Match Comments Post – Sevilla vs. Barca

Thank the stars that they aren’t playing in Barcelona tonight because it’s been raining camels and donkeys all day.  Most unlike Barcelona weather, but there you go.

Barcelona line-up:  A fairly predictable Valdés, Alves, Mascherano, Song, Alba, Busquets, Cesc, Xavi, Alexis, Messi i Pedro.

Warming the bench: Pinto, Bartra, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Tello and Villa.

Sevilla has lined up:  Palop, Cicinho, Botía, Spahic, Navarro, Medel, Maduro, Trochowski, Rakitić, Navas & Negredo.

Streams can be found here, here and here.

Let us pray that our Messi-ah is better than their Jesús.

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  1. Nav
    September 29, 2012

    Any reason why we don’t have live blogs anymore?

    • elacule
      September 29, 2012

      didn’t Calvin get a great appointment, but isn’t available anymore?
      i sorta remember that being the case.

      • nzm
        September 29, 2012

        Yup, Calvin is in Malawi until mid-November. He was in the middle of sorting out a decent live blog alternative as CoveritLive went to a pay model.

        Unfortunately no one else has learned the ropes of the new system, so it may be that we continue with the commenting until Calvin’s return – unless someone learns between then and now! 😀

    • September 29, 2012

      Don’t know. Calvin who usually runs the liveblog is away until November. Maybe that’s why.

  2. elacule
    September 29, 2012

    jordi alba ~ barça’s new false 9

    just a playful way of saying i hope he scores

    if anyone has a link with Ray and Phil commenting, i’d surely appreciate that being shared.

    força barça ~

  3. September 29, 2012

    Two hyper wingbacks and two converted CBs. I’m not nervous at all 😀

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      Against Rakitic, Trochowski, Negredo and Navas – no worries!!

    • genesfut
      September 29, 2012

      Don’t see any reason to worry. I mean, what’s a mid week little cl action and Classico around the bend on our minds to spice it all up?

  4. Clouseau
    September 29, 2012

    Sevilla’s right side looks dangerous Cicinho and Navas managed pretty fast a deadly combination. Would prefer Pedro for LW at first and after a lead Alexis to switch.

    Enjoy the game. Will be a cracker.

    Visca Barça!

  5. Nav
    September 29, 2012

    The commentators on Al Jazera are being t**ts

  6. K_legit in Oz
    September 29, 2012

    wow, the Pizjuán is buzzing!

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      Amazing atmosphere. Sevilla and Betis have the best singing crowds.

  7. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Phil saying that Villa hasn’t started since he and Messi argued.

    Ummm…it was only last week, Phil!

      • elacule
        September 29, 2012

        i liked the way RayRay basically ignored him until Phil pressed it, and then just said, “no.” (in response to Phil asking if there was trouble in paradise)

        • September 29, 2012

          RayRay is a fan of this blog 😀

          I think he (or someone with his username) commented here a couple times. Just speculating though.

          • Messiah10
            September 29, 2012

            RayRay gave a shout out to this blog last season!

  8. September 29, 2012

    My important question answered: Tito is wearing a purple sweater covered a black shirt (from my hazy stream). He looks like a grandpa with less grey hair.

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      They’re playing a physical game because this ref is known for allowing physical play.

  9. Clouseau
    September 29, 2012

    It’s like playing with no Referee everything is allowed^^

  10. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Why the hell was Alves not marking him?

  11. Judas Pissed
    September 29, 2012

    what an absolute bollox goal to concede – but I suppose thats what happens when your back 4 is 2 midfielders, 1 right winger & 1 left back…

  12. Clouseau
    September 29, 2012

    Dani Alves lapsus again. Had to be punished.

  13. September 29, 2012

    I like to note that at Min 31. Messi pressured the midfield, took the ball away from him.

  14. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Well we can say song can’t play CB, he was floating in the midfield trying to break up play way away from goal and we got punished.

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      As per the tactic that was also played in the Granada match, but when Alves is trotting back in the middle of the pitch and not even looking out to his own wing, it’s hardly Song’s fault.

      • replayed
        September 29, 2012

        Agreed. I think Song has played a very good first half. As has Alba. I can’t say the same about Alves.

        Up front, Alexis is completely MIA.

        • yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
          September 29, 2012

          Alves wasn’t great, he was caught between 2 minds trying to cover CB and RB but it was all’s song adventure that backfired

        • swamidigital
          September 29, 2012

          He’s certainly not mia. He has been tracking back a good bit and taking on his man at times. He’s not been sucessful, other than a few free kicks won, but then no one else has been successful so far either.

      • Blau-Grenade
        September 29, 2012

        Song has been fantastic.

        Barca got caught out on a break, Dani is playing up front supporting the attacks. These things happen. Not good to blame Dani or Song or sMash. Does this mean Dani has to stop supporting the attack because Piotr got this goal. I don’t think so.

        I think somebody like Tello could add width and pace in the front.

        Alba is really good marking Navas. Hats off to that guy.

        • yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
          September 29, 2012

          I must urge you to re-watch the goal replays when possible and see were song was.

          • nzm
            September 29, 2012

            For the first one, Song was tracking back covering his man – it was Alves who was too central and not marking his man. Unfortunately the ball also deflected off Masch right to Trochowski – a bit lucky, but would have been more difficult had Alves been out there with him.

            For the second, Busi losing the ball in Barca’s half caught the backline by surpise. Negredo used his muscle to push Song off him and Song also backed off not wanting to give a penalty. Valdes coming out meant that Masch veered off tackling Negredo – Masch may have been able to slide tackle but Valdes shortened his space. Bottom line – woeful play from Busquets put his defence in danger and caught them out of position for proper defence.

            http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xtywvj_sevilla-barcelona-extended-highlights-hd-29-09-2012_sport

            Once Masch teaches Song how to slide tackle (as he has done with Pique), he’ll be better!

  15. Huckleberry
    September 29, 2012

    Where is Messi, where is Xavi?

  16. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Trochowski also scored the goal against Madrid.

  17. Ryan
    September 29, 2012

    Alexis refuses to do anything but pass the ball back – so frustrating!

    • swamidigital
      September 29, 2012

      He has taken on his man at least 3-4 times, was fouled twice when he looked like he might be able to pass his man.

      • Ryan
        September 29, 2012

        Really? Every time he ran towards goal it seemed like he passed back, besides the chance he created by crossing, near the half. And yes, he was flattened a few times too. 😛

  18. Judas Pissed
    September 29, 2012

    Is this the worst we’ve seen Barca play this season?

    • K_legit in Oz
      September 29, 2012

      First half at the Bernebeua was pretty dire..

      Barça just look toothless this half..bound to pick up the next..

      Chin up!

  19. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    Wtf can only listen in barca Catalan
    but know the names… sorry ignorant.
    Where is the press?

  20. TITO
    September 29, 2012

    I just started watching the game, and as i assumed, we are losing. Did we had a chance during this half?

  21. Huckleberry
    September 29, 2012

    Not a single goal scoring opportunity…

    • Momo
      September 29, 2012

      I guess the messi chance after that fabregas pass doesnt count?

    • Ryan
      September 29, 2012

      Or the Messi volley that required a last-ditch dive to prevent the goal?

  22. September 29, 2012

    I liked this first half. Good flow to the game. Both sides attacking. Would like to see us shoot from outside to penalty area at least ONCE.

  23. Xavi6
    September 29, 2012

    Alves defense was horrible , and they were damn lucky in this goal.
    Cesc is a disaster , and Messi looks off form , I miss Iniesta .

  24. KevinO
    September 29, 2012

    We look outplayed, game fairly even, but Sevilla more dangerous at times… Also, could we stop looking for Dani, seems like a waste to send it down the right hand side at the moment 🙁

    • chop
      September 29, 2012

      haha, yeah, Dani and Alexis are so worthless as wingers. This match needs Tello.

      • nzm
        September 29, 2012

        Maybe in attack, but Tello’s defence is non-existent. He’ll come in later if the score hasn’t changed as an impact sub when Tito throws everything on the pitch to win.

  25. Richzorz
    September 29, 2012

    Barca actually seem to be playing fairly well, Sevilla seem to be allowed to get away with pretty much whatever they want foul-wise, the defender who got booked for intentional handball could easily have (and arguably should have) picked up a 2nd yellow for the studs up (KNEE HEIGHT!) challenge but hey at least the ‘biggest test so far’ is proving to be a test! Messi and Xavi have been good, missing Iniesta of course…

    • swamidigital
      September 29, 2012

      Yeah, we have no perspective, Sevilla is a good team playing well. This was not supposedmto be easy. That being said we are failing to control the match.

