Before the Match: The exexcutives Laporta and Perez are exchanging pleasantries on the stands while the players are greeting each other with friendly greetings, you couldn't imagine the hositlity tha'ts bein cranked between the 2 sides given the pleasantries in the tunnel.
Real line up with:
Barca start with Messi but Ibra is on the bench....
0:10 after kickoff and we lose the ball... shit.
1:16 - Messi causes Casillas to step off the box to clear.... whew.
2:30 - Barca look caln with the ball, not even Lass can harass them of the ball.... now he has to bring down Keita just to stop the Blaugrana tiki-taka machine
3:30 - Alves makes his 2nd bad cross...
4:00 - Kaka almost finds Pipita... he wasn't crowded out... if counters are going to look like this then we WILL have a chance in this game.
6:30 - Cristiano gets a run at the Barca defense and totally LEAVES Puyol... Marcelo fluffs the chance though... once again... I'm left optimistic over our counter attacking chances.
8:27 - Messi creates a chance for Henry who stakes a shot that Casillas calmly saves... better watch out for him... he LOVES scoring against us.
9:55 -We're nowhere as comfortable with the ball as they are...
10:55 - Cristiano is fouled... RPG (Ronaldo-Propelled-Goal) opportunity... into the wall.
12:00 - Great run by Sergio Ramos gives a Pipita a chance... until he's called offside.
13:00 - Great ball over for Xavi from Iniesta! Shit!.... Casillas alert enough to swoop for the ball.
16:10 - Good spell of possession for Madrid until Ronaldo loses it by fouling Busquets to get to the ball.
17:50 - Barca forces a corner after Madrid chokes up the middle of the park forcing the ball to the flank to Abidal... concentration alert...
19:00 - Whoa! Kaka tears the Barca defense apart.... leaving off a pass to Cristiano who forces a save from Valdes... That should give them something to think about!
20:30 - Backheel brilliance from our attacking line giving them a headache.... hahaha!
22:25 - Alves gives the linesman a piece of his mind... card his ass ref!
23:50 - I'm beginning to sense that Madrid are creeping into this game in terms of control...
25:46 - Marcelo gets a shot off (great pass from Kaka)! Blocked by Puyol... we are finding spaces...!
28:00 - Someone once called Lass a big game midget... he's totally pissing Iniesta and Xavi off... which means that he's playing well
30:00 - Ramos great long ball to Pipita... too long though. Good intention. On a good note... I have to say that Pepe's presence is REALLY making a difference
33:05 - Shit. Yellow Card for Arbeloa. That's a crack in the armor now.
35:34 - Why does Keita still have no Yellow Card?
36:41 - Henry forces Iker to save... Corner Kick... That's probably Barca's 3rd cross with no one home to tap or head home.
37:33 - Iniesta forces Casillas to a save... Barca are pushing back now.
38:26 - Madrid's defensive alertness has so far been impressive... great balance between housing the Barca attackers but with the awareness to still put an offside trap together.
40:15 - Shit... another Yellow Card. This time from Albiol. Those yellows might back to bite us.
41:40 - Marcelo seems to be the weak link... since we have the personnel... shall we let Benzema in and let Cristiano into the midfield?
42:30 - Whoa... Iniesta losing his temper... Lass is getting to somoene's head. hahaha.
44:05 - Soft shot attempt from Marcelo. Easily saved by Valdes.
Halftime - This doesn't smell bad at all....
Some Halftime thoughts:
-If Real Madrid continue to play this way... I really believe that we can hit them with a goal or 2. The quality that Kaka and CR96 offer up front with Higuain's industry can produce the goods.
-The job that Lass and Xabi Alonso have done in midfield to compress the space for the Barca midfield to operate seems to be working really well
-The Pepe-Albiol partnership that we have now is a clear upgrade form last season's defensive line. Let me highlight that in our 1-0 win in this same fixture 2 seasons ago, Pepe was the titan that won us the match.
-The question now remains: can we keep this up in the 2nd half? Will those yellow cards haunt us?
46:00 - Whew! Close call! Nice cross from Iniesta!
46:58 - Raul, Benzema & Ibra are now warming up
47:46 - Shit. Now there's a Yellow Card for Lass. That might be crucial
49:05 - Impressive... Pipita hounding Barca's players at midfield
49:55 - Yellow Card for Busquets. What about Keita? Ibra is getting ready to come on.
50:40 - Ibrahimovic in for Henry. Let's see how this goes.
52:10 - Barca in control... Xavi takes a shot... delfected for a corner.
52:57 - Shit! Higuain almist scored on a great counter... should he have passed to Kaka? Great sliding tackle from Puyol though.
55:35 - Goal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Cross from Alves. Shit. Great Goal.
57:00 - We can still win this... a draw wouldn't be bad either. Come on guys.
59:55 - Should we try putting Benzema in?
61:00 - It's been all Barca. They're a different side with Ibra.
62:05 - Oh my. 2nd Yellow for Busquets. That's a Red for him now... for a handball... is that a lifeline?
63:58 - Ronaldo knifes into the area... tackled by Pique. Uff.
64:34 - Benzema getting ready to come on.
65:00 - ufffff!!!!! Cristiano Misses a header. Then he comes off for Benzema. Looks like he's not getting 90 mins. then. Maybe a fresh Benzema can change things for us?
67:54 - Benzema getting robbed by Iniesta? I guess that's my answer...?
68:34 - Pepe booked for a foul on Messi. Shiiiiit! Whew! Pique just almost scored. Lucky break.
70:30 - Uff. Benzema drags a shot wide AND over... we've seen that before.
72:07 - Corner kick is a flop. Marcelo High and wide. Come on guys!
72:50 - Raul gets ready to come on. Who comes off... Arbeloa... Marcelo plays left back. Let's hope he doesn't get skinned by Messi.
75:00 - Abidal misses. Even as he broke free.... knowing it was him... it didnt worry me much.
76:44 - Kaka runs circles around Abidal... till he wins corner... Ramos gets to the corner... but it's wide. Come on Ramos! When are we going to see you score off a deadball again?
78:24 - A yellow for Marcelo.
79:31 - Kaka shoots and wins a corner. Shit! what happened? Benzema misses from a shot oppotunity that looked easy to score. How'd he miss that?
81:55 - Raul shoots from a Xabi corner... deflected. We're making our numbers tell, but we're not capitalizing...
84:30 - Raul on a heroic defensive duel with Messi.... you gotta love the Captain's heart.
85:32 - Xabi Alonso fluffs his CORNER KICK! What the hell is going on?
86:40 - Pipita pushes Puyol off and has a few choice words for the Barca Captain lying on the ground... nice to see the kid show the edge to his character.
88:32 - WONDER SAVE from Iker from Messi!
88:32 - WONDER SAVE from Iker from Messi!
89:28 - Now we're even... 10 vs. 10 Lass gets sent off. Last minute... plus 3 mins. extra time let's pls. get on with it and try to get the equalizer.
+1:14 - We're shitting on our pants now.
Game Over... 1-0 to the hosts. We could've won this... More Thoughts tomorrow.