Uno! Dos! Tres! We Did It!

1 Mar

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t worry, with that opening, I’ve used up all my allotted all caps exclamations for this post…but, we did it!! Woot freaking woot! We’ve had such a rough season, we more than deserved this win. Is my optimist showing, or did the win seem a bit healing? Even if it wasn’t a healing match, I couldn’t be happier for our boys! They totally rocked it out and if they just rock it out once more, we’ll have another Copa to drop this year. If the Footy Gods allow it, the boys have got to do it up 2011 style. Cup dropping should just become a damn Madridista tradition…all in favor say ‘aye.’

Dear Lord, I know this is something that we all know already and never forget, we really do have the sexiest team in all the leagues! But am I the only one who still has PHWOAR moments with this team?? Like dayumm, get it with those pre-match gifs!

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All bundled up and ready for the show. Poor bubba, Iker, was all bundled up too. 😦 Seeing him peek out at the team makes my heart sad! We need you back soon, Capi!

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Early on, there was some good end to end play. Both Pinto & DLo were making saves, nothing too dangerous, but both sides were testing each other. How’s that for buildin’ up the excitement?? Cristiano had an early chance, but was called offside. The man kept at it & kept the match interesting, as we got to see some penalty action 12 minutes in. Cris charged his way into Pinto’s box & got tangled up in some Pique, on the way there. Pique saw a yellow card for bringing our man down and Madrid was awarded the penalty. Well, hello goal no. 1! Seriously, there is a certain joy that is felt when we score first against Barca. Savor it & cherish it, Watishistas.

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Real Madrid's Ronaldo celebrates beside team mate Ramos after scoring a penalty against Barcelona during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

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Real Madrid's Ronaldo celebrates beside team mate Ramos after scoring a penalty against Barcelona during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

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FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - Copa Del Rey - Semi Final Second Leg

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - Copa Del Rey - Semi Final Second Leg

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FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - Copa Del Rey - Semi Final Second Leg

Real Madrid's Ronaldo is congratulated by team mate Ramos after scoring a penalty against Barcelona during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

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There we had it, our first away goal. We were in a good position but no more goals were scored in the first half. Bummer. Barca had 68% of possession, but RM put their lesser possession to better use. Our boys had more scoring chances & free kicks, clearly we were the more dangerous side.

Just before halftime, we got to witness this little gem of a play by Jordi Alba. He wanted everyone to know he’s a fragile little thing and can’t be brought down in such harsh a manner! Tsk tsk Arbeloa. Sergio paid the little muffin a visit and made sure to go ahead & tell the young’n what was what. Sadly, I think that moment was the beginning of the end of my love for Jordi Alba.

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That’s how he do.

And how is this for an even more annoying scenario? Freaking losers, with freaking lasers. I don’t know how it could be gauged, but there needs to be level of maturity requirement when allowed into stadiums, honestly this is ridiculous. “You must be this mature to enter!”

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Returning from halftime, Barca was not having as many chances as they probably thought they would, but when they did arise with a shot for DLo, he was up for the challenge & swatted, punched, & saved anything that came his way. A shot from Busquets in the 53rd minute was one of the few real chances Barca had, but DLo handled his shizz.

In the 57th minute, Cristiano made it so we had not one, but two away goals. Oh what a great day it was to be a Madridista! There were two gos for this goal, the first effort from Di Maria’s was saved by Pinto but Cris returned with a shot that couldn’t be stopped!

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FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - Copa Del Rey - Semi Final Second Leg

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“Come to Ginger!”

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Real Madrid's Ronaldo reacts during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match against Barcelona in Barcelona

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With our two away goals to Barca’s one, things weren’t looking too good for them & extremely well for us. 😀 Big smiles all around…well not all around, just for us… Barca’s attempts to catch up with our boys was overshadowed by our fiyah. Things kept a-rollin’ and with bebe Varane on our side, he pretty much sealed the deal on our spot in the CdR finals.

In the 68th minute, bebe croissant scored another one of his amazing headers. The kid gets major air time, just look! He. Is. Fabulous. His celebration with Mou, was fab too. That was the healing moment I was talking about. It took me back to when Mou was being tossed in the air by his boys, ahhh sweet memories. We were a team of worthy things, once again. *sigh*

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Real Madrid's Varane heads the ball to score a goal against Barcelona during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

Real Madrid's Varane heads the ball to score a goal against Barcelona during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

Real Madrid's Varane celebrates his goal past Barcelona's Alba and Busquets during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

Real Madrid's Varane celebrates his goal against Barcelona during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

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Real Madrid's Varane celebrates his goal against Barcelona with his coach Mourinho during their Spanish King's Cup semifinal second round soccer match in Barcelona

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Following all the whoops of elation, Mou made some changes to his lineup. The first change was Callejon for Pipita in the 71st minute, followed by Pepe for Ozil in the 78th, and lastly Essien came on for Xabi in the 84th minute.

