Archivio mensile:ottobre 2013

26.10.13 Barcelona v Real Madrid

Barça- Real Madrid games always provide plenty of images that stick in the mind – this time it was not just the wonderful tribute to Tito Vilanova in the pre-match mosaic, but also Neymar’s first Clasico goal and Alexis Sanchez’s magical chip for the second. The Chilean’s 72nd minute beauty ended up being the difference between the two well matched sides, after Barça had the better of the first half with some clever play, but were seriously threatened after the break, when Valdes again pulled off some superb saves. Martino tried a new set up with Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc holding onto the ball in the middle and Messi and Neymar up top, with freedom to roam wide or come into the centre. Madrid also sprung a tactical surprise, with Carvajal at left back and Ramos pushed into midfield behind a front three of Bale, Ronaldo and Di Maria, with the Welshman in an unfamiliar false number 9 role. Barça started well and were clearly heeding their boss’ warning that they had to control the ball and avoid losing possession in dangerous areas. With both sides’ defensive anchors – Busquets and Ramos both picking up early yellows, neither team looked too comfortable on the ball, with the emphasis very much on not making mistakes. Then on 18 minutes, Iniesta pounced on a loose ball just inside the Madrid half and ran at the visitors’ defence, before slipping in Neymar on the left for the Brazilian to cut inside and fire low past Diego Lopez for the opener. The Camp Nou crowd – full of banners and flags demanding Catalonia’s right to self-determination – erupted with the goal and their excitement lifted the team who upped their game a gear, with Messi almost immediately shooting just wide after escaping down the right and the Argentinean and Neymar were combining to cause plenty of problems for Madrid’s defence, as Barça stamped their style on the game. Xavi knew that it was in Barça’s interest to slow the game down and avoid any end-to-end stuff to allow them to weave their web of close passing and the Catalan midfielder was soon dictating the pace in the middle again. As the half came to an end with Barça’s superiority clear to all, Madrid gave a warning of things to come though, when Cristiano Ronaldo cut in from the left and sent a low cross in towards the onrushing Khadira, Victor Vlades was equal to the German’s point blank effort, but the rebound also came back to him off the supporting arm of Adriano, who was on the ground after his tackle on Khedira. After the break, it was Neymar who revitalised both the game and Barça, bamboozling Carvajal and bringing out a great stop from Diego Lopez with a powerful effort from the left after good work again from Iniesta. Then it was  Valdés who was called upon to once again save the team with a stunning save from a Ronaldo drive , Madrid were beginning to create in the middle now and the game began to open up – something that was always going to favour their style of play. With the yellow cards piling up and a bit of tiredness creeping in, Barça’s dominance of possession was also slipping.  Martino brought on fresh legs, with  Alexis coming on for Cesc and the side returning to a more familiar 4-3-3 shape as Madrid enjoyed their best phase of the game. Cristiano Ronaldo had a shout for a penalty turned down after a push from Mascherano and  Benzema rattled the woodwork with a shot from the edge of the box. However, once again Barça brought the game back to their pace and took control of possession to take the sting out of Madrid’s threat. And that was when Alexis popped up, picking up a long clearance deep in Madrid’s half and creating a few inches of space away from Varane to chip an inch perfect effort over the Madrid keeper and into the back of the net for the goal of the night. Alves then nearly made it three, darting down the right and nutmegging Cristiano before firing straight at Diego López. Jesé’s injury time goal – rounding off a quick counter to make it 2-1, was too little too late for the visitors and Barça played out the final couple of minutes to take the three points and stretch their lead over Madrid to six.

20.10.13 Europa v Ascó

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El Europa se adjudicó el duelo entre dos equipos llamados a ocupar los primeros puestos de la tabla. Los gracienses, que gozaron de ocasiones para lograr un mayor resultado, vencieron a un Ascó que no supo aprovechar sus opciones y que con este resultado, ve frenada su racha de 3 victorias consecutivas. Por su parte, los escapulados reducen diferencias con la parte alta de la tabla. Tras un inicio explosivo de los dos equipos, con dominio alterno, llegó la primera jugada polémica. Un centro de Diego fue cortado por Sangrà con el brazo, pero el colegiado consideró mano involuntaria. Tras esta acción empezó a apretar el Ascó arriba y en sus mejores minutos llegó el primer gol local. Asistencia de Cano en profundidad para un Javi Sánchez que ne perdonó ante la salida del portero y anotó de chut cruzado. Diez minutos más tarde, vino el segundo de un córner ejecutado por Javi Lara y rematado al primer palo por un Cano en estado de gracia. Tras el descanso, el lateral graciense Alegre salvó un tempranero gol visitante al evitar un remate a puerta vacía de Virgili. Los visitantes insistieron, pero entre la mala suerte y el portero local Rafa Leva evitaron el gol. En el minuto 76, el árbitro anuló un gol de Gerard Roca por fuera de juego de Denis Coch, pero los de Miguel Rubio obtuvieron el tanto de honor cuando, dos minutos después, Sergi Moreno cazó un balón muerto y superó a Rafa Leva de tiro cruzado.