  26. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Although we’re losing right now, I actually think that this is a great game to watch – especially if you were an impartial fan! 🙂

    It’s end-to-end stuff, Barca is managing to get some plays together and have been denied by some great defence. Sevilla is playing fast and rough – and getting away with a lot because this ref is known to let a physical game happen.

    The blight has been an out of position Alves trotting back in the middle of the pitch, almost where he scored his own goal, instead of out on his own wing where Trochowski was steaming in. It’s a common Barca fault – leave the last man unmarked on the far post.

    • September 29, 2012

      Yep, I thought it was a great half too. Not like the Granada game last week where it was all Barca. Sevilla looks pretty good. I hope they lose in the end.

    • chop
      September 29, 2012

      Sevilla is at home so of course they’ll be allowed to play rough. Why are fans always surprised by this?

  27. Ryan
    September 29, 2012

    We are just so squishy in the back. 🙁

  28. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Busquets passing to a Messi flanked by 2 Sevilla players – not a thinking move.

  29. Jim
    September 29, 2012

    Don’t think I’ve ever seen such a gap between two CBs as a team attacks them.

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      To be fair, they weren’t expecting the attack. Barca had possession – Busquets lost the ball in Barca’s half from a sloppy pass which set up a quick counter for Sevilla.

  30. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    Anyone remember the last time Barca lost by more than one goal?

    Hercules at the Camp Nou?

  31. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Wow that was some crappy defending, However,I still have faith.

  32. mangut
    September 29, 2012

    What a debacle in the making. For better or worse I hope they get embarrassed tonight so that somebody gets the full picture of how poor the back line is with two defensive midfielders playing as cb. And that Francesc is nothing but a walking turnover. What an expensive joke. And el clasico next week

    • ooga aga
      September 29, 2012

      “Francesc is nothing but a walking turnover”

      …and a couple of classy come-from-behind goals.

  33. Judas Pissed
    September 29, 2012

    Correction to my earlier comment – THIS is the worst we have have seen Barca play in a long while…

  34. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Goalllllllllllllll, ………I said I have FAITHHHHHHHHHHHHHHh….

  35. chop
    September 29, 2012

    That bum fabregas finally scored.

  36. September 29, 2012

    Dear Barca,

    You should listen to me more often. Shoot from outside the box.

    -messifan

    • September 29, 2012

      Dear messifan,

      Adriano vs. Valencia, Tello vs. Spartak, Xavi vs. Granada, along with today’s goal. (And more to come..)

      -The team

  37. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    This is very Exciting.

  38. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Sanchez, almost the equalizer there.

  39. Ryan
    September 29, 2012

    Alba seems to have neutralized Navas, eh?

  40. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhh MessiIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIi

  41. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Alves just totally redeemed himself with that tackle on Negredo.

  42. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    No subs even after minute 60? Unusual for Tito.

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      The team’s cohesive and positive right now, so he’ll leave it for a few minutes longer.

  43. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    Sitting in a hotel room flipping out listenig to match in Catalan.
    Come on boys!!!

  44. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Tello preparing to come on.

  45. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    For Sanchez

  46. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Red for Medel!!!!

  47. Dave
    September 29, 2012

    Alves needs a reality check.
    Puyol and Abidal get well SOON.

  48. K_legit in Oz
    September 29, 2012

    What a farce! How is that a red?

  49. TITO
    September 29, 2012

    Just go for all or nothing, put Bojan on.

    • swamidigital
      September 29, 2012

      Sign of truly bad ref, both sides have plenty to complain about.

    • replayed
      September 29, 2012

      Yeah, I didn’t see that one coming.

      It’s true Barca have been outnumbered in midfield all game, but I wasn’t expecting another midfielder with Sevilla down to 10 men.

      • nzm
        September 29, 2012

        In retrospect – it was to save Busi for the clasico. If he had got another yellow, he’d be out for next week’s game vs. Madrid.

        • _Lily
          September 29, 2012

          Oh, god, I had completely forgotten about that.

          No Busi for the clasico would have been an absolute nightmare.

          On the other hand, let’s hope that Pepe or Ramos do something red-card-worthy tomorrow, so we don’t end up with more injuries after next weekend than we already have.

        • replayed
          September 29, 2012

          Let’s hope Busquets is back to his usual impeccable standards against Madrid. I can’t remember the last time he had as bad a game as he did tonight.

          Anyway, my puzzlement wasn’t that Busquets was taken off (even though he was playing poorly), but that Tito didn’t bring in an attacking player to replace him.

