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NFT: El Clasico...2-2....

bw in dc : 5/6/2018 10:51 pm
This game never disappoints. Today was no exceptions. Barca keeps their unbeaten streak alive by drawing 2-2 with Real.

But Barca dodged a bullet being down a man, when Roberto got tossed, and somehow averted a penalty when Abba clearly took down Marcelo. And, the Messi goal should never have occurred because Suárez clearly fouled Veranes in that build up.

Really too bad Renaldo hurt his ankle and Roberto got the red card. Took a little away from the game...

Godspeed to the great Iniesta. What a virtuoso of the game.


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ColHowPepper : 5/7/2018 8:02 am : link
Ever since Xavi, with whom he worked hand in glove in MF to create for their gifted forwards, left the Club, Iniesta has steadily expanded his role, game, and profile, more indispensable than ever.

Was thinking was subbed in part to avert aggravating an injury in advance of Kiev Finals?

(My doh, a couple of weeks ago calling Copa del Rey El C!)
Iniesta will be missed on the Spanish Squad  
Sec 103 : 5/7/2018 8:51 am : link
this summer
Iniesta will be with Spain  
Go Terps : 5/7/2018 10:56 am : link
He's not done yet.
It was mentioned during the broadcast yesterday and bears repeating  
Go Terps : 5/7/2018 1:01 pm : link
The domestic league, not the Champions League, is the most important title that these teams compete for. I think it was Big Rick (a Real Madrid supporter) who said the Champions League is bigger, but even Zidane said he'd rather win the league than the Champions League.
RE: It was mentioned during the broadcast yesterday and bears repeating  
bw in dc : 5/7/2018 3:07 pm : link
In comment 13956944 Go Terps said:
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The domestic league, not the Champions League, is the most important title that these teams compete for. I think it was Big Rick (a Real Madrid supporter) who said the Champions League is bigger, but even Zidane said he'd rather win the league than the Champions League.


Well, he may need to win the Champions League to keep his job...
The Messi goal, despite if you think there was a foul,  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 5/7/2018 10:18 pm : link
crystallized his greatness. All he needed was a sliver - and he didn't even look at the goal and Bang! Done. Amazing.
RE: The Messi goal, despite if you think there was a foul,  
bw in dc : 5/7/2018 10:29 pm : link
In comment 13957506 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:
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crystallized his greatness. All he needed was a sliver - and he didn't even look at the goal and Bang! Done. Amazing.


He's just a soccer playing savant. A total genius.

Watching him play the game is one of the great pleasures as a sports fan.
RE: RE: The Messi goal, despite if you think there was a foul,  
Del Shofner : 5/7/2018 10:40 pm : link
In comment 13957518 bw in dc said:
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In comment 13957506 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:


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crystallized his greatness. All he needed was a sliver - and he didn't even look at the goal and Bang! Done. Amazing.



He's just a soccer playing savant. A total genius.

Watching him play the game is one of the great pleasures as a sports fan.


I had the pleasure of seeing Messi in person at Sevilla. The home team went up 1-0 but in the second half Messi took over and it ended 3-1 Barca as I recall. The whole second half revolved around Messi. Ironically, the only other player I've seen live who had the game revolve around him like that was Zidane, who I saw in Barcelona at Espanyol's ground and - same deal. The home team was up 1-0 or 2-1 at the half and then Madrid just put them away, I think it ended 4-2. The game revolved around Zidane in a different way than it does with Messi, but still great to watch in person when you can see the whole field.

Both amazing players.
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bw in dc : 5/7/2018 10:52 pm : link
In comment 13957523 Del Shofner said:
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I had the pleasure of seeing Messi in person at Sevilla. The home team went up 1-0 but in the second half Messi took over and it ended 3-1 Barca as I recall. The whole second half revolved around Messi. Ironically, the only other player I've seen live who had the game revolve around him like that was Zidane, who I saw in Barcelona at Espanyol's ground and - same deal. The home team was up 1-0 or 2-1 at the half and then Madrid just put them away, I think it ended 4-2. The game revolved around Zidane in a different way than it does with Messi, but still great to watch in person when you can see the whole field.

Both amazing players.


That's awesome.

Watching Xavi and Iniesta played midfield has been pretty special as well.

Going to watch a Barca game and a Liverpool game at Anfield are on my bucket list of sports events to attend.

RE: RE: RE: The Messi goal, despite if you think there was a foul,  
Bobby Humphrey's Earpad : 5/8/2018 12:47 pm : link
In comment 13957523 Del Shofner said:
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In comment 13957518 bw in dc said:


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In comment 13957506 Bobby Humphrey's Earpad said:


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crystallized his greatness. All he needed was a sliver - and he didn't even look at the goal and Bang! Done. Amazing.



He's just a soccer playing savant. A total genius.

Watching him play the game is one of the great pleasures as a sports fan.



I had the pleasure of seeing Messi in person at Sevilla. The home team went up 1-0 but in the second half Messi took over and it ended 3-1 Barca as I recall. The whole second half revolved around Messi. Ironically, the only other player I've seen live who had the game revolve around him like that was Zidane, who I saw in Barcelona at Espanyol's ground and - same deal. The home team was up 1-0 or 2-1 at the half and then Madrid just put them away, I think it ended 4-2. The game revolved around Zidane in a different way than it does with Messi, but still great to watch in person when you can see the whole field.

Both amazing players.


Pavel Nedved was very similar in terms of complete vision and control of the game.
Xavi  
Go Terps : 5/8/2018 12:53 pm : link
To me, Xavi is the most influential/important player of the last decade. The best club team and the best national team of this era both had him in common as the guy running the show. And once he reached the end, both Barcelona and Spain had to fundamentally change their approach after repeated failed attempts to replace his role. An absolute genius.
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