Jan 26, 2012

Gran Derbi 2

In the second match played at Camp Nou. Real and Barcelona finished with a 2:2 draw. Because FC Barcelona ended the first match with the score of 2:1 it will be them who will face the winner of a pair of Levante - Valencia in semi final.

It was definitely a good match, but surprisingly the man of the match was not in any of these two clubs. It was surely the referee. I don't think I've seen worse job since like 2 years. After the first match winning 2-1 in Madrid, Barcelona was in a comfortable position. However, since the beginning of the game Real Madrid was much more dangerous than the hosts. The first situation for Blancos was already at 10 seconds after a misunderstanding of Alves and Pique. In the 43rd minute, Messi showed his skills and after dribbling through 3 defenders performed a great pass to Pedro, who scored a goal. 2 minutes later it was Dani Alves who scored a beatiful goal which who dedicated later to his father. 

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The second half started calmer than the first one. In the 55th minute there was a controversial situation in the penalty area of ​​Barcelona, ​​when the main referee did not consider the goal scored by Ramos. Arbiter discovered in this situation foul on Alves. Strongly debatable decision. 68th minute and Ronaldo runs past Pinto and scores a goal on 2:1. Just four minutes later Benzema tricked Puyol and his goal led to a draw 2:2. At this point, Real lacked only one goal for a promotion. Finally in 87th minute Ramos has earned the red card that he should've got in the first half. Referee didn't send off Diarra even after a irregular foul on L. Messi, and established two offsides that Barcelona could take advantage of and score. Well, it was a good match but the game could be different after the right decisions of main referee. 

Have you watched the match?