Sunday, November 4, 2007

Down 2-0 (At halftime)

And here we are again… down 2-0 to Sevilla: the team we never seem to be capable of beating, at least not at their stadium. Real Madrid seemed to be up for it in the initial exchanges of the match, seemingly capable of matching Sevilla’s speed and intensity: passing, pressing, and even containing the ball in Sevilla’s side during certain spurts.
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Sevilla however, eventually cranked right into another gear that Real Madrid hasn’t been able to match so far. They pressed harder, harassed whichever RM player had the ball, moved the ball around faster and moved their entire game at a more rapid rate than Real. Soon enough, Real’s passes can’t get to their desired destinations and recipients, intercepted by Sevilla’s harassing players, or even if a Real player was able to latch onto the end of a pass, he’d be pressured by a Sevilla player in a split second, forcing a turnover most times.
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The first goal by Keita was a cracker / belter / whaterver they call it. Fuck…. It was unbelievable. BUT preventable: Real’s defenders were happy to let him take a shot, giving him time and space as long as it wasn’t within the Madrid penalty box: so there went his thunderbolt, right into the heart of Madrid. The 2nd goal was more a result of Sevilla cranking into another gear that Real was unable to match: a fast counterattack resulting in what would actually have been a brilliant Kanoute goal (saved by Saint Iker) only for Fabiano to react faster than Ramos and Metzelder to clear the ball: clearly, they’re at a higher momentum that us at that point: and THAT was the reason we haven’t been able to get a goal back.
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The referee has just been really lousy too, too many things have gone on without the necessary fouls, bookings: resulting in an unnecessarily physical match: with a few scuffles having broken out already
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There’s still a 2nd half to go…. Let’s see how it turns out… A Change of Fortunes I hope. (but it doesn't look promosing :( )

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