Real Madrid 2 – 2 Espanyol
Posted by hiphopmama on October 8, 2008
It’s been a mildly disappointing start to the season for Los Merengues, at least from where I sit. Sure, they’re fifth in the table and trailing the leaders by just three points, but the five points lost were all within grasp. The roster has been thinner than expected thanks to injuries – and now with a new knock to Arjen Robben – so maybe this bodes well for the rest of the season when they can get back to full strength, but for now things look sort of bleh. Then again, the soccer season is as long as any other out there, with the exception of the tantric routine that the MLB puts on, so no red flags just yet. They could still do to shore up the defense, though.
As for this game, it was a strange match of defensive blunders and agonizing misses, and in the end the draw was probably deserved. Espanyol struck first when Raul Tamudo was brought down in the box by the ever dependable (please note the sarcasm here) Gabriel Heinze, whose foul was an attempt to make up for some poor marking. Tamudo put it away cleverly and Espanyol were up 0-1. Raul wasted no time in bring Real back, though, and a couple minutes later he sent a brilliant header into the back of the net off a cross from Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Not much later and Espanyol had regained the lead when Roman Martinez drilled a low ball into the area and Luis Garcia slid it home. Real finished off the goal scoring at the end of the first half after another Sergio Ramos cross and some back-and-forth between the captain and Van der Vaart. This was another good strike by Raul, and it was the end of the scoring for the night. The second half saw a couple nice saves by Kameni to keep the game on level terms, and Wesley Sneijder made his first appearance since the preseason knee injury that has kept him out of action for weeks. I suppose that was at least a good sign for Madrid.
Here are the goals and highlights: