Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Real Madrid Defeat Barcelona, Worst Tackle Ever?, Grant Wahl's MLS Player Survey, Everton Advance, Americans Abroad, Boro vs. Chelsea, Tim Vickery on Boca Juniors

Another epic episode of El Clásico went down last night and Madrid emerged 1-3 winners in Barcelona. As you might expect, Ronaldo figured prominently with two goals for The Whites. Meanwhile, Messi (as he did in Milan) went missing. Perhaps he had a fever?

Sid Lowe was there (of course he was!) and thinks that Barca may have lost more than the Copa del Rey with this performance. Mainly, identity, supremacy, fitness, and confidence.

The best moment of the match (from a neutral's perspective) came when Di Maria completely destroyed Puyol with a little shimmy and left the Barcelona Hair Farm doing his best Dominique Dawes imitation.  Di Maria's shot was saved, but Ronny calmly slotted home the rebound to make it 0-2.

Here are Six Things We Learned from the match.

Grant Wahl's been speaking with MLS players. He's been asking them questions. Questions like, "If you were starting a team from scratch and could pick one MLS player to start with, who would it be?" Surprisingly, even though he's retired, Coby Jones got the most votes. Uh. No.

Americans Abroad. Brek Shea made his debut for Stoke City at Fulham on Saturday. It was the early match on ESPN2, and, well, we were up early so watched the whole damn thing. He was decent. Not great, not terrible. He won a penalty that Jonathan Walters (twat) wasted, but that was about it. Here's a look at all the rest of the guys playing in other countries. Looks like things went quite poorly for Maurice Edu over in Turkey.

There was some FA Cup action yesterday. As expected, Everton defeated Oldham in their fifth-round replay at Goodison Park to advance. Andy Hunter took in the action in Liverpool. In tonight's match, Chelsea travel up to Middlesbrough in the final fifth-round clash of the competition at the Riverside.

Dennis Bergkamp is getting a statue. He deserves it. Mario Balotelli does not deserve a statue. But he'll get one anyway. By commissioning it himself.

Is this the worst tackle ever? It's pretty damn poor.

Let's conclude with Tim Vickery in Brazil. He's talking about a team in neighboring Argentina. Boca Juniors, to be precise. 



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