The whistle was soon to be blown & it looked like we were going to make it out of this Clasico, drama free, until……..we didn’t. Yep, damn you Busquets & Pepe! Never a Clasico without the theatrics. Busquets gave Pepe a shove, Pepe drops and rolls, a crowd swarms, blah, blah, blah. Thankfully, the situation didn’t get too out of hand. We need to keep that kind of Clasico drama in the past.

In the last minute of the match, poor DLo conceded a goal. He so deserved a clean sheet, but it wasn’t to be. It was a Team Mini Men goal, Jordi Alba scored with an assist from Iniesta. No matter, we still scored 3X as much as they did, holla!

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To the finals we go!! The boys arrived safely in Madrid and were welcomed by more than a few, very excited fans. A hero’s welcome!

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Pics, Gifs, and Vids via gfsports, -mertesacker, gerardopipita, idratherbehome, cheekybackheel, concretar, tfortravis, & marca.

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Post Match Comments

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From Realmadrid.com

Iker:

Iker Casillas appeared for the media in the press room at the Camp Nou. The Real Madrid captain analysed the match and showed the happiness that there was in his team’s dressing room: “My teammates were brilliant. They controlled every area of the field and were superb defensively. Everyone was at their best and pushed hard to make it through to the cup final. From off of the field I saw a very sober performance and a team that were barely under pressure. Real Madrid beat Barcelona on the tactical front and are justified winners of the tie. This match will motivate us to push ahead for the remainder of the season and it is a moment to celebrate and to share with everyone associated with Real Madrid, although we are conscious that we have not won the title.”

The ex-academy player also spoke about the morale boost that this win brings: “You go out with extra strength and somehow more motivated after not having started as well as we wanted in the league. Hopefully this is a turning point to have won this tie and to make it better it was against Barcelona. We played a very good tie all round and this will motivate us to make a good showing of ourselves in other matches. Winning the Champions League is a better possibility than the league, but Real Madrid will fight to the end.”

Casillas praised Cristiano Ronaldo, who had another brilliant match in the Camp Nou. “He is showing that he is a very important player for us. He is our focal point and in these matches he has shown how good he is. Ronaldo is a vital player and is going through a very good run of form and we must take full advantage of that. He was superb. His renewal? That will have to be decided between the club and the player. The main thing is that he brings us these moments of happiness”. About to Diego Lopez, he said: “He is a great goalkeeper and I think he has been a very important addition and brings us some calmness.”

The Real Madrid captain hopes to continuity to this result in the Champions League tie against Manchester United: “We have to transfer this to the match against Manchester United. It is also 1-1 and we have to score and keep a clean sheet. That is the aim that we’re going with. Manchester United know how to play football, it is a difficult place to visit and we have to take what we have done today to Old Trafford.”

About the La Liga Clasico at the Bernabeu on Saturday, he said: “I know several players from Barcelona and I know they are competitive. We have to be aware that in the league, when we do not win, the fans suffer and it is our duty to fight in every match and the next one is against Barcelona. What we want to do is win and keep cutting their lead. It is a disadvantage that it might not be as big as it is, but this competition is about consistency and in that regard Barcelona have been better than us. We will go out to win to cut the distance in terms of points. It is a considerable distance, but with the added bonus of our home fans we want to round off the week well.”

Finally, he gave reasons for him appearing in the press room: “I came because we have decided that it was good time for the captain to make an appearance. It was an idea that came from the dressing room. I hope that has not bothered anyone because I have done it happily. We decided it was a time to enjoy and for me as team captain to come out to congratulate the team and everyone associated with Real Madrid.”

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Celebratory Ramos Tongue Action

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Sergio:

Sergio Ramos played the full 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and was happy with his side’s semifinal performance: “Qualifying for the final on this pitch feels different. We finished with the feeling that we did a good job, played a perfect match and that it’s a deserved win for Real Madrid. It’s always hard against squads like Barcelona, but we did well, with a balanced defence, and we were spot on up front. Each time we get to know our rival better and the skills of this fantastic Barcelona, but this shouldn’t take anything away from Real, who played a great game to make it to the final.”