          Tito’s thinking became clear to me a few minutes later when he took out Alves for Villa. It turns out he knew he would need to have Thiago already in there shoring things up.

  50. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    These are weird subs! But awesome!

  51. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    Villa in for Alves. Now I see why Tito had brought in Thiago.

  52. September 29, 2012

    Villa in. To be honest, we should have started with all attackers, since umm…we don’t have actual defenders.

  53. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Damnit – Messi just keeps giving the ball away.

  54. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    C’mon c’mon c’mon
    C’MON

  55. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    See? That’s what you get for yelling at Villa. Villa should have totally taken that shot!

  56. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Goal Fabregaaaaaaasssssssssssssss

  57. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Cesc and Messi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Another manager sent from the sideline – the refs have it in for the managers this season – maybe the 5th or 6th to be sent off so far.

  59. TITO
    September 29, 2012

    I say, WPOTY, he should just get it. Though the ref is helping us a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot.

  60. yassir (Formerly Extreme barca fan)
    September 29, 2012

    Goalllllllllllll Villaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  61. Blau-Grenade
    September 29, 2012

    Villllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  62. TITO
    September 29, 2012

    Villaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  63. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    To be honest, Sevilla were screwed by the ref. But I ain’t complaining.

  64. Blau-Grenade
    September 29, 2012

    First time I have seen Tito celebrate!!!

  65. Judas Pissed
    September 29, 2012

    Correction to my earlier post – this is maybe NOT the worst we’ve seen them play this season…

    • _Lily
      September 29, 2012

      Definitely the most resilient we’ve seen them play this season!

  66. TITO
    September 29, 2012

    I’ll take that, whatever the help we got, i’ll take it!!!!!!!

  67. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    This has to be the most fun listening to a match in Catalan that I have had in a while!!

  68. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    No party at Lillas Pastia’s tonight.

  69. Blau-Grenade
    September 29, 2012

    What a fight back, just amazing!!!

  70. G6O
    September 29, 2012

    That’s how championships are won 🙂

  71. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    What a match – the most exciting game that I’ve seen in a long time!

    Earth to Euler – please do a review of this one!

  72. elacule
    September 29, 2012

    RayRay talking about Einstein wondering how they’ll make the space, Phil says, “they didn’t even need a Tardis” — classic.

    (after Phil comparing the referee to Sergeant Schultz from Hogan’s Heroes… “I see Nut-tink!” -)

  73. Momo
    September 29, 2012

    Real champion quality about this Tito team. My God do they have some character. Out of curiosity what percentage of our goals were in the last half hour of games this season?

    • _Lily
      September 29, 2012

      In the league, 40% of our 25 goals have come in the final 20 minutes (same number as final half hour – we haven’t scored in 60′ – 69′ yet). Of that 40%, 6 of the 10 were decisive goals – both of Messi’s goals against Osasuna, one of Messi’s against Getafe, Xavi’s goal against Granada, and Cesc and Villa’s goals against Sevilla.

      Including the Super Cup against Madrid and the CL match against Spartak Moscow, the percentage is raised to 44%. 10 of those 14 goals (or 71%) were decisive.

      To put it in a slightly different context, we’ve won 6 of the 9 matches we’ve played so far this season in the last 20 minutes of the game, including 4 of our 6 league games.

      (I’ve included one of Messi’s goals against Getafe and both Messi and Xavi’s goals against Real Madrid as being decisive, since goals that the other team scored afterward would have ended the game in a draw otherwise.)

      • nzm
        September 29, 2012

        _Lily – you’re a walking statistics log – and I mean that as a compliment! 😉

        • _Lily
          September 29, 2012

          Haha, thank you! 😛 I will definitely take it as one. Statistics make me happy.

  74. Xavi6
    September 29, 2012

    Wohooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 🙂

  75. alpinegroove
    September 29, 2012

    Tello has been our most effective player on the left wing.

  76. _Lily
    September 29, 2012

    All credit to Villa and Cesc – great goals to bring us back when they could have just despaired and lost hope. This is what champions are made of.

    …… but I can’t help but feel that the win was a little tarnished by some major help by the ref. :\ Against Osasuna I didn’t care because we were cheated there last season, but this bothers me a bit.

    Oh well. Win is a win, props to Cesc and Villa.

