Kicking off our ‘One From The Vault’ feature, we have a Copa del Rey brain-tickler to determine.
Sevilla 0 – 1 Real Madrid on 26th January 2011 saw an incident which required further clarification.
On the stroke of half-time, Frederic Kanoute found a yard to play a perfectly-timed pass to send Luis Fabiano clear. He danced around Iker Casillas, dribbles his effort towards the empty net, but Raul Albiol lumbered wildly back onto the line to get a touch to the ball. The central defender cannoned into the onion bag, and as the ball rolled agonisingly towards the line, he managed to poke out a flailing leg to clip it away. Sevilla screamed for a goal, but the assistant referee said no. Did the official have his spectacles misted in La Bombonera? Are decisions like this much harder because of the away goal it gave? Is Raul Albiol seriously a player of Real Madrid’s quality? Normally one for ‘El Comité Dudoso de las Metas’, we are more than happy to oblige our Spanish counterparts. Remember, this Committee’s decision is final…
Matt Tickner Raul Albiol’s versatility is his main strength. He can easily slot in to the left-hand side, the middle or even the right – sometimes he even gets off the bench. There is no doubt he did a good job here with his attempt to clear the ball going over the line – kudos for the athletic endeavour. It may have been handball on the way, it may not have been. It may also have been harsh on Sevilla, especially given that the away goal made it very difficult for them at the Santiago Bernabeu. Let us not forget, Real Madrid went on to win their first Copa del Rey in 21 years and who would have begrudged them that in all honesty? But then let’s face it, the final wasn’t exactly the El Clasico people have come to want/expect/avoid. Also, sentiment has no place in our decision making, only bitter and twisted preferential treatment. I’ve always liked Luis Fabiano and I deplored the Copa del Rey final. I would rather have avoided the attritional Barcelona v Real Madrid hyperbole that was to come later in the season. Verdict: Goal
(El) Matt Little Ay ay ay! Luis Fabiano es muy rapido no? Pero Raul Albiol en el lugar y en el momento adecuados. En mi opinion el futbol es despues de la linea de gol. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllll! Pero futbol d’Espanol es muy mierda. Verdict: Gol
(The) James Daniel Good heavens! Luis Fabiano is very fast no? But Raul Albiol in the place and the moment suitable. In my opinion soccer is after the line of goal. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllll! But soccer of Spanish is very excrement. Verdict: Goal
Matt McMahon There are certain things in football that go unnoticed and unappreciated by the average fan who may decide to focus on the perhaps more obvious brilliance in the game; a 30 yard volley, a mazy dribble or a pinpoint 60-yard pass. Yet it’s the ugly, horrible stuff that is occasionally witnessed by fans that reassures them not all of the players out there are money grabbing bastards who don’t care about the team. Playing through the pain barrier, a last ditch tackle and, of course, a clearance off the line, all help to show that some players do have a heart and care as much as you do about the team. Having been in the unfortunate position to spend my most impressionable years watching Joe Royle’s “Dogs of War” kick people and run around a lot, I appreciate and encourage these ugly qualities and therefore applaud Raul Albiol for nearly doing a Phil Babb. The Babb incident is one no man can watch without wincing and one which, once you have seen that terrifyingly sudden impact, will stay with you every time you see a player slide to clear one off the line. The YouTube clip flashing momentarily through Albiol’s head did not discourage him from making the block. The fear of being a comedy blooper-reel staple, as he almost gets his boots stuck in the net must also be at the back of his mind. This flirtation with disaster is a good quality in my eyes, heart-on-the-sleeve stuff, and I think if you look really hard from another angle, and squint with your head tilted to the side slightly (no the other side), you can see he gets there just in time with an improvised two foot karate kick. It’s miserable people like me who, instead of glorifying a wonder goal as the defining moment of the season, pinpoint the more desperate performances and unsung heroes as the reason for success. This block allowed Real Madrid to progress, reach the final and beat Barcelona, ending Real’s trophy-less run, perhaps keeping Jose in a the job for another season. Verdict: No goal
Chris Harvey I don’t actually know the outcome of this incident although I guess the clue’s in the name of the video. Anyway, a bit of the ball might be touching the line, can’t really tell for sure. Also, not only has the defender made a complete hash of his original attempt to block the ball, he’s then performed a shocking two footed, studs up challenge on the ball that deserves to be punished. Verdict: Goal
The Dubious Goals Committee Decision: Goal awarded to Luis Fabiano / Our Spanish is shit / People aren’t interested in El Clasico anymore / Raul Albiol really does deserve some kudos here / You forget just how fast poor Phil Babb hits that post
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