The Whites’ defender also spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world and he proves it in these types of clashes, he always performs”. He also spoke about Varane, author of the third goal: “You have to give the young players a chance. He’s been doing well and making it difficult.”

Ramos summed up the feelings in the dressing room after securing their spot in the Copa final: “The feeling is very good because we played a great game against a tough opponent. Qualifying for the final on this pitch feels different. It’s a deserved win and it’s a reason to be happy and enjoy it.” However, the captain is cautious: “We haven’t won anything yet; we have to keep going, match by match.”

Regarding the second match of the week against Barcelona this upcoming Saturday at the Santiago Bernabéu, Ramos said: “We’ll try to play a great game and fight for the win. We don’t want to toss the League, even if it is difficult. The coach says that every match is important. We’ll see what approach he takes and the eleven he plays. We should never have complexes about any opponent, but we should respect them.” To conclude, when asked whether the 1-3 will boost squad moral, Ramos replied: “Emotionally it’s an important victory, because we won in the Camp Nou and it got us to the final. It’s a sign that we’ve done well in this competition.”

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Cristiano:

Cristiano Ronaldo was the focal point in attack for Real Madrid and scored twice. The forward congratulated all his teammates for their hard work: “It was a great match for us. We played very well from the first to the last minute, we concentrated very well. We had a great attitude and played better. To score three goals here is very tough. I give the congratulations to the team because we had an amazing match.”

The Real Madrid player referred to the team’s recent good performances in the Camp Nou: “Lately, when we have played here we have done very well. We play almost better than at home. It’s a matter of confidence, it is good for us, and most players like to play in the Camp Nou.” He also responded to questions about the upcoming matches in the league and Champions League: “Playing against Barcelona always gives you extra motivation. We have a home match and we have to keep going as we are. In the league Barcelona have a big advantage and in the Champions League we will go out to try to win, as we always do.”

The Camp Nou is a happy stomping ground for Cristiano Ronaldo. It is his sixth Clasico there in which he has scored and he has a total of eight goals. “I feel very comfortable playing on this ground. Besides, I always have the help of my teammates, which is what allows me to score goals. Going into the history books for scoring so many times in a row is something nice and I am proud to be writing a page in the history of Spanish football”, said the Whites’ forward.

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Varane:

Raphael Varane sealed the win for Real Madrid with a great header from a corner taken by Ozil. The French centre back expressed how the team felt after the match: “We are happy and when we play like that, as a team, we know we can win. Now we have to move forward and think about the final and our next matches.”

One of the keys to victory in the Camp Nou was Mourinho’s team’s security at the back. Varane said the following about the team’s work in defence: “Barcelona are a difficult team to defend against because they have very fast players, so we played tight together and tried not to leave spaces.” On a personal level, he said: “I try to improve and learn, that is good for my career. I’m ready to play and to help the team and that is what I am here for.”

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Diego from the Post:

Diego López defended the Whites’ goal in the Camp Nou and was elated after the match: “It was a lesson, a perfect match, a 1-3 says it all. It was an important game against a great team. We played a first-rate match. The approach was unbeatable. The team was very calm throughout the match. We tried to stop [Barcelona’s] best skills and controlled the game well on the defence. We gave an enormous effort and Cristiano was formidable. We were a great team and they were unable to beat us.”

As for the upcoming Liga Clásico on Saturday at the Bernabéu, the goalkeeper stressed the importance of this victory: “It gives us a lot of confidence. The Liga is another competition and they’ll come out for the win, so we have this match as an example to beat.”

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Pepe:

Pepe had a special day in the Camp Nou. He celebrated his birthday in style and received the best present he could ask for: a spot in the Copa final, the second Pepe has played in the last three seasons. The Portuguese defender was pleased after the match: “We played a solid game. We’re really happy and now both the fans and the team should enjoy this important day. If we play as a team we’re hard to beat.”

The Real defender analyzed his team’s victory at the Camp Nou: “We started the match well. We had done our homework and we knew that if we scored a goal we would equalize the playoff. The team played well, worked hard and scored three important goals.” To conclude, Pepe spoke about the Liga Clásico set for Saturday at the Santiago Bernabéu: “We have to come out the same way to win. The day after tomorrow we’ll recharge our batteries to be in top form on Saturday and give everything we’ve got in front of our fans.”

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Hala Madrid!! Hala Copa del Rey Finalistas!!

