Unbelievable game of football last night at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid actually stepped up to the plate and played some very good football. Real Madrid played a very tidy first half of football where they could have scored four or five times but it was Barcelona who ended up 2-0 in front with goals from Pedro and Dani Alves.
Both teams played exciting football but Madrid had the edge over Barcelona for most of the game. Madrid were attacking and creating chances and with Manuel Pinto in goal things weren’t looking too good for Barcelona as Madrid were going to score without a shadow of a doubt.
The game ended up 2-2 but Barcelona goes through to the semis on goal difference. It was a cracking game of football.
In the first half Cristiano Ronaldo had a few chances but squandered them and Ozil, the German maestro popped up with an unbelievable shot the rocked pinto’s crossbar – how that never went in and made goal of the season I’ll never know! At half time and Madrid one nil down all looked ok until Alves scored a beauty in the 47th minute. It looked like it would be another cakewalk for Pep’s Barcelona but Mourinho’s Madrid had other ideas. Instead of lying down and playing dead as per usual, madrid stepped up to the mark and brought the play to Barca. Cristiano scored in the 67th minute and Benzema added a second in the 71st.
Real Madrid had finally got the bit between their teeth and started to play. Barcelona looked scared and were committing defensive mistakes – quite unlike Barca.It was a question of time now and Real just needed a goal to launch themselves into the semi finals of la Copa del Rey.
This was no doubt the best performance from madrid against Guardiola’s dream team of Barcelona. Real Madrid can go back home and hold their heads up high because they finally played the football all the “Madrileños” were dying to see.
“The players played a good game,” a subdued Real boss Jose Mourinho told a news conference full of curt answers. “Before the game we came here with the hope and the motivation of winning,” he said.
“If you want I will congratulate Barcelona for the win last week. I am happy to do that as they deserved to win.”
Barcelona’s win however came at a price with Andrés Iniesta limping off in the 29th minute with a torn muscle and bullet man Alexis Sánchez was substituted 11 minutes from full-time with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss between one to two weeks.
The game at the Nou Camp finished 2-2 with Guardiola’s Barcelona going through 4-3 on aggregate.