  77. Richzorz
    September 29, 2012

    YOU SEE! Barcelona deserved to win the game, Sevilla did well (especially first half) and deserve credit but only a Sevilla/RM fan can complain that the 3 points didn’t go to the right team! 🙂

    • _Lily
      September 29, 2012

      I’m a Barcelona fan, and I’m not sure the three points went to the right team. I think a lot of people will be questioning that.

      Barcelona were better in the second half, but that’s not really the point. The better team doesn’t always win. Busquets could have been sent off and wasn’t. Medel (thug though he is) got a harsh red. Thiago had a handball leading up to Villa’s goal. You don’t need to be a Sevilla or Real Madrid fan to think that the ref made some key decisions that really favored Barcelona, and if he’d made them differently, maybe Sevilla would be celebrating a win.

      A draw would have been fair, IMO. Barcelona’s win… happy for the points, but they feel tainted to me. If those same decisions had been made for Madrid when they’d been playing Sevilla I would have been furious.

      • TITO
        September 29, 2012

        Well, you’re a fan, you really, really should be celebrating for such a comeback, no matter what and don’t feel so bad about that, that YOUR team actually won.

      • Richzorz
        September 29, 2012

        I missed the Busquets “should have been sent off” incident, was it something after the foul he got a yellow for?

        Both of Sevilla’s goals came from lucky deflections and a defensive mistake (although I got the feeling Song was afraid to commit to a challenge in which he could easily have muscled Negrado off the ball for fear of being sent off) and Barca were the better side.

        Medel’s red was a little overreaction by Cesc but then how hard do you have to move your head into someone else’s before it’s deemed a sending off offense…? :s The ref let Sevilla get away with a lot of rough play, as I mentioned before the defender that got booked for an intentional yellow should have picked up a 2nd on a couple of occasions!

        • _Lily
          September 29, 2012

          I wouldn’t call them “lucky deflections.” You may your own luck. Look at Barca at the Bernabeu last December – at least 2 of our goals came from defensive mistakes. You make your own luck and you exploit mistakes where they happen. We’ve certainly scored when the other team made defensive mistakes. It’s part of the game.

          And no, it was the foul he got a yellow for. It wasn’t a clear-cut red, but if the ref had pulled out a red it wouldn’t have been unreasonable. It wouldn’t have been a big deal if he hadn’t sent Medel-the-thug off a few minutes later, but he did. He barely moved his head at all – they walked into each other more than anything else, and Cesc could have just backed away. It’s like Medel took a swing at him or went out of his way to headbutt him.

          The ref did let Sevilla get away with some rough play, but… I mean, look, IMO there was nothing that screamed red card or that I wanted to smack the ref for ignoring. Rough play can be part of the game. And long as it’s not malicious or seriously endangers another player, I’m not going to whine about it. (I may also be slightly biased because I spent more of the day watching the EPL, where nothing ever gets called.)

          • Richzorz
            September 30, 2012

            Surely that bias carries over a little for “ball to hand” not being a foul? I saw a couple of instances of that happening yesterday in the EPL and there was the same call of ‘play on’ by the officials. And if Busquets was given as a straight red then Sevilla would’ve finished with 7 men on the pitch (and Barca perhaps with 9)???

      • Ryan
        September 29, 2012

        Those kinds of decisions went EE’s way ALL last season!

        • _Lily
          September 29, 2012

          They did, and it made me absolutely sick.

          The issue for me is that it’s not just about Barca v. Madrid. I hate hearing that we have to get help from the refs to win, but I also can’t help but think about the other teams that get shafted, especially when they’re in possible contention for Europe or relegation.

          Did you know that if Mallorca hadn’t been completely screwed by the ref in their first match against Madrid, they would be playing in Europa this season? They would have been tied on points with Levante, and they had a better head-to-head. That was one of the most disgusting offside calls of the season, and it had such an enormous impact on the team.

          I don’t want the mistakes to happen, period. Having them benefit us isn’t much better than having them benefit Madrid.

  78. K_legit in Oz
    September 29, 2012

    Ok, now be ready for the backlash..
    No way was that a red for Medel..

    The Thiago handball? ref clearly points that out that says he didn’t think it was intentional!

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      The ref could also have thought that the ball came off the Sevilla player’s hand – it was sticking out in that direction. Easy to see in slow motion replays that it came off Thiago, but not when on the pitch in real time.

      • _Lily
        September 29, 2012

        He was also just turning around as it happened – he may just not have gotten a good view.