19.10.13 Espanyol v Atlético de Madrid

El Estadio RCDE celebró, después de tres derrotas, una nueva victoria del Espanyol. Un gol fabricado por Fuentes con la colaboración de Courtois dio el triunfo a los blanquiazules, que se impusieron a un rival de prestigio como es el Atlético de Madrid, que, además, llegaba a Cornellà-El Prat como colíder del campeonato. En un encuentro intenso, de lucha, de sacrificio, el Espanyol acabó imponiéndose y sumando tres puntos importantísimos. El Espanyol llegaba al partido después de encadenar tres derrotas consecutivas y el equipo de Javier Aguirre, con algunas sorpresas en el once inicial como Sidnei, M. Lanza o Abraham, tenía muchas ganas de reivindicarse ante un rival que ha tenido un espectacular inicio de Liga en el que ha sumado ocho victorias en otros tantos partidos. A priori, se antojaba un encuentro complicado para los espanyolistas, que deseaban recuperar su mejor versión para acabar con la mala racha y, de paso, demostrar que puede competir con cualquier rival de la competición. El planteamiento de ambos entrenadores, con bastantes similitudes, propició un partido espeso, con mucho centrocampismo, pocas acciones combinadas y escasas opciones de gol. El Espanyol aguantó bien en el centro del campo y no se dejó intimidar por la calidad de la medular rojiblanca. A pesar de la ausencia de unos de los fijos en el esquema como Víctor Sánchez, el equipo estuvo fuerte en la contención y muy aplicado en tareas defensivas. Por el contrario, al equipo le costó llegar al área contraria. Sergio García, quien se recuperó a tiempo para el compromiso liguero, mantuvo una dura pugna con Godín. El capitán blanquiazul no se amedrantó, como es habitual, pero apenas pudo generar opciones de peligro. Más activo estuvo Pizzi, quien lo probó en un par de ocasiones, pero sus disparos forzados apenas inquietaron a Courtois. David López, con un remate de cabeza muy desviado, cerró el capítulo de oportunidades locales. El Atlético, por su parte, y a pesar de jugar con David Villa y Diego Costa, también estuvo bastante espeso en ataque aunque Koke dispuso de una gran ocasión con un remate que se acabó estrellando en el palo. En el tiempo de añadido fue Diego Costa el que estuvo cerca del gol, pero, afortunadamente, su disparo salió fuera. El Espanyol ha arrancado más convencido tras el descanso y ha sido superior a su rival. El equipo de Aguirre ha controlado el juego y, sobre todo, ha tenido más llegadas con peligro al área rival. Manu Lanzarote ha tenido el gol en una doble oportunidad, pero en las dos ocasiones Courtois ha estado acertado y ha evitado que los blanquiazules se adelantaran en el marcador. Sin embargo, el belga, pocos minutos después, ha estropeado su buena actuación al desviar hacia su propia portería un centro desde la izquierda de Fuentes. Cornellà-El Prat volvía a festejar un gol a pleno pulmón. Simeone, que no quería perder el liderato, reaccionó rápidamente acumulando hombres de ataque. Los rojiblancos parecieron reaccionar con dos ocasiones consecutivas muy claras: un gol anulado por fuera de juego y un disparo cruzado de Diego Costa que no fue gol por poco. El Espanyol se sintió agobiado por primera vez en el partido, pero supo sacudirse la presión. Abraham dio síntomas de mejora con un disparo raso que Courtois atrapó bien colocado. El equipo y la afición sufrieron hasta el final. El Atlético buscó el gol del empate, pero el Espanyol gestionó muy bien los minutos finales e incluso pudo sentenciar a la contra. Victoria de mérito para los de Javier Aguirre, que ponen fin a una racha de tres partidos sin ganar con tres puntos de mucho valor.

13.10.13 Barcelona B v Deportivo La Coruña

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Victory doesn’t always go to the brave and in front of the watching Tata Martino at the Mini Estadi this afternoon, Barça B saw all their dominance and initiative come to naught as an ultra-defensive, well organised and practical Deportivo made good their first minute goal – virtually their only chance all game – to take the points. It was the worst possible of starts for Barça B, as without a minute of kick off, Culio picked up a loose ball in the box and fired past Masip. With injuries and international commitments limiting Eusebio’s choices, the locals went out with an unfamiliar looking line up, including Ilie and Planas at the heart of the back line, despite neither of them being out and out centre halves, and the early goal was a tough blow for the youngsters, which momentarily put them off their stride. After their goal, Deportivo parked the bus and let Barça B make the running , but Eusebio’s players found space at  a premium. In the middle, Samper, Espinosa and Edu Bedia gradually began to impose  their rhythm on the game, but chances were few and far between, with Denis Suárez, on 41, setting up the best of the half, with a brilliant move down the left before crossing for Dani Nieto who shot straight at the Deportivo keeper from close range. Deportivo were being pinned right back in their own half and three free kicks from the edge of the area by Denis Suárez came so close to equalising – with the first two shaving the woodwork. The Galicians showed their experience though and were able to slow down the game with continual interruptions. Eusebio brought on  Adama and switched to 3-4-3 for the last 20 minutes and the young winger tested the veteran Deportivo full back Manuel Pablo, most notably when he beat him and sent over a cross for Sandro on 74 minutes, only for the shot to go high over the bar. The visitors’ keeper  again brought off a great stop from an Ilie drive from the edge of the area, but the 5,800 fans at the Mini weren’t going to see their team score, as Deportivo went even further into defensive mode with the entry of Marchena to make a five man defence and held out for the points, despite Barça B’s brave efforts.

06.10.13 Europa v Pobla Mafumet

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Después de tres derrotas seguidas en la liga, el Europa recuperó la senda del triunfo ante una Pobla de Mafumet que, si bien planteó un partido abierto y sin reservas, fue constantemente a remolque del gran inicio de los gradientes, que saltaron al campo con un fuerte ritmo desde el sonido del silbato. A los tres minutos de juego ya mandaban los locales. Falta lateral que Charly Ruiz sirve al segundo palo y Cano, de cabeza, anota el 1-0. Tras la mejor opción de los visitantes, una falta directa de Jordi Roca que Rafa Leva salvó del gol con un puño, el Europa respondió en el siguiente contraataque. Juagada de Diego por banda izquierda, centro al punto de penalti para Rovira y el extremo escapulado que, en el segundo intento de remate, consigue batir el portero Aleix para hacer el 2-0, resultado que llevó el encuentro al descanso. En la reanudación la Pobla se metió en el partido a los seis minutos, tras un claro penalti de Guillem a Bueno que el propio jugados de la Pobla transformó en el 2-1. A pesar de la corta distancia en el marcador, los visitantes no encontraron huecos para forzar el empate. En el último cuarto de hora de partido, exhibición del reaparecido Cebri, que tras volver unos minutos en el Mannleu-Europa, ‘debutaba’ ante su afición tras 10 meses lesionado. Una gran jugada del punta escapulado, regateando dos jugadores y sorteando la segada de un tercero, sirvió para dejar el gol hecho a Guzman. En el 88′ Camacho puso el guinda tras la buena acción de Cebri.

