Do you want the good news or the bad news?

7 Sep

Let’s start with the bad news, as you may have already heard it. Spain was destroyed 4-1 in their friendly against Argentina today. Although a friendly may not seem like a big deal, it was a match-up of two of the best national teams in the world, and an important match for both sides.

Photo: AP Photo via Daylife

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid) scored the first two goals for Argentina. Manchester City’s Carlos Tévez got the third one when goalkeeper Pepe Reina slipped. This was all in the first half. Toward the end of the second half, Fernando Llorente finally managed a goal for Spain. And then Kun Agüero (Atlético Madrid) scored a last-minute header for Argentina. Lovely. (On the bright side, it was a good day for La Liga players).

I’m not entirely sure why Pepe was the starting goalkeeper today. Don’t get me wrong. I adore Pepe almost as much as Iker. He plays for my favourite club outside of La Liga (Liverpool), he’s gorgeous, he makes people happy, and he is a damn good goalkeeper. It’s just that he’s not always as cool under pressure as Iker. (Most recently, he got an own goal in Liverpool’s season opener). I realize Casillas can’t always start, especially with two other excellent (and yummy) keepers sitting on the bench, and that today’s match was a friendly. But really, a friendly in name only (as I mentioned earlier).

ANYWAY, in happier news, the Spanish U-21 squad won their game against Poland, meaning they will be competing in the playoff round in October! Huzzah! Our Young Skywalker, Sergio Canales, scored the lone goal in the 85th minute. I think we can expect great things from the young ‘un.

Photo: Sportsfile via UEFA

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