa del Rey final at the Bernabeu. Young center-back Miranda gave Atletico their extra time winner after Diego Costa had equalized to pull the final into extra time. Cristiano Ronaldo scored Madrid’s only goal of the game, although he and Jose Mourinho were both given their marching orders later in the match by referee Carlos Gomez. Amazingly, the match saw thirteen yellow cards, seven for Madrid and six for Atletico, and each side saw one of their players handed a second yellow deep into extra time.

The game in hand was a dramatic and thrilling encounter, and after a good spell from Madrid in the opening minutes of the game, Los Blancos found themselves in front after only fourteen minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo magnificently rose above his marker Diego Godin in the center of the Atletico box to latch onto Mesut Ozil’s corner, and slammed the corner past Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into the far corner of the net. Continue reading

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MOTD preview- Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

The Madrid Derby Copa del Rey final is set to be a great match, with Atletico traveling to the Bernabeu to face Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side.  Both sides will love the silverware, which would be the victor’s first trophy of the season.  While managerial issues bombard the Real side before the match, with temperatures still running high and views split in the home dressing room, Atletico have no such issues to decrease their concentration of preparing for the match.  Diego Simone’s side will be facing Jose Mourinho as the Real manager for the last time, if Mourinho does what has been fixed for a long while and leave Madrid over the summer.

But put managerial issues aside, and the match is set to be a thrilling encounter.  Madrid have had the upper hand in this fixture for over a decade, and Los Galacticos have not lost to Atletico in La Liga since 1999.  Mourinho’s side have won in every one of their last thirteen league encounters with Atletico, scoring twenty-four goals in those matches.  But Atletico do have a good chance of winning, as Simone’s side have only lost twice in their last ten matches in all competitions, allowing only six goals and scoring fourteen since early March.  But whether Atletico can pull an upset or not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

MOTD- Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid

It’s an upset at the Nou Camp, with Real Madrid getting a deserved 3-1 win against holders the Copa del Rey, Barcelona, and sending Madrid into the finals of the tournament. Barca started the match surprisingly sloppy opposed to their normal perfection, which proved to be huge for Madrid in the thirteenth minute when Carles Puyol couldn’t trap a back pass and the ball fell into the path of Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo took the ball up the field and forced Gerard Pique to trip him inside the penalty area.  Referee Alberto Mallenco awarded a penalty, which Ronaldo coolly slotted past Barca goalkeeper Jose Pinto.

After the goal Barca looked like they would equalize, but Madrid cut off all of Barca’s through balls and the closest Barca came to scoring was an Andres Iniesta shot from outside the box that fizzed just wide of the post. Towards the end of the first half Barca settled back and tried to play their usual tiki-taka style game, but Madrid kept on intercepting their passes and the first half ended 1-0 Madrid.

Barca started the second half exactly like they started the first, lackluster, and they could barely complete a pass. But despite that, they started to push Madrid back in their own half but they almost abandoned their defense making it easy for Madrid to counter attack. They should have had an equalizer in the forty-ninth minute though, but Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez brilliantly pushed Sergio Busquets curling shot wide. Barca started to look the more dominant side, but not by a lot, and could still easily get caught on the counter attack.

Madrid amazingly got their second goal of the match in the fifty-seventh minute, when Sami Khedira blindly hit a long clearance, and the ball fell to an open Angel Di Maria in the heart of the Barca half. Di Maria took the ball into the Barca box and met Carlos Puyol. He cut the ball back across his body which made Puyol slip, and then ran straight at the Barca goal. His shot was parried by Pinto but fell straight to Cristiano Ronaldo who chested it down and cushioned the ball into the back of the net off a half-volley.

After the goal Barca immediately brought on David Villa and that seemed to strengthen the Barca attack. A few minutes after Villa came on Pedro was brought down in the Madrid box, but despite Barca’s penalty claims referee Alberto Mallenco rightfully did not award one. Still, Barca seemed to be strengthened, but Madrid surprisingly put the game to bed in the sixty-eighth minute when Raphael Varane leaped into the air and superbly latched on to Xabi Alonso’s corner. His header looked like it would fly over the bar, but it seemingly defied physics and hit the underside of the top crossbar and in to put Madrid 3-0 up.

After their third goal Madrid sat back and defended, and nearly conceded in the seventy-seventh when Barca substitute Cristian Tello was played in on goal and his shot was amazingly stopped by Lopez, but in vain for the offside flag had gone up anyway. Barca did finally pull one back though, and when Iniesta brilliantly chipped the ball over the Madrid defense to Jordi Alba in the eight-ninth minute, Alba coolly volleyed it past an oncoming Lopez and into the back of the net. But the goal was only a consolation, and the match ended 3-1 with Madrid advancing to the finals of the Copa del Rey.

Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo

MOTD preview- Barcelona vs Real Madrid

This El Clasico in the Spanish Copa del Rey Semifinal second leg is going to be a great game with Madrid needing a win or a scored draw 2-2 or above to make it into the finals.  The first leg ended 1-1 with Barca dominating most of the match but a late Rafael Varane header got Madrid an equalizer.  Both sides have been on decent form, but suffered setbacks in their recent Uefa Champions League matches with Barca losing 2-0 away to AC Milan and Madrid allowing Manchester United to earn a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

Both sides will be hoping that their top players in the world, Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca’s Lionel Messi, can have a decisive impact on the match.  The two players share a combined total of eighty-eight goals so far this season and both of them have already scored four goals in this year’s Copa del Rey.  But whether Messi and Ronaldo score or not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!