two not very exciting 1-1 results
Well, that wasn’t the most exciting game, was it? In fact, I think the best part was before the game, when Iker was parading the trophy around. After that, it all just went downhill. Well, until the after the game, when the shirts started coming off. But hey, at least we took home a trophy right? The Mexicans let us have the Bicentennial Cup even though the game ended in a tie!
Quick recap: David Silva scored a goal in the extra time of the second half to save Spain and end the game at 1-1. By scoring, he helped to preserve his former club teammate Carlos Marchena’s (I still think of both of them as che though) unbeaten streak, now at 56 games. The goal came off a Xavi assist, and today all the papers are like, Xavi’s so great he doesn’t even need to train to play well!
Bruno Soriano got his La Roja debut in this game, becoming the 16th player to debut at the hands of Vicente del Bosque (the others are: Iraola, Capel, Bojan, Fernando Llorente, Piqué, Mata, Busquets, Pablo Hernández, Diego López, Monreal, Negredo, Jesús Navas, Javi Martínez, Pedro and Víctor Valdés).
The declarations after the game were cute. Vicente del Bosque said after the game that he would give a “10” to all of his players for their effort. And Fernando Llorente described the reunion of the team as “marvelous… it was very nice, we were able to think back about what we went through and being with them is sensational.” And Xabi said, “it was like we had never separated.” (He also looks very good in green!)
I missed them all so much over last month, and it was great seeing them back together again. Next national team get-together: beginning of September.
I’ll post more from the game if I have time… but if you didn’t watch it, you didn’t miss out on anything.
Meanwhile, the U-21 team wasn’t having much luck either – their game also ended in a 1-1 tie, while group leaders and direct rivals the Netherlands won their game, complicating our life. So now we have to win our remaining two games (against the Netherlands and Poland) and hope others mess up to qualify for the 2011 Euro and the 2012 Olympic Games.