Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Birthdays are better with soccer

I celebrated my BIRTHDAY today with a day off work -- I leave for SAN FRANCISCO early tomorrow morning -- and some CHAMPIONS LEAGUE soccer on television.
BARCELONA drew, 1-1, with REAL MADRID to advance to the final, 3-1 on aggregate.
The first leg in this semifinal, played in Madrid, was notable for diving, faked injuries, a scuffle at halftime and two Lionel Messi goals for Barcelona.
Today's second leg had a little less of the unsavory aspects of the first leg, but more rain.
The soggy pitch might have slowed both teams a touch.
It was the 54th minute when Barcelona opened the scoring. Andres Iniesta threaded a beautiful pass to Pedro, who scored.
Los Merengues countered with a Marcelo goal in the 64th minute, but it was not enough to overcome the advantage L'equip Blaugrana had amassed in the first leg.
I'll be either traveling or away from a television during tomorrow's other semifinal.
MANCHESTER UNITED seem poised to join Barça in the final. United hold a 2-0 advantage over SCHALKE heading into the second leg at Old Trafford.

Birthdays, I think, are just better with soccer on television.


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