in case you missed it – Scotland vs. Spain
In case you missed it – Scotland vs. Spain [2010-10-12].
As good Spaniards, they won for Spain on its national day, Oct. 12.
One. How I love this team.
Double the pleasure, double the fun!
Two. Some game notes: Pepe, Borja Valero and Aritz Aduriz were the players left off the final game list. Borja – pobrecito – did not get to debut. The players were black armbands in memory of Agustín Domínguez, the former RFEF secretary general from 1978 to 1989 who had passed away on Saturday. The majority of the players didn’t end the game with the tape still on their sleeves. Iker started at “his” goal. And Sergio Busquets is right – he doesn’t do many exciting things (read: “in case you missed it” worthy moments) during the game, but he does everything else. Some negatives: David Villa ended the game with pain in his left knee, while Sergio Ramos’s right knee was bothering him. And the Scottish national team coach, Craig Levein, said about his rival, “we lost against the best team that has ever played at Hampden Park.”
Three. The pregame moments. As you know, these are some of my favorite moments.
How adorable is Sergio with the little kid accompanying Iker? I love the way the kid cranes his neck around to stare up at Sergio! Lucky kid, getting to hold Iker’s hand and have Sergio tap his forehead!
Meanwhile, Geri Piqué was busy saying hi and joking around with former Manchester United teammate Darren Fletcher, the Scottish captain. He would also hug another former Manchester United teammate, Phil Bardsley, during the receiving line.
As he walked onto the pitch, Iker had his hands full, with a kid holding onto each hand, and his gloves and the little banner for Scotland under his arm. Only the captains in this game got two kids; all the rest had just one. And speaking of kids, here’s a shot of the players whose kids were almost as tall as they were – los bajitos – Cazorla, Silva, Iniesta and Villa.
Iniesta and Villa are about the same height, but the gelled-up hair gives David an extra inch or two. And Xabi, ever the good spokesmodel, showed up clean-shaven.
A shot of Iker, just because. And how come the escudo on the jackets don’t have a star on top? Maybe the national team is being thrifty and waiting until these go out of style to get new ones. Considering the crisis that Spain is in, not a bad idea!
There are no postgame shirtless shots because Telecinco decided to show highlights during that time when the players would have been taking off their shirts. Yet another reason why Telecinco sucks.
Four. Geri is athletic, and Joan winks. The latter is for all the readers who’ve confessed to having a crush on “Zidane” this past week.
Five. Andrés and Sergio had different ways of protesting – Iniesta tries to look all innocent, and Sergio uses his hands for emphasis while yelling. Neither worked.
Six. The bench itself made the coaching staff and the reserves look more like they were at the opera than a football game. I wonder if Javi, Vicente and Toni thought back to eight and a half years ago while sitting there?
Seven. The goals.
With his penalty, David Villa tied Raúl as Spain’s all-time top goalscorer. They both have 44 goals.
After the game, Villa said, “I knew from some time ago that this goal would come if I didn’t injure myself or anything like that. I want to score many more because I’m going to be part of this team for many more years.”
Iniesta scored the second goal of the night, and had an adorable moment nuzzling with Santi Cazorla during the celebration.
And Fernando Llorente was the big hero, scoring the winning goal. Of the wiping-the-forehead celebration, he said, “it was dedicated to some of the guys on the bench, but it wasn’t anything in particular. It was a thing we have between us.”
Check out those biceps as he does that!!! ¡Impresionante!
And of course, Geri Piqué also scored a goal. Unfortunately, it was for Scotland. He better take Fernando Llorente to dinner for saving his ass.
Eight. Speaking of asses, Iker has a particularly delicious one. Look at the shape of it!
Nine. Sergio seemed to be quite concerned about his hair. During the pregame, he had it tucked into his jacket. And as the team was waiting to return to the field after the half, he kept touching it.
Ten. A couple more cute moments – David Villa follows the trajectory of the ball with his eyes, and Iker says, “none of that here!”
Eleven. Seriously international football players, what do you have against Xabi Alonso? A vicious kick reminiscent of De Jong to Xabi’s thigh left him face down on the ground.
Xabi played in his 80th game, and is now currently ninth on the all-time games played list, just one game behind Fernando Torres and José Antonio Camacho, who are tied for seventh.
Twelve. Even when these players aren’t doing anything special, they still manage to look adorable. How do they do it?
Thirteen. The twitter take on the game. It’s clear who’s the king of the La Roja twitter world.
– Sergio: good night friends.. here we are at the airport and we’ll soon leave for Madrid.. 3 more points and another good game from La Roja. A big hug.
– Álvaro: here, the legend of Iker started. Here, Raúl scored. Here, Zidane scored that fantastic goal. And here, Floris scored today! Crack!
– Andrés: happy for the win and for being able to help with the goal. This result puts us in a very good position. Starting tomorrow, we’ll prepare for Saturday’s game.
Fourteen. Looking forward: Spain won’t be playing another qualifier until next year, when they take on the Czech Republic at home on March 25 – more than five months away! But don’t worry, they’ll be back together in one month’s time, when Spain plays Portugal in a friendly in Lisbon on Nov. 17.
Posted on October 13, 2010, in games and tagged busquets, capdevila, cazorla, del bosque, iker, in case you missed it, iniesta, llorente, piqué, sergio, silva, villa, xabi. Bookmark the permalink. 56 Comments.