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Barcelona vs. AC Milan, 0-0

                            "Whassup little man?"

Today's Champions League match had been billed as the battle between David and Goliath, but neither Leo Messi nor former FC Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to score. In fact, nobody did, which says something about the strength of AC Milan's defense even in the absence of Thiago Silva - but also that our own defenders did a better job than usual. Gerard Pique in particular seemed to be back in form, while Javier Mascherano was a beast. In more ways than one.

Masche attempts to seduce Ibra away from the ball

Apparently the state of the pitch was terrible, which is always bad for Barcelona's tight passing game. There were quite a few fouls on both sides, although few cards were given; Xavi Hernandez in particular seemed to be singled out for punishment. Also, there were at least two penalties not given to Barcelona. Messi was not having a great game - he even slipped and fell on his ass while making a free kick - and by the end he was visibly frustrated, yelling at junior player Cristian Tello for shooting into the side of the net instead of passing to him.

Ah well. I'm a little disappointed but also frankly relieved. Next week AC Milan will play Barcelona at Camp Nou, and we'll see who goes on to the Champions League semifinals, most likely against Chelsea.


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Mar. 29th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Is Messi about to shake hands with a giraffe? Is it safe for a soccer player to be that tall? He seems so breakable.
Mar. 29th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
*snort* Well, he stood up to Mascherano's forcible mounting today, so I guess he's less fragile than he looks.
Mar. 29th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
(Butthead voice) You said mounting...huh huh huh
Mar. 29th, 2012 02:50 am (UTC)
I wish I could find a clip of the vid, he was seriously humping the man.
Mar. 29th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
I bet that was your favorite part of the game!
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, in a game without goals, it was one of the highlights, yeah ;)
Mar. 29th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
I used to live in Kensington in London, near Wembley Stadium (I think). When the soccer games ended, we had to hide inside until all the crazed soccer hooligans passed by. They used to wear big long scarves in those days.
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
I think the fans in Spain are not as crazy/dangerous as the ones in England. It's considered safe to take your kids to the games, etc.
Mar. 29th, 2012 08:10 am (UTC)
Pique was definitely on roll yesterday. It wfeels like this goal gave him confidence back (I love how happy Pep was when Geri scored !).

Poor Xavi! They were on him all the time. And Seedorf taht kicked him at his knee from behind! Shit! I wnated to cuddle Xavi after this game so much.

The pitch was a disastre which is surprising at teh stadium of this station and teh clubs that play there.

And Puyi was just so ... Puyish yesterday:) *hearts in eyes*
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I missed Saturday's game, but I heard that Geri did better then, and of course there was the goal. Hopefully he will stay on form for the rest of this season!

I know, poor Xavi! :( I wanted to jump in there and protect him. All five feet of me. LOL.

And Puyi was a lion, as usual. He and Masche and Pique were tireless in defense.
Mar. 29th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
My father told me the pitch at San Siro (the one Milan and Inter use) always was problematic, and they fucked it up completely when they did the repitching for the World Championship in 1990. Still, I thought it was mostly bad under heavy rain.

it says a lot about how strong Barça is that Italian newspapers seemed happy with the result.

In the first photo all I could notice was Ibra's bulging crotch.
Mar. 29th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Apparently the pitch is bad after rain because it doesn't "breathe" well, but last night the complaint was that it hadn't been watered prior to the game. IDK.

Hahaha, I was admiring Leo's cute little bubble butt, myself.
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