La Lucha Por La Orejona Continua!
Los Merengues hosted a very dynamic PSG side today, and the always majestic Santiago Bernabeu. As anticipated, the match did not disappoint as the french side played even better away, than they did at their actual home, during the first meeting between the two sides.
Real Madrid Los Angeles rocked DTLA, as over 50 Madridistas gathered to watch our Blancos take one more victory to the bank, as we defeated the french team 1-0. The win gave Madrid 10 points from four matches in Group A, enough for our Merengue side to clinch a spot in the next round with two games left.
As usual, a HUGE thanks to all in attendance, without you, this would not be fun! thank you for your unconditional support!!!! Hala Madrid!
A huge shout out to the winner of our halftime raffle (two gift certificates from Tom’s Urban) OPM Romita 🙂
We also want to welcome all of today’s new OPM’s for joining the best soccer supporters group in the nation!
As far as the match, well, high and lows would be an understatement, Marcelo left the game early with muscular discomfort, and he is listed as day to day till further notice by the team’s medical staff. His replacement, Nacho, played very well, and eventually scored the team’s only goal today.
The first half left us with a PSG side that never left off the accelerator, they attacked at will, and luckily for us, they couldn’t find the back of the net. One of our young stars, Isco Alarcón suffered a scary laceration to his head, and he collided with a PSG player while contesting a header during a play. He was a bloody mess, but the team’s staff was able to patch him up, and he rejoined his peers to finish the match, and he was able to make some very good plays.
Our offense never kicked off, Cristiano Ronaldo was absent, something that has become a habit as of late during big matches. The Portuguese has not been able to find the back of the net against a top quality team in some time.
As I stated above, PSG created most of the dangerous scoring opportunities from the start. Adrien Rabiot hit the post in the 37th and Edinson Cavani had a shot cleared at the goal line in first-half injury time. el Fideo, Angel Di Maria, returned to the Bernabeu to face his former club, struck the post with a low corner kick shot that nearly surprised Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the 78th and hit the crossbar with a free kick in the 89th. Thank God we have Navas, whom coincidentally, broke a record for most minutes without receiving a goal. Congrats to el Tico Keylor Navas.
Real Madrid had important players returning from injury, including Ramos. Colombian play maker James Rodriguez whom never came off the bench today, but Benitez still couldn’t count on strikers Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, whom were dearly missed, as Cristiano was not able to come through with goals, or even a clear opportunity. His lone chance was a 26th-minute free kick that was easily saved by Trapp, nothing new, as the current world’s best player has not scored on a free kick in ages! chances are I’ll turn 40 before he does!
On that note, signing off for today, sincerely yours,
Jesus “el Sheriff” Peralta