Who’s ready for another Clasico tomorrow? Yeesh. May our awesome streak continue!

-Maisougio

14 Responses to “Uno! Dos! Tres! We Did It!”

  1. Utd Girl March 2, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    YAY!!! 🙂 HA Barcelona…Bye bye! Great job to the boys! Cris just keeps getting better. Maannn it’s gonna be a sad day on Tuesday when they play United. It’ll be bittersweet, obvi cause United’s my number 1 and I want them to advance BUT I love the boys in white too. Ehh :/ But anyways, Varane has been doing so well and he is still so young! Gosh my crush on di Maria just keeps on growing! I really hate how Barca acts whenever they’re losing. They can go cry a river with their fans. #SorryNotSorry I just hate them so much!

  2. Phédre March 2, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    Our boys were so good and looked so fine. If I ever get the chance to see them play I think I’ll jump on the pitch and grab one. Preferably Sese but the closest one will do just as fine I’m sure!
    During the Euro’s I really liked Jordi Alba, but he sure is in my black book now. He made a complete fool out of himself, even the ref and Iniesta look at him and just walk of. The lovely captain of my NT, Vincent Kompany, even tweeted about it. He said he saw the best and worse in football, with the worse being the diving. He also praised Varane. I love that guy!
    Hoping for another win today, but CL is more important now imho.
    And Cristiano, you are out of this world! I love you more and more each day!

  3. jellyace March 2, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    Thank you, Maisoun, for this excellent post. I had a crappy but working stream in German, and muted it to listen to another crappy English stream with no working video! So this makes up for most of what I could not see clearly!

    Even if he scored a goal, Jordi Alba’s antics did disappoint me. No more love left for the chipmunk (Simon, Theodore, and Alba). And maybe the recent locker-room dramas in Camp Nou have gotten to the team, as Barca did disappoint, too.

    In counterpoint, My admiration for Cristiano (yes, I started out sneering and hating him long ago) just keeps growing as he is the uber professional and as his teammates say, the complete football player. In almost all his pics in this match, he is glowing green. Really, cules, what is it with those laser pointers? Don’t you know it works like a Bizarro reverse-Kryptonite on Super Ronaldo and just makes him more determined at goal?

    And our Bebe Baguette Varane keeps surprising me! He is so impressive, and carries himself with such maturity beyond his 19 years. I so loved that after his fantastic aerial header goal, he made a beeline for Mou and celebrated with a hopping hug!

    So I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled that we won and we did it by rendering our foes ineffective and by displaying superiority and acute mental concentration (except for Pepe, but that is not news). I hope the boys keep up the excellent work for the rest of the week! CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!

    • SR 4 March 2, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      Ughh I hate crappy streams so much. If you don´t mind russian commentary you can rewatch the whole game here http://livetv.ru/de/showvideo/132895/

      • jellyace March 2, 2013 at 7:19 am #

        Thanks for sharing! Star Sports carries all the La Liga matches but not the Copa del Rey matches, so I am lucky enough not to have to stream every match. I think the CdR Final will be aired on tve tho (hope, hope, hope!).

        • SR 4 March 2, 2013 at 7:21 am #

          That´s at least something. I sadly have to stream every match. So annoying!

          • jellyace March 3, 2013 at 6:37 am #

            That’s how it was for me last season. So I feel for you. Wishing you fast and clear streams always!

    • SR 4 March 2, 2013 at 7:16 am #

      I also used to not like Ronaldo but now he´s totally grown on me. Despite being bood and whistled for his free kick ceremony he keeps on doing it. I really admire that. He doesn´t give a crap what anyone thinks and works his butt off in every game.L
      I´m still so proud of the boys and let´s hope Sese has another trophy to drop!

      • SR 4 March 2, 2013 at 7:19 am #

        *booed

      • jellyace March 2, 2013 at 7:20 am #

        Yes, Sese does need another trophy to drop. And we need to see something new from Drunk Xabi. I love Drunk Xabi!

        • Mehreh March 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

          Drunk Xabi is literally one of the best things in the world. Maybe we get to see it after a CL win?

  4. Luz March 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    A question: would it be too inpolitically correct to name Varane ‘Pain au Chocolat’???????
    I mean it in the most positive way and ‘pain au chocolat’ is the equivalent to croissant. And I love my Pain au Chocolat much more than my croissant – both the player and the pastry.

    • jellyace March 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

      I have been calling him our Bebe Baguette!

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