SPANISH FOOTBALL Clubs VILLAREAL & REAL MADRID had their turn tonight in CHAMPIONS LEAGUE with their respective Group A & Group D participation. The final outcome & results were mixed as the following summary shows with results & scores.
|Kross scores for Bayern|
VILLAREAL hosted German giants BAYERN MUNICH in their Group A - "Death Group" - match & lost 0 - 2. The Germans were the better team & more tuned-in with TONI KROSS scoring a "quickie" in the 6th min to set the road & course. The Spaniards attempt to lift & showed some positive signs for the rest of the 1ºst half, but Bayern kept it all under control.
The second half was mostly all German & they managed to seal things in the 75th min with a nice goal from RAFINHA. A deserved win for Bayern & Villareal starts badly in a Group that is very complicated with Manchester City & Napoles. By the way their game finished in a 1 - 1 draw.
|Di Maria REAL MADRID|
REAL MADRID travelled to Croatia & meet DYNAMO ZAGREB to win 0 - 1 in their Group D clash. Real Madrid in an unusual RED UNIFORM played a very sticky, complicated & active Dynamo that made Real Madrid work hard & put things difficult for the Spanish Football Club. In fact, Real Madrid played the last quarter with 10 men after MARCELO was sent off ( double yellow) for "faking" a dive in the penalty area. Harsh decision as it looked that he may have been touched, but the referee considered otherwise. Ronaldo received two harsh tackles that should have seen Red Card for the Croatian defender, & post match need his ankle stitched from the cut.
Real Madrid was not sharp tonight & at times loose as they had to beat off some close moments, while the "Man of the Match" for Dynamo was their goalie KELAVA who stopped half a dozen shots with danger; on top of all this there was a post by Benzema. It wasn't until the 53rd min that DI MARIA scored the Real Madrid goal & steadied things. However, Real faced danger until the end & had to work real hard tonight for their three points. By the way, great match from Real defender PEPE & COENTRAO.
Dymano should be happy tonight with their particular performance as they gave an excellent image after being away from European Champions for the last 12 years.