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FC Barcelona vs. Benfica, 2-0

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Today's Champions' League match against Benfica kept me smiling... right up until Carles Puyol fell badly during a corner kick and had to be carried off the field. It seems that it's a dislocated elbow and not something more serious, but it was horrible to see our brave Capi on the ground yet again, his face twisted in pain. He had JUST come back from injury, recovering more quickly than expected and adding much-needed solidity to our defense. Now he'll probably be out for another month and will certainly miss the Clasico this Sunday. And then, just to add insult to injury, Sergio Busquets was handed a red card for no good reason just before the end of regular time, so he will miss the next two CL games. Now Alex Song will have to play in his position, leaving Tito Vilanova very few options for central defense.

It's a huge shame, not least because the rest of the match went so well. Even though the Benfica players fouled ours over and over, focusing as always on neutralizing Lionel Messi, Barcelona were unstoppable. Victor Valdes was a machine in front of goal, Alexis Sanchez created plenty of danger and smoothly tapped in a lovely assist from Leo, and Cesc Fabregas continued his recent run of good form with the second goal of the game, also assisted by Leo. Andres Iniesta got to play a few minutes, easing back in after his latest injury; the crowd chanted his name, and his skill on the ball was beautiful to see. Leo didn't score and gave the ball away several times, but he had some great dribbling runs and exchanges and the two assists, and in general appeared to be everywhere at once.

Our boys have won every match since the unfortunate Supercopa against Real Madrid. Will they be able to continue this victorious streak when they face them again on Sunday? Or will the continued loss of key players to injury be too much to overcome?

ETA: Puyol made it back to Barcelona with the team and tweeted this photo of himself in the hospital:

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elizaberglund
Oct. 3rd, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
I don't even know what to say anymore ... there are few things that came imidiatly to my mind when it happened but I am saving those for my non-cule friends because tehy are too depressing ... and ofcourse HE is teh one cheering US up now! This is Sparta, I'm telling you!
flywoman
Oct. 3rd, 2012 11:47 am (UTC)
I know, I know... he is always the one sending cheerful messages thanking the medics for their help and offering a hug of comfort to his fans. But his face after he fell, oh god. Our magnificent Capi.
sageharper
Oct. 3rd, 2012 10:54 am (UTC)
Aww Capi, he is the best. Don't even care about the clasico really (we'll still be ahead either way) just want our capi back.

We did play so well, even when things got a bit bad; and very encouraging that Cesc & Alexis seem to be back on form. Benfica were insane fouling everybody all the time. Then for Busi to get punished is so wrong. Hmm I suppose they could play Xavi-Cesc-Iniesta, that'll do.
flywoman
Oct. 3rd, 2012 11:50 am (UTC)
Honestly, I just hope we don't lose anyone else to injury in the clasico - we know how brutal, ahem, certain players in RM can be.

But yeah, we were playing so well, and Cesc and Alexis were great, and then for so many fouls to go uncalled before Busi got a straight red for no reason... ugh.
sageharper
Oct. 3rd, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Oh of course, me too; have to keep our lead still. Adriano is fit and can play there, right?
Uh yeah not mentioning any names. Constant conflict between that and my warm fuzzies towards La Roja (and occasional overlap, re;Ramos).

We were, such a change from the last game. Going to miss Busi too, you rarely even notice him and then he's not playing and it's a bit ropey; he doesn't get enough credit. If Cesc or Pedro had been sent off it wouldn't have so shocking because they did overdo the tackling even after their yellow card ... but Busi really wasn't doing anything untoward.
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