25 April 2012
REAL MADRID 2 (Ronaldo 6 Pen, Ronaldo 14)
BAYERN MUNICH 1 (Robben 27 Pen)
Real Madrid got a bullshit penalty when a Di Maria shot whacked into Aja Kong's arm. Robben should have equalised from six yards following a storming run by Alaba. Ronaldo tapped in a brilliant Ozil pass to double Real Madrid's lead. At this stage it looked like game over but Bayern were creating plenty of chances. Pepe shoved Gomez to concede the penalty. Casillas got a fingertips to the ball but couldn't keep out Robben's penalty. Gomez had the only notable chance in the second half, made by Robben, but took to long to shoot and was closed down.
Xabi Alonso was trending in the UK during the first half. Seriously British football fans are such stupid bastards. La Liga flat track bullies Di Maria, Benzema and Higuain were anonymous.
Alaba - bottom right
Ronaldo - left of centre SAVED
Gomez - bottom left
Kaka' - bottom left SAVED
Kroos - bottom right SAVED
Xabi Alonso - chipped wide of Neuer
Lahm - left of centre SAVED
Ramos - Into outer space
Schweinsteiger - left of centre
Badstuber, Alaba and Gustavo are suspended for the final. Bayern will be short in defence but Tymoschuk can fill in at centre back.
Attendance : 82,619
Assists : n/a, Ozil, Gomez
24 April 2012
BARCELONA 2 (Busquets 35, Iniesta 43)
CHELSEA 2 (Ramires 46, Torres 92)
Cahill injured himself in the opening minutes. He lost his balance, almost doing the splits after being turned by Sanchez. He was replaced by Bosingwa. Cech made an excellent point blank save from Messi after he ran onto a Fabregas back heal. Drogba headed out a corner to Alvez, he slipped in Cuenca on the overlap and Busquets tapped in his centre. Terry was sent off for kneeing Sanchez in the back, an incident missed the referee. Barca countered after the awful Meireles carelessly gave away the ball to Busquets, Sanchez and Messi turned on passes to Iniesta, again free down Chelsea's right, and he stepped past Ramires before tapping into a corner. Ramires passed into Lampard who held off Mascherano before angling a fantastic pass inside Mascherano and Busquets sending Ramires clear of Puyol and Cuenca, as Valdes came off his line Ramires dinked a lob over him and into the bottom left corner. Marvellous goal. World Soccer curmudgeon Paul Gardner suggested players may resort to the 'dink' when confronted by a 'keeper after Messi's performance against Leverkusen and so he has been proved right. Barcelona created one more chance after Mikel, who was pure dogshit, gave away the ball on the edge of the box but Cech saved.
Mr. Disingenuous Fabregas dived to win a penalty under zero contact from Drogba but Messi hammered his shot against the crossbar. Shame. In the dying minutes Messi struck a post with a low drive. Torres lost possession trying to dribble out of defence, Cole charged down a Barcelona shot on goal and sent Torres clear with a longball into the Barcelona half, Torres ran wide of Valdes, jumped over as he tried to trip him and tapped the ball into an empty net. Even he couldn't miss that one!
So happy to see that Disingenuous shit Fabregas go from failing to win titles at Arsenal to failing to win titles at Barcelona. Guardiola suggested a tactical rethink but he's stepping down so it's someone else's problem. Hopefully it's an end to their tedious ball hogging football. No one likes ball hoggers. Don't like it on the park and don't like it here and before the financial dopers rebuild they should try paying some bills. And one more thing, Sid Lowe - fuck off. Not so smart with the replies to my tweets now.
Bookings rule Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires and Meireles out of the final. Ramires in particular will be a huge miss. Bayern of course have suspensions of their own but should overrun Chelsea in midfield and without Ivanovic and Terry to deal with Gomez it's going to be a long night for whoever has to mark him and deal with Bayern's left.
Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate.
Attendance : 95,845
Assists : Cuenca, Messi, Lampard, Cole
18 April 2012
CHELSEA 1 (Drogba 47)
Iniesta found Sanchez with a ball over the top of the Chelsea defence, while Cole was feebly appealing for offside Sanchez saw his lob rebound off the crossbar. Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty when Alves was yanking at Terry by his armband from a throw in. Mr. Disingenuous Fabregas missed an open goal after Iniesta forced a save. Cole made a great goal line clearance as a Fabregas shot was about to trickle over the line. Lampard tackled Messi in midfield and hit a great crossfield pass out wide to Ramires, he ran clear of Xavi and pulled back a centre for Drogba to shoot first time past Valdes. Sanchez shot embarrassingly wide from a glorious Messi lob. Puyol got on the end of a Messi free kick with a great flick header and Cech threw himself across goal to make a fantastic two handed save. He's almost back to his best. Busquets caused panic in the Chelsea penalty area with a back heal, Pedro's shot rebounded off the outside of the right post and Busquets blazed over.
Drogba used systematic diving to break up play. He was an absolute disgrace.
Attendance : 37,000
Assist : Ramirez
17 April 2012
BAYERN MUNICH 2 (Ribery 17, Gomez 90)
REAL MADRID 1 (Ozil 53)
Ramos was lucky not to concede a Barcelona penalty when he tugged at Ribery's shirt in the box. The Frenchman blasted his side into the lead minutes later when Ramos made a mess of a corner. Equally poor defending cost Bayern their lead. Bayern appeared to survive a counter attack but wasted a succession of opportunities to clear the ball and Ronaldo pulled back a centre for the architect - Ozil, 1-1. Ramos made another horrific mistake on a Bayern set piece but Gomez failed to take advantage. Bayern should have had a penalty when Gomez was chopped down by a combination of Ramos and Coentrao. He scored a deserved winner when Lahm did Coentrao down the left before pulling back a centre for Gomez to slide past Casillas.
Attendance : 66,000
Assists : Badstuber, Ronaldo, Lahm