24.09.13 Barcelona v Real Sociedad

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Barça have equalled the club’s best ever start to a Liga campaign by making it six wins out of six after a brilliant 4-1 win against Real Sociedad. And it all happened on the day that the city was celebrating its patron saint, the Mercè festival, and in emphatic style. The first 22 minutes saw a barrage of goals from Neymar, Messi and Busquets, and from then on it was complete dominance from the home side, with the visitor’s solitary goal doing nothing to worry the Camp Nou faithful. Nevertheless, things had got off to an alarming start. In the first minute, Seferovic struck the Barça bar, and Mascherano, who ended up being substituted on the half hour, ended up grounded after being accidentally stamped on by Busquets. But having avoided that early warning call, the Catalans regrouped and set about dominating their guests in every facet of the game. Real were forced back into their own half and the chances started flowing. Neymar was outstanding with his penetrating runs from the left, and Iniesta was plethoric in an aggressive, dominant midfield in which Xavi and Busquets read every play to perfection. It was the Brazilian who first found the net after just four minutes when he pounced on a moment of uncertainty between visiting goalkeeper Bravo and his colleague Cadamuro. Just five minutes later, the same man Neymar left two men stranded before crossing for Messi to grab the second. Barça’s attacking machine was on full throttle, and the play was developing at a frantic pace. Real Sociedad looked lost, and matters weren’t helped for them when their captain Xabi Prieto went off injured after 22 minutes, to be ambitiously replaced by Aguirretxe. Busquets soon made it 3-0 with a strike from outside the area, moments after Messi had hit the bar. Barça were combining to absolute perfection, and the fans even celebrated the chances that went begging, so impressive was the footballing display before them. And even though he had very little to do this evening, the crowd also started chanting the name of Víctor Valdés in recognition of the crucial saves he’s made in recent matches. Barça weren’t holding up, and despite their healthy lead, most of the play was still deep inside the Real Sociedad half – and after the break, Messi and Neymar continued searching for further goals. Real hadn’t exactly done much to contribute to the Camp Nou’s anniversary, but did manage to grab a consolation goal after 63 minutes through De la Bella. Barça responded in precisely the right way. With only two goals in it, they slowed the pace and started taking fewer risks. Not only that, but tiredness was clearly setting in, just as Real, encouraged by the goal, starting counter attacking with increasingly greater effect as they fought to somehow find a way back into the match. They played with courage, but it was still Barça who were in command, and not too many people in the Camp Nou were worried that the game wasn’t going to end in anything other than a home win. Any hint of uncertainty soon vanished in the 75th minute Bartra, looking every bit the forward, converted a Messi cross to make it 4-1. That as good as brought the night’s activities to a conclusion, and Martino decided to bring off both Neymar and Messi for some well-earned rest. Alexis was left to run the frontline alone, and really deserved a goal in the final seconds, but his header struck the post. All in all, it was another tremendous performance from FC Barcelona, and it’s now six wins out of six in La Liga.

21.09.13 Chelsea v Fulham

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Fulham fell to a 2-0 derby defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 21st. In what was a closely fought fixture, two second-half goals proved the difference as strikes from Oscar and John Obi Mikel earned the home side the SW6 bragging rights. The opening 45 minutes was an even contest, with the Whites squandering the best chance when Darren Bent shot too close to Petr Cech after being played through by Pajtim Kasami. But Chelsea came flying out in the second period and two close-range goals earned them their first win over Fulham at home in three years. Martin Jol made three changes to the side that drew with West Bromwich Albion seven days ago, with the recovered Bent taking the place of Dimitar Berbatov who didn’t recuperate in time from a hamstring strain. Fernando Amorebieta was handed a full debut at the expense of Philippe Senderos, while Damien Duff started on the right wing in place of the injured Bryan Ruiz. The first smell of danger arrived in the fourth minute when Chelsea were awarded a soft free-kick for an apparent foul on Ashley Cole by Kasami, but Andre Schurrle’s set-piece was headed clear by Sascha Riether. The Whites then broke with Duff who eventually managed to dink in a cross that Steve Sidwell headed over, while another opportunity then arrived on six minutes for the Blues when Samuel Eto’o beat David Stockdale to Branislav Ivanovic’s cross, but the striker’s effort went well over the crossbar. In what was an entertaining opening 10 minutes, Bent almost latched onto Scott Parker’s clever ball over the top, but Cech read the situation brilliantly to rush out and head clear the danger. The best chance of the game then fell to Bent in the 13th minute when Kasami played him in with sublime vision. The striker’s pace took him beyond Gary Cahill but his shot was too close to Cech who made a comfortable save. Schurrle had another set-piece opportunity with 20 minutes played and the Germany international fizzed in a dangerous ball that Ramires managed to flick on, but only into the arms of Stockdale. The winger’s deliveries were becoming more threatening, though, and Stockdale had to be on hand to tip his corner away three minutes later. Eto’o latched onto a diagonal pass in the 26th minute after escaping the offside flag – the striker cut inside Riether before rifling in a powerful shot that was deflected behind for a corner by Duff. An ambitious effort from Sidwell shortly after was the first Fulham attempt for a while but, nonetheless, the Whites were doing well to contain their hosts in what was a well-balanced match. After Kasami was once again contentiously penalised on the edge of his own area, Oscar and Schurrle both stood over the dead ball. It was the Brazilian who stepped up, smashing his shot into the wall, with Stockdale then doing well to claim the loose ball and prevent a corner. The Blues were beginning to up the tempo slightly and it needed a fine block from Brede Hangeland to deny Ramires a clean strike on goal, with Eden Hazard then firing a well-struck volley wide following a Stockdale punch. Fantastic play by Parker in the middle of the field allowed him to dribble beyond Mikel with ease before finding Alexander Kacaniklic down the left. The Swede fed Duff who won a corner but the subsequent set-piece was well cleared by Schurrle. As we entered the final five minutes of the half Hazard was urged to shoot from the home crowd but his effort from 25 yards trickled harmlessly wide of Stockdale’s post, although they did find the beat the Fulham keeper seven minutes into the second half. Following some intricate play inside the area, the ball eventually broke to the advancing Schurrle and then Eto’o. Stockdale kept each of their efforts out but there was nothing he could do to prevent Oscar finding the back of the net after the loose ball fell extremely kindly for him six yards from goal. The Whites sought an equaliser immediately and Kasami’s lovely curling free-kick two minutes later was met by Sidwell, but our number seven couldn’t control his header which flew wide of the post. With 64 minutes gone Jose Mourinho made the game’s first substitution as Eto’o was withdrawn for Fernando Torres, whilst Fulham followed suit with Adel Taarabt taking the place of the tireless Duff. And it wasn’t long before Jol made another change, with Buomesca Tue Na Bangna handed a debut at his former club when he replaced Kacaniklic. Chelsea were seeing a lot more of the ball as the game entered the final quarter of an hour, but they continued to frustrate their fans as they failed to turn their possession into a second goal. They did almost grab that decisive goal that their supporters so craved on 82 minutes after Taarabt gave the ball away in midfield. Chelsea countered quickly but Amorebieta was on hand to block Ramires’ shot. They came even closer two minutes later when Torres connected brilliantly with Oscar’s corner, only to be denied by a fine sprawling save from Stockdale. Fulham’s respite was short-lived though, with Mikel ramming the ball home after John Terry had nodded down the subsequent corner. Both sides then made a further change, as Kevin De Bruyne replaced Hazard, and Hugo Rodallega came on for Kasami. Richardson almost halved the deficit in the 89th minute when his cross-cum-shot caught Cech by surprise, but the giant goalkeeper still got across well to palm the ball behind to maintain his side’s clean sheet with practically the final action of the game.

