Referees MUST be consistent. Don’t brandish a card for nothing, then wave off a sure penalty 10 minutes later! Or anything to that extent!
Real Madrid vs Manchester United
0 yellow cards to 3.
The first yellow came in the 5th minute, directed towards RVP for, well, nothing really. He jumped for the ball and his hand made contact with Sergio Ramos’ face, and Ramos proceeded to thrash around on the ground as if he had taken an ice pick to the eyeball.
Someone commented, quite rightly to Rob Smyth of The Guardian about the foul:
“If that’s a yellow then there’s going to be only 18 players left on the field by full time, Jesus it was soft.”
Right you are, mate.
However; It’s still debatable if Phil Jones’ challenge on Di Maria in the box around the 41st minute warranted a penalty. I stand by Gary Neville when he would call it “a soft penalty”. There were some pretty hefty physical challenges flying in left-and-right that weren’t called and players from both clubs had gotten away with obvious fouls/cards. Stick to your guns refs! Don’t be a card waiver to one side or in the first half then do a complete 180!
And for the love of GOD; DON’T BLOW THE GAME DEAD BEFORE A TEAM HAS A CHANCE TO TAKE THE LAST CORNER OF A GAME! EVER!
Woe is the other contributor to this fine website who is gonna have to hear me bitch about this every time the match is brought up. Which would be all of them.
I honestly don’t care who is playing, that’s just a dick move to me. Yea, if it was CSKA London (AKA Chelsea), Manchester Shitty, or LOLverpool on the ass-end of it, I might have a few laughs but, in the end I’d have the same mindset about it.
So our Barton Award goes to the ref, DR. Felix Brych.
Ronaldo didn’t seem to cause as much trouble as you would think and Benzema just couldn’t seem to get it done. Not to take away from Phil Jones and the defense, they played particularly well to keep it at 1-1 considering Real dominated possession and kept the United goal under siege for the better part of the match.
And definitely a tip-of-the-hat to David De Gea for his part in keeping it 1-1. Some fantastic shot stopping by the young lad. Peter Schmeicel said he doesn’t know how De Gea made that early save which lets you know he brought his A game.
Another tip-of-the-hat to Ronaldo who said he wouldn’t celebrate if he scored, which he did, and kept his word and did the classic “calmaté” hands gesture. That’s “chill out” in Spanish (rough translation). At any rate, that was just class from the legend himself.
Some questions though on why Chicharito wasn’t at least super-subbed in at some point. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good goal by Welbeck but I feel as though United would’ve had many more chances and possibly a goal if we had someone to get on the end of the many through-ball attempts.
Someone else E-mailed Rob Smyth of The Guardian about the striker selection:
“How on God’s green earth does Welbeck start ahead of Hernandez? I’ve seen newborn foals that are steadier on their feet…”
“Hernandez can’t play on the wing, so it wasn’t really a decision between those two. Welbeck has been picked ahead of Nani, Valencia and, in a sense, Cleverley.” Replied Smyth.
At least Welbeck scored.
RVP had himself a double miss. But I’m not really gonna got into depth. RVP has to miss once in awhile to remind himself how shitty it is.
All-in-all it was a cracker of a match. Beyond the inconsistent refereeing bullshit, it was truly a joy to watch. Can’t wait for the reverse fixture.
And to all who thought that United was going to be swept away, suck it.
That’s all for right now, I have some raging to get back to.
Have a pleasant Valentine’s Day, everyone.