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
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!
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has yet again hinted that he will re-join his former club Chelsea at the end of the season. After watching Madrid getting knocked out of the Champions League in the semifinals for the third year in a row with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund (Madrid lost 4-3 on aggregate), the fifty-year old again cast doubt on his Madrid career. The Portuguese manager enjoyed a three year term at Chelsea from 2004 to 2007, and won the English Premier League, and also reaching the Champions League finals during his reign in England. Mourinho has already hinted multiple times that he would like to return to the Blues when he leaves Madrid, which will most likely be this summer.
Dortmund players celebrate the loss, which seals them a spot in the Champions League final
Despite Real Madrid scoring two late goals to make life difficult for Borussia Dortmund, the German side have reached the finals of the Champions League for only the second time with a 2-0 win over Madrid. Although Madrid managed not to lose their third Champions League match in a row, Cristiano Ronaldo also failed to become the first player to score in seven consecutive Champions League matches.
Madrid started the match very brightly, and Gonzalo Higuain almost put Jose Mourinho’s side up within four minutes when Luka Modric’s poor touch on the right fell to Mesut Ozil, who thread an inch-perfect ball to Higuain from the edge of the box. Higuain’s first touch gave him space on the right side of the box, but his second touch was poor, allowing an oncoming Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to kick away his low shot. In the thirteenth minute Dortmund almost took the lead after a long ball found a completely unmarked Robert Lewandowski (who scored four goals in the first leg) in the Madrid box. Lewandowski chested the ball down before acrobatically slamming a volley into the ground from eight yards out, which bounced up into the arms of Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Seconds later Madrid almost went up when Angel Di Maria’s lobbed long-ball from the right found Ronaldo in the center of the box. Much like Lewandowski, Ronaldo chested down, and at full stretch, volleyed it at Weidenfeller, and it bounced away off the chest of the the German’s chest with out Weidenfeller knowing too much about it.
The hectic and breathless beginning to the match continued, when a lovely flick from Higuain put Ozil in on goal down the right. Ozil took the ball into the box, but instead of going to the far post or laying it off for Ronaldo, dragged his shot inches wide of the near post. Continue reading
Robert Lewandowski taps home the firs of his four goals
Borussia Dortmund have stunningly beaten Real Madrid 4-1 in the Champions League semifinal first leg, with Roberto Lewandowski’s four goals probably sending Dortmund to the finals. Dortmund started the match very dominant and brightly, with Jurgen Klopp’s side almost taking the lead in the seventh minute when Sven Bender dispossessed Sami Khedira. Marco Reus took hold of the loose ball inside his own half, and took the ball all the way into Real’s box, beating two Real defenders, before shooting a low shot through the legs of Pepe, which Real goalkeeper Diego Lopez amazingly just managed to tip wide. Seconds later Dortmund took the lead, when Mario Götze received to ball down the left flank, before curling a cross to the far post. Robert Lewandowski got in between Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, and tapped the ball past Lopez into the back of the net. Continue reading
The prospect of a El Clasico Champions League final is still on track, with Real Madrid and Barcelona being kept apart in the Champions League semifinal draw. Barca draw 2011/2012 finalists and newly crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, while Madrid drew Borussia Dortmund, which means there is a possibility of an all Spanish or all German Wembley final.
Bayern, who lost last seasons final on penalties to Chelsea, will bid to make their second successive final at Wembley on May 25, but will have to get past Barca, who they play in the first leg of their tie on April 23 at the Allianz Arena. The German champions trampled over Juventus in the quarterfinals, winning 4-0 on aggregate after dominating both ties.
Barca are current leaders of La Liga, and are in their sixth consecutive Champions League semifinal after losing to Chelsea in the semis last year. The Blaugrana drew twice with Paris Saint-Germain in this years quarterfinals, the first leg 2-2 in Paris and the second leg 1-1 at the Nou Camp, meaning Barca only progressed to the semifinals through away goals. Tito Vilanova’s side will play Bayern, in a clash of two footballing giants, who play the exact same style of football.
Real Madrid have pretty much rapped up their tie against Galatasaray, with Madrid earning a good 3-0 win and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for the fourth Champions League match in a row. The game started lively, with Karim Benzema heading just wide from an Angel Di Maria cross in the opening seconds of the match. Amazingly, Los Blancos were up nine minutes into the match when Mesut Ozil played a neat one-two with Benzema before releasing Cristiano Ronaldo in on goal down the center. Ronaldo took the ball up to Gala goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, and cheekily chipped the ball over the goalkeeper. The shot flew into the back of the net, with the winger scoring his ninth goal in this seasons Champions League. Gala almost grabbed an equalizer in the thirteenth minute when Burak Yilmaz cleverly ran over a pass to let it run on to Didier Drogba. Drogba shook off Raphael Varane, but instead of taking the ball into the box powers a left-footed shot over the bar.
The match was incredibly open, with Ozil forcing Muslera into a good save with a low shot from the edge of the box in the eighteenth minute. Gala soon got another chance, with Drogba hitting a swerving effort on goal from thirty yards out in the twenty-sixth minute, forcing Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez to punch the ball away. Right before the half-hour mark Madrid doubled their lead, when Essien swung a deep cross into the box. Ronaldo just missed he header, and the ball fell to Benzema at the back post. Benzema took the ball out of the air, before slamming a shot into the back of the net. Continue reading