18.09.13 Barcelona v Ajax

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FC Barcelona have made a great start to their European campaign.  A Messi hat trick plus a Piqué header from Neymar’s corner kick sealed a convincing win for FC Barcelona in the opening game of the group stage.   Ajax started in great style but were overwhelmed as Barça grew in strength throughout the match, led by the goals of Leo Messi and the saves of Victor Valdés.  The keeper twice prevented an Ajax equaliser and then stopped a penalty with the score at 4-0. The result puts Barça at the top of their Champions League group, tied on points with AC Milan, who beat Celtic 2-0 in the San Siro.  The next match will be in Scotland, where Barça lost 2-1 a year ago. Tonight witnessed a match between two teams with the same footballing philosophy.  Ajax were not intimidated by the imposing surroundings and applied a style of football so reminiscent of Barça: a willingness to play the ball out from defence, a desire to keep possession, and pressure high up on the opposing defence.  For Barça it was an unusual experience – few teams dare to challenge Barça with such tactics in the Camp Nou itself. Although Barça did not have things all their own way in the early minutes, the first and best chances fell to Martino’s players.  Neymar Jr tested Vermeer in the Ajax goal, but the Dutch keeper handled well.  But it was Messi who broke the deadlock in the 21st minute with a free kick to the bottom left corner to make it 1-0 for FC Barcelona.  Despite the setback, Ajax kept their composure and could have had a couple goals themselves before half time.  Valdés pulled off two great saves from Van Rhijn and Duarte. Neymar Jr almost got one himself before the break but when half time arrived the result was still very much undecided. The second half was very different.  Ajax were unable to keep the ball as Barça showed a tougher and more intense side to their game.  A textbook counterattack led by Busquets ended in Messi’s second goal of the evening.  And then just four minutes later a Piqué goal put the three points almost beyond doubt, the central defender heading in from a Neymar corner. But there was more to come.  First, Messi capitalized on the sustained Barça pressure to complete his hat trick.  Then Valdés stopped a Sigthorsson penalty kick awarded for a foul by Mascherano.  The end of a great European opener for FC Barcelona.