    • G6O
      September 29, 2012

      I don’t think the ref even saw it – he was a meter or two away but if you watch the replay, he is just turning his head the moment the ball hits the hand, to me it seemed like he simply didn’t see it.

      Intentional or not, advantage was gained in the situation so it should have been a free kick. But it’s not as if the goal came directly after that – there was still quite a bit of play that lead to the goal and if the ref does not blow the whistle, you have to keep playing and both teams did that so I don’t feel that bad about that goal.

      Also, that handball was nowhere near as blatant as the handball on the goal line by the Espanyol defender last year that cost us three points, or the very long list number of decisions that went against us or for Madrid during that season. Plus we had already been denied several 100% penalties this season so any talk of refs helping us are pure BS.

  79. Clouseau
    September 29, 2012

    Thrilling Comeback!!! Hahaha.

    So proud of Cesc and Villa goals about the decide one game in favour for Barça 🙂

  80. mom4
    September 29, 2012

    This game retaught me an important life lesson…prayer works!

    Happy!!!!!!! 🙂

  81. Ben
    September 29, 2012

    Medel may not have deserved that red card, but that definitely was not a handball on Thiago. The ball was coming from behind him – he didn’t even see it. Ball to hand.

    I need to calm down a bit… my blood pressure has shot through the roof. Next time, guys, can you try getting the lead to start?

  82. jordi™
    September 29, 2012

    I haven’t been as happy about a gol since Messi’s last minute hat-trick equalizer in 2007 against Madrid and the Iniestazo in 2009 against Chelsea. Manitas are great but nothing beats a show of character.

    • September 29, 2012

      This game reminded me of the epic daylight robbery vs Espanyol in ’08. Love it!

  83. Barka
    September 29, 2012

    Great win and I feel happy for Villa!

  84. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    Just imagine a lonley cule celebrating in a hotel room in Charlotte NC…
    Listening to a match in an unfamillair language…
    What a match!!

    • elacule
      September 29, 2012

      happy for you to celebrate, mate! you’re not the only one listening in a foreign tongue or solo ~ but all that intense focus on the match brings us together –

      força barça!

  85. jordi™
    September 29, 2012

    Sevilla played it like a cup final. By the 80th minute I gave up waiting for them to tire. SO much intensity and physicality. Few away teams will come away from the Pizjuán with three points this year.

  86. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    Love you people
    U help me through the tough times!! 🙂

  87. September 29, 2012

    What a game! Credit to Sevilla who played an amazing game and really gave it their all. What character this team has, thats the second comeback in 3 games. I guess we need at with the defense as awful as it is right now. Pique and Puyol cant come back any sooner.

    Great to see Fabs and Villa spearhead the comeback, should give em both a great confidence boost. Messi involved in both goals and hit the post, but still doesnt look at his best yet.

    We can win next week but we are gona need more of the great character shown today because I have a feeling Madrid are gona open the scoring. Unless by some miracle we get either Puyol or Pique back in time… maybe even both? (One can dream!)

    • _Lily
      September 29, 2012

      I think I heard that Puyol thought he would be ready to come back. I hope so – he never takes any time getting right back into it. Even if he’s out for six months, I never notice a difference in his play. He’s always ready from the moment he steps back onto the field.

  88. K_legit in Oz
    September 29, 2012

    Alright kinda contradicting myself here but, that red against medel? how abt one yellow for his tug back on Messi and one yellow for attempting to waste time..that’s a red there!

  89. Kimcelona
    September 29, 2012

    I seriously will have frequent doctor visits this season.

    But what a match! I still cant believe we pulled it off!

    Is it like some silent rule that only ref mistakes FOR us must be called out here?…and that we must state we didnt deserve to win because of such mistakes..I seem to remember calls going in favor of Sevilla as well. Yet, when calls go against us, we must suck it up and stop blaming the refs?

    I could care less how Sevilla feel..no one cares how we feel when we get shafted.

    3 points!!

  90. Kimcelona
    September 29, 2012

    In other news, seems Thiago injured again.
    jsghkfuidgeui ugh!! Why?! Why us?!

    • Clouseau
      September 29, 2012

      Appeariantly it’s his knee if it’s his liganements then… Gosh, please don’t let it be a serious Injury.

  91. TITO
    September 29, 2012

    This is what this team needs, somebody ELSE to take charge from time to time, and shot the god damn ball, it will eventually end up in the net. But our defense…well, there’s no real defender in there, of any kind.

