|Iker Casillas with the Spanish Cup 2011|
It was spectacular, intense, a war-zone in the midfield, posts, amazing saves & a physical effort from both teams that was superhuman. Marvellous Spanish Cup Final
|Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winner of the|
Spanish Cup Final 2011
It was a midfield mistake that allowed Real Madrid to find Di Maria who crossed & found a "floating" CRISTIANO RONALDO in the 103rd min into extra-time to find the back of the net with his header, after Barça goalie Pinto had stopped a couple beforehand in miraculous fashion.
|Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with team-mates|
From the Real Madrid goal, the whole team worked together to defend solidly the rest of the remaining period as FC Barcelona went all out to attempt to equalize; Pique was even placed in the forward line. Real Madrid held out, won the Spanish Cup Final & their arch rival after suffering some heavy defeats in their past encounters.
|It was tough in the midfield|
The game started explosive with intense plays & head to head clashes in all field positions. Real Madrid used its strategy of defending to destroy the Barça play & counter-attacked when possible. Lots of the players from both teams share a place in the Spanish National Team, but tonight each with his own & experienced some very harsh moments in a brutally hard fought out match. Real Madrid had three to four clear chances - Pepe hit the post & Cristiano had shots- that they missed & they gave the impression that they would pay for these misses later on.
|Messi tried all night|
The second half was all the opposite, with Barça taking full control over a tired & "disorganized" Real Madrid. Barça began to touch the ball, were very dangerous & as their rivals in the first half, had four to five chances that they missed. Having said this Real Madrid goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS was superb & saved two vital opportunities that had "goal" written before the execution.
|Aerial work Barça - Real Madrid|
The game went into extra-time with Real Madrid having Adebayor fresh on the field & the reference point in the foward line, but it was Ronaldo who scored the goal & shook off his shoulder the "chip" of not being a "decisive player" in the big moments & against Barcelona. The rest of the period was a brilliant exhibition of team play, coordination & physical endurance that allowed Real Madrid to withstand the Barça onslaught.
To conclude, allow me to comment that FC BARCELONA was at their best tonight & should be fully congratulated, they were simply brilliant. From a Real Madrid perspective Pepe was huge along with Khedira, Carvalho was immense, Ramos intense, Iker Casillas a saviour, Di Maria a pure engine room ( red card in the 120th min) & Cristiano Ronaldo the goalscorer.
Now for the Champions League semi-finals about to dawn on us all again with two more Real Madrid - FC Barcelona clashes the will take all spectators to the highest level of World Football. Can´t wait for more.