Pepe relapses at Celta with back-heel kick in the cojones, escapes booking!

Pepe was up to his old tricks in Real Madrid’s Copa defeat at Celta Vigo. After years of violent bouts, the Portuguese defender seemed to have turned a new leaf last season, concentrating on his actual footballing abilities and developing into of the best defenders in the world. His dark side is always lurking beneath […]

Mathieu Valbuena scores uncanny Zidanesque volleyed Golazo V Bastia

Mathieu Valbuena loves a Golazo. Much maligned in France for his tendency to go to ground, Petit Velo makes up for his shortcomings (no pun intended) with regular Golazos. His volleye against Bastia on Wednesday night was uncanny in its resemblance to Zinedine Zidane’s famous left-footed Golazo in the 2002 Champions League Final against Bayer Leverkusen. (There’s […]

Celta send frustrated Real back to Madrid with it all to do in the 2nd leg

Celta 2 – Real Madrid 1 (Copa del Rey, December 12, 2012) (Longer highlights.) Cristiano Ronaldo was booked in the first half for a late tackle, and reacted by laughing at the ref. Hugo Mallo Owned Ozil & Arbeloa with a slick 180 turn. Mario Bermejo stole in at the back post to give Celta the lead. […]

Messi-dependence? Full-strength Barça need brace from La Pulga to beat Cordoba

Cordoba 0 – Barcelona 2 (Copa del Rey Last 16, December 12, 2012) (Longer highlights.) Jose Manuel Pinto pulled off a spectacular save early on, following it up with a swan dive (!) Lionel Messi tapped home goal 87 of 2012 to put Barcelona 1-0 up. Cordoba had a goal ruled out for a marginal offside just moments […]

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