Espanyol shows how it’s done
More heartwarming stuff wrapped up in today’s advent surprise.
They’ve been planning for this reception since July 11, 2010, and on Saturday, with the visit of Barcelona to the Cornellà-El Prat, they finally got their opportunity. Andrés Iniesta was given a rousing cheer by Espanyol’s fans as he was introduced before the game, in response to his heartfelt gesture towards Dani Jarque in the World Cup final, when he paid tribute to his friend after scoring the game winning goal by removing his jersey to reveal a shirt underneath with the words “Dani Jarque, always with us” on it. (This shirt was subsequently given to Espanyol for their Dani Jarque mural.) When the announcer read off the names of Barcelona’s startling line-up, he paused after Iniesta, and the crowd clapped and chanted his name. Meanwhile, the rest of his teammates and his coach received the usual whistles and boos.
Andresito was given another ovation when he was subbed out late in the game in the 86th minute, with both Espanyol and Barcelona’s players joining in this time. After the game, he said, “people are above all rivalries.” And on Facebook, he said “I have no words to describe what I experienced as I left the field, simply thank you!”
And another video here.