The Luck of the Spanish

16 Jun

What a freaking match for Nando! Against Italy, we said all he needed was more time & look at what he did, he proved us RIGHT! With his starting position and bulk of the game played, he worked it and scored a brace. The game was made even sweeter with the goals from Silva & Cesc, I’d say we’re definitely over the lack of goal scoring worries, we have options and we’re using them. Ireland may have had it rough going up against the reigning champs & being knocked out of the competition, but kudos to their fans who know the true meaning of supporting your team no matter what, such great sports they were throughout the match.

God help us if Sergio spotted the pre-match performers, you know he’d want to upgrade from gold lame shorts to a full body gold lame suit.

The ladies were out supporting their fellas, technically Sara was working but I can’t imagine that she doesn’t let a ‘Woot Woot!’ out when Iker makes a fab save or when Spain scores. Fortunately the match was pretty one-sided so I doubt Shakira had to pull another one of these.

Even Jogi made an appearance!

I love this little girl’s face. Footy’s best bromance standing right behind her, I’d say that look of hers is just about right.

No need to keep anyone waiting, Nando got to work after just four minutes of play. He looked very eager to shut his naysayers up, it was clear in his goal celebration! It was the Iniesta/Silva connection that funded Nando’s goal, I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, that little duo is brilliant!

Nando continued to press on towards Irelands goal, creating chances, and as the Irish had trouble keeping possession of the ball, our midfield was able to take their time & show off what they do best – control, pass, & feed the ball to the boys up front.

Xabi was looking eager to get on the score sheet, which I would LOVE, he sent a long shot towards the goal & it just went over the crossbar. He’s been unleashing those long shots since the pre-Euro friendlies, I think we could have ourselves a fab Xabi goal by the end of the tournament.

And just like in the first half, it took only four minutes for the boys to get back to work, this time with a Silva goal sent right through a couple pairs of legs!

Nando was close to scoring his 2nd just 1o minutes after Silva’s goal but was caught ever so slightly offside. Patience bebe!

We saw the first change in the 65th minute when Javi Martinez came on for Xabi. Five minutues later…..

…and Nando got his brace! GOOOOOALLLLL!!!!! How could you not be happy for the guy, I can’t think of someone who deserves this success more than him.

Having given his fantastic performance, Fernando was replaced by Cesc minutes later. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed that Cesc was going to finish off the match after being damn sure that Llorente would finally get some minutes. I’ve been waiting for Llorente to play since the friendlies & it’s starting to get frustrating, I just want to see him play already!

Ahh but I couldn’t be upset with VdB’s decision for too long though, Cesc didn’t take his minutes for granted & put away a 4th goal for La Roja, it was a freaking smasher.

Just because they lost doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the abs and tattoos.

Ugh….and we thought that Iker’s undershirt sitch was horrible before, well it just got worse. Yellow? Matchy matchy yellow? At least the white one was semi-transparent! We take it back Iker! Bring back the white undershirt, at least we can pretend it’s your skin, the yellow makes it much harder. *sigh* And now I’ll leave you with some fab fan pics…



14 Responses to “The Luck of the Spanish”

  1. mari June 16, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    The match is missing a leprechaun (irish mascot) to shower everyone with gold coins hehe.. :p

    I share your disappointment of not seeing the Lion King get some minutes. Especially since Spain was already up 3-0 by then. Oh well..

    I laughed at some instances where the boys were hesitant to score like “you shoot!” “no, you shoot,” haha! Bummed that Xabi and Arby didn’t get their goals. Next time boys, next time!

  2. jellyace June 16, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    This was my favorite match of the competition so far. I can forgive Iker’s matchy matchy underarmour because Nando got a brace, Cesc didn’t let us down, rain and sweat-soaked kits, and the smiling Irish eyes! Their singing in the end, despite losing bug time, made me cry.

    • jellyace June 16, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      typo: big time not bug time! hahaha!

    • mari June 16, 2012 at 9:51 am #

      Iker’s such a tease, always with an underarmour! Maybe he needs to really sweat it out, so he’ll take it off? He was merely a spectator during this game.. hehe.

      • jellyace June 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

        We imagined him across the pitch from all the action, chewing an apple, planning his wedding, or having taught Doce (his dog) to be goalkeeper so can sneak off with Sara. But in the end, he was just trying to stay awake:

        • mari June 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

          Hahaha! I can totally see that! He can actually make a hammock out of the net and like you imagine – eat an apple, make wedding plans :p

          Btw regarding La Liga, apparently the deal was made last year. I just don’t know how the scheduling would be since they still air the BPL. Still i’m excited! *fingers crossed*

          • jellyace June 17, 2012 at 7:06 am #

            I hope this pushes thru for the sake of the Asian fans.

            “ESPN-Star will be able to broadcast the whole of La Liga providing coverage of up to 380 games across its channels in 18 countries: Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and North Korea; as well as China & South Korea in English only.”

            The BPL games end before most of the La Liga games start so we may have non-stop football! I have been holding off getting the HD cable package, but with the Olympics coming and now this, I just might!

        • maisoun June 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

          Ha! I love his blinky face!

  3. shan June 16, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Silva’s gol was pure class. He took his time and took the shot so calmly. A ton of other players would have just power-shot it and sent it flying into the stands.

    But 4 is my favorite number so I was very happy with this game. A 4th minute gol, Javi Martinez coming out and 4 goles total 🙂

    • shan June 16, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      But I’m with you on the Llorente thing. As much as I love Cesc, I would LOVE to see Llorente get some time as well.

  4. number1barcachick June 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    can someone please tell me what cesc cursed ?

    • maisoun June 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      It looks like he said Puta or Puta Madre.

    • em June 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      textbook ‘puta madre’. The other day I saw Wesley Sneijder mouth those very same words after he missed a chance on goal. It appears that he picked up on a few things during his time with RM!

  5. jellyace June 17, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    That first goal on Nando was fantastic. The ball actually went dead in front of the Irish defender, but Nando chased it and herded it to a position from where he could shoot at the goal! What amazing reflexes and speed!

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