Real Madrid’s remontada campaign fell short of one goal as the men in white lost 4-3 on aggregate in their semifinal match against Borussia Dortmund (hey, I like this team—I’d prefer them to win the Champions League versus whichever FCB team they’ll face in the final!). The vuelta of the semifinals saw a hungry Madrid team, attacking relentlessly in the first and last 15 minutes of the match… which may have well been the reason why they fell short.
Moreover, props to Jurgen Klopp’s men for effectively stifling Xabi Alonso—now you know who is key to Real Madrid’s victories apart from Cristiano Ronaldo. Apart from these two, Mesut Ozil was also largely ineffective. That said, you’ve got the likes of Luka Modric, Michael Essien, and Sergio Ramos stepping up.
Poor Sergio was inconsolable after. All I can say is, one year after being the butt of jokes for that missed penalty that saw Madrid bow out to Bayern Munich, he has been the hero of sorts, scoring a late second goal for Madrid. Throw at him all the yellow and red cards, but I’m damn proud that he’s stepped up in the captain’s role.
It’s been quite an emotional rollercoaster ride, and La Decima will have to wait for another year. In the meantime, here’s to the Copa del Rey final.