Thursday, April 28, 2011

El Clasico 2011 match - Champions League Battle of Spanish Giants

Yesterday, I watched the semi-final first leg of another El Clasico 2011 match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Though I admired Jose Mourinho's brilliant tactics, I was delighted with Barca's 2-0 victory over Real Madrid. The star of the game was the mighty Lionel Messi who scored a record breaking of 52 goals this season and he avenges Real's win brilliantly in the recent Copa del Rey final. His second goal-poaching attempt on 87 minutes was a wonderful individual effort that saw him dance through the Madrid defence and finish past Iker Casillas. His trademark weaving run that left several defenders trailing in his wake, then followed by a clinical finish is a real masterclass performance.

Prior to the start of game, online sports betting almost give both team equal chances of winning, while some offer Real Madrid a slight advantage. Despite Barca's superior possession, goalscoring chances were at bay due to superior defense of both sides. I think the turning point of the match was the sent off of Pepe on 61 minutes, although his challenge on Alves was probably more worthy of a booking than a straight red card. Mourinho was furious with the decision as the home crowd, and his mocking of the fourth official ended with him being sent to the stands too.

The next second leg game will be impossible for Real Madrid to beat Barcelona. Real will lose both Pepe and Sergei Ramos, who are central elements of Real's defense, and this will favor Barca on sports betting odds. But, any bet on sports is uncertain as miracle could happen. I congratulate Barca for the first leg advantage, and hoping to see the final Champions League match between Spanish (FC Barcelona) vs English (Manchester United) Giants.



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