|Napoles scores from penalty|
VILLAREAL travelled to Italy to face NAPOLES in their Group A ( "Group of Death") match & lost 2 - 0. Villareal knew beforehand that a victory here was vital for their aspirations & may have suffered from the tension & the nerves. The Italians did the damage, & the job, in the first half with goals from HEMSIK in the 13th min & CAVANI in the 16th min via a penalty.
Villareal pulled from pride & managed to play better in the 2º half & claimed a penalty on Nilmar in the 82nd min which was not called. However, the Italians were too Italian & locked the match to their advantage & assured the three points
All uphill for Villareal from now on.
|Kaka scores for Real Madrid|
REAL MADRID defeated 3 - 0 AJAX OF AMSTERDAM with deadly counter-attacking play. The news from this match was the big improvement of Brazilian midfielder KAKA who put in his best performance for many months at Real Madrid. The other headline was VARANE who played from the start (ahead of Albiol) & was outstanding, & Turkish new signing ALTINTOP got a run at the end after months injured from a back operation.
AJAX played their best Football the first 25 minutes forcing Real Madrid goalie Casillas to pull two great saves to avoid his team getting behind. But the Dutch slowing lost steam & in a deadly counter-attack on speed & one touch combination Football CRISTIANO RONALDO finally riffled the first in the 25th min. Then just before the end of the first half a combination play with CR7 set up KAKA & allowed the latter to place the ball in the 41st min for the second goal. The Brazilian was ecstatic as he began to once again feel the "flow" & the importance of being a Top Football player. BENZEMA scored the third in the 48th min & it was precisely thanks to a Kaka set-up. From here the match lost intensity as changes began from both sides. Benzema went off with a pull groin muscle complaint that will have to see what are the results. Ajax admirably did not put the head down & managed to force Casillas to make another top save mid way & kept battling .
As mentioned above, Real Madrid Turkish signing ALTINTOP came on for the last 15 minutes to his & the crowds delight as he begins his full recovery & aim to get back at playing Football
Tomorrow more Spanish Football Clubs in Champions League action:
FC Barcelona (Bate) & Valencia CF (Chelsea FC)