Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Midweek round up

This game was just as eventful as the first leg tie between the two teams. It's going to be a short match report cos I kinda forgot to do it while watching, so now I can't remember much of what happened. Valencia scored first, some brilliant play from Vicente on the left wing leading to a penalty, which he cooly slotted away. Their lead lasted only about 2 minutes though, the next attack Racing had, they drew level. Vicente was once again the best player out there. Like that's a surprise, he has a lot to redeem and he certainly went about getting back into my good books the right way. The referee (aside from giving the PK for Valencia) was a pile of wank. Not much change there then...must be a referee thing. They clearly aren't capable of making the right decisions.

Villa came on after 60 minutes, then Fernandes and Joaquin came on after 67 minutes, but still Valencia could not find a way through. Their 'defence' was truly awful, but somehow, they were holding on and not letting any more goals in. By some miracle, they survived a few scares. Basically, the final score after 90 minutes of play was 1-1, which meant that there would be extra time in an attempt to decide the tie. If this wasn't successful, penalties beckoned. It's my least favourite part of football. Penalties have nothing to do with talent and everything to do with luck, it's a harsh and unfair way to decide a game.

Vicente played the entire 90 mins and the whole of the extra time period, which is probably the longest he's played in a while. He gave EVERYTHING and more for the team, getting himself beaten black and blue every time Valencia attacked. He got the second goal for Valencia (and took his shirt off. The ref booked him. I say it was because he had base layers on underneath. We want skin Vic!) and then Joaquin got the 3rd. It finished 3-1 to Valencia and they will meet Sevilla in the next round. Vicente can consider himself well and truly redeemed. He was my choice for man of the match, and any sane person who watched the game would say the same. ♥


Venice said...

I'm so so happy for you Gina, to see your man running the show like that, it must be the best feeling in the world...