Un weekend in Premierleague

Quando sabato mattina la sveglia ha suonato alle 8.30 non ho pensato al fatto che fosse sabato ed era decisamente presto al essere un giorno festivo. Come ogni sabato ho fatto la mia colazione con caffelatte e biscotti del Mulino Bianco, mi sono preparato ho preso lo zaino e via. Le vie del mio quartiere alle 9.30 del mattino erano ancora tranquille, il sole era giá alto e il termometro segnava 26 gradi. Passeggio fino alla metro, destinazione Sants e poi aeroporto. Mentre ero seduto in treno mi guardavo intorno pensando a dove andasse ognuno dei miei compagni di viaggio, quello che sapevo era dove stavo andando io e mi sentivo davvero emozionato e felice. All’arrivo la routine di sempre, controllo bagaglio, frontiera, giusto il tempo per un caffé che inizia l’imbarco del mio volo British Airways con destinazione London Gatwick. Il viaggio si fa lungo, troppa la voglia di rimettere i piedi in territorio britannico, durante il volo si passa dal sole spagnolo al plumbeo cielo inglese fino a che tocchiamo terra. Ormai ho esperienza cosí che mi dirigo piú velocemente possibile all’immigration, la tempistica in questo momento ti puó far guadagnare parecchio tempo e io alle 17.30 dovevo essere seduto dentro Stamford Bridge. Passati i controlli in entrata mi reco alla stazione del Terminal South dove scopro che a causa di un incidente ci sono problemi sulla linea per Londra e tutti i tremi sono dirottati a London Bridge, questo tradotto vuol dire mezz’ora in piú per arrivare a destinazione. Ad ogni modo si parte, ho con me la mia Oyster Card con credito rimanente dalla volta precedente cosí da evitare code infinite per ricaricare il credito. Mi infilo nella metro e via. In una cittá come Londra riesco a incrociare il mio amico Emanuele in metro…andremo insieme alla partita e saró suo ospite per la notte. Poco dopo scendiamo a Fulham Broadway, sono gía le 15 (uk time) e non ho ancora mangiato cosí un hamburguer per la strada prima di entrare nel pub per un paio di pinte. Eccomi li, finalmente mi sento a casa, mi godo l’atmosfera, quell’atmosfera che solo chi ama il calcio ed é andato a vedere una partita in Inghilterra puó capire. Il tempo corre rapido e si avvicina l’ora del kick off cosí lasciamo il pub e ci rechiamo allo stadio, compro il match-programme, entriamo e abbiamo giusto il tempo dell’ultima pinta prima di salire le scale che ci portano al nostro settore. Chelsea v Fulham. Non voglio raccontare della partita, lo faró in un altro post, voglio solo parlare della splendida serata passata con gli amici “whites” al The Bricklayer’s Arms, uno dei pub dei tifosi del Fulham a Putney. Tra Ales, chiacchiere e risate. Quando ci hanno cacciato a colpi di campana, siamo andati sul ponte a prendere il bus, ricordo la serata, il rumore del Tamigi e il buio del parco…alla fine di quel parco c’é il Cottage. Riconosco che é stata una grande emozione e la voglia di tornare é giá forte…la prossima fermata sará Anfield Road per ritornare a Putney dovró aspettare dicembre.

15.09.13 Montañesa v Europa

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La Montañesa se ha colocado lider solitario de Tercera División tras vencer por la mínima al Europa, que la empataba a puntos, n un derbi barcelonés, cargado de alicientes. El homenaje de la plantilla gualdinegra a su presidente, Emilio Llamas, que recientemente perdió a su esposa, dio paso a un encuentro que rápidamente hizo vibrar a la afición de Nou Barris. El ‘pichichi’ Nils, que se encuentra en un estado de forma envidiable, adelantó a los suyos con un tempranero gol, su quinto en cinco jornadas, tras recibir un balón de Roland desde la linea de fondo. El Europa encajó bien el tanto y se envalentonó en busca del empate. A punto estuvo de lograrlo cuando Cano, tras recoger un rechace a tiro de Alegre, disparó a bocajarro frente a un Tato que puso el cuerpo para evitar un gol cantado. En la reanudación, la situación se complico para los de Manolo González con la repentina expulsión de Nils, que vio la segunda amarilla al considerar el árbitro que se dejó caer en el área buscando el penalti. Los escapulados aprovecharon la superioridad para cercar el área local con un chut con rosca de Guillem, al que Tato respondió con un paredón, y un cabezazo de Rovira que salió rozando el palo. Sascha, con otro testarazo, acarició el 2-0 para una Monta que consiguió aguantar gracias a su buena disciplina táctica. Con este resultado, los de Nou Barris suman el pleno de cinco triunfos.