Monday, 3 March 2014

Games of the Week - 1st & 2nd March

Feyenoord 1-2 Ajax Amsterdam

De Kuip, Rotterdam Att: 48000

Feyenoord opened the scoring in De Klassieker after half an hour when Martinis Indi first-time, left foot, curling cross glanced off the head of Graziano Pelle to beat Cillessen in the Ajax goal. However, Ajax's long period of pressure was rewarded just on the brink of half time as Kishna's cross gave Sigthorsson an easy tap-in from about two yards out. In an even second half it took 26 minutes for Ajax to break the deadlock, as Duarte's cross found Moisander whose shot was blocked on the line, the deflection found vicious Veltman to score the winner for Ajax in De Klassieker and keep the Amsterdam's team lead to 8 points at the top of the Eredivisie.

MoTM: Joel Veltman

Atletico Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid

Vicente Calderon, Att: 54600

Atletico were trying to do the double over Real for the first time in 60 years and to go joint-top in La Liga with Real and Barcelona. Real took the lead after only 132 seconds as Ángel Di María's cross missed everybody and found Karem Benzema's left foot at the far post to give Real the early advantage. 10 minutes in, Atletico were denied a penalty as Sergio Ramos clearly impedided Diego Costa inside the box. 17 minutes later, the home side equalised as Arda Turan was allowed to run right through the Real Madrid defence and give the ball on a platter to Koke who beat Diego Lopez in the Real Madrid goal. The home side took a deserved lead going into the break with Gabi's wonder goal from 35 yards that is a contender for goal of the season.

After the break, Atletico had an opportunity to see off the game for a overdue, historic and memorable double, but after the through ball Diego Costa, the Brazilian striker's shot did not challenge Lopez and was off target. Just after the hour mark, Bale's quick throw-in to Modric led to the Croat crossing to the goal scorer Benzema but the shot was a good yard wide. A minute later, the referee was the centre of attention again; this time for not giving a penalty for Atletico as it appeared Diego Costa was tripped by Pepe inside the box. Two minutes later, Atletico were denied yet another stone-wall penalty! This time Carvajal grabbed Costa's foot inside the box and clearly impeded him. Atletico boss Diego Simeone had to be physically restrained as he vented his anger at the referee.

It looked like Atletico would have stunned Real and win, to cement their place as real contenders for the La Liga crown; but with 8 minutes left a slip by Mario Suarez let Carvajal get his cutback into Bale who laid it off for Ronaldo who slotted home 15 yards. The result means that Real Madrid (64) are leading Barcelona by 1 point who are leading Atletico by 3 points. However, Barcelona still have to play both Madrid sides before the end of the season.

MoTM: Diego Costa

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