  92. Blau-Grenade
    September 29, 2012

    If I was a Sevilla fan I would feel cheated. But I am glad to see Cesc and Villa put their shooting boots on.

      • Blau-Grenade
        September 29, 2012

        It is the fault of the footballing authorities in Spain that these things happen in matches. They have to step in.

        • _Lily
          September 29, 2012

          The football authorities in Spain are worthless. Any doubts anyone had on the subject were washing away when they didn’t penalize Pepe for stomping on Messi’s hand.

  93. Jafri
    September 29, 2012

    What an awesome win. Nearly had a heart attack watching the match.

    The most amazing thing about Tito’s tenure for me has been his substitutions. The right player at the right time; he seems to get them spot on in every match. Long may that continue.

    • _Lily
      September 29, 2012

      Yes. This is actually something that I think Tito has been proving himself better at than Pep. (Not to speak heresey, but.) He routinely makes intelligent, bold substitutions, and I think that his choices are a pretty significant part of why we have been able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat so often this season.

      • ciaran
        September 29, 2012

        Why oh why didn’t we buy a centreback though? Song just isn’t it for me.

        • _Lily
          September 29, 2012

          I have no idea. I thought it might be because they thought Bartra was ready, but if that’s the case why aren’t they playing him?

          I do not understand why they are so deadset against buying a centerback.

          • TITO
            September 29, 2012

            Maybe because they just forgot how to buy a decent CB. The failures are endless.

  94. September 29, 2012

    Watched the match with the Penya Barcelonista Chicago. Their Facebook page is here:

    http://www.facebook.com/fcbchicago

    Bunch of really good folks. The president noted my “passion” and said it was good, which I think is a nice way of saying “I’ve never seen anyone crazy enough to scream and do laps around the room after goals. Whoa!”

    The match. My write-up isn’t going to make a lot of folks happy. I not apologize for that in advance, but I’m used to it. I will say that the ref was FUBARed equally. The perception will be that he was in our favor because we were the more aggressive side, thus giving him more opportunities to screw up.

    • _Lily
      September 29, 2012

      >The perception will be that he was in our favor because we were the more aggressive side, thus giving him more opportunities to screw up.<

      Good point.

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      The president noted my “passion”

      Imagine what he’d think if you turned up with a handful of the rest of us in here! They’d probably lock the doors and turn off all the lights after our first visit!

  95. ciaran
    September 29, 2012

    We were fairly poor throughout most of the match. Defensively we are a disgrace at the minute.
    Valdes is getting no protection.
    Alves looks like he wants to have moved on this summer.
    Song is a better DM than centreback in my opinion.
    Masch needs someone else to marshal the defense and tell him where to position himself.
    Alba was a little too attacking at times but the kid has pace to burn and Pedro-like energy.

    Alexis is missing all kinds of confidence but at least Pedro & Villa are improving.

    I’m delighted for Cesc. The relief on his face after the first goal (and what a goal it was) was clear to see and his finish for the second goal was very instinctive.
    Great to see us win a couple of matches without Messi scoring. He was still directly involved with all three goals.

  96. Helge
    September 29, 2012

    What a great comeback victory, reminded me a lot of Manchester United, who have like 3 to 5 of such comebacks in each of their league seasons! It’s an admirable feature if your team shows this ability 🙂

    But unfortunately the news about Thiago seems to be really bad. They couldn’t do any further tests on his knee due to too heavy pain. Praying it’s not a cruciate ligament injury.

    • ciaran
      September 29, 2012

      am i correctly remembering that it happened before he made the interception for the equalizer?

      • Helge
        September 29, 2012

        Sorry, I couldn’t discern it on my stream at all.

  97. yana
    September 29, 2012

    Oh my god!!! No puedo creer que ganamos!! Wow.

    Anything you have ever heard about how beautiful the Sevilla FC himno is, and how thunderously awesome Sevillistas are singing it in the Sanchez Pizjuan — believe it. What emotion.

    Also — I’ll have to find video to see how it sounded on the broadcasts, but if you all heard the Barça himno being sung at times — it wasn’t. That was Sevilla fans singing, Lo lo lo LO, Lo lo lo LO, Lo, lo, lo loloLO, Barça, Barça, MIERDA. Now I’ll have to wonder if that’s what’s going on at all away games?

    Anyway, it was fantastic to be able to go to an away match! With bonus victory. Between the intense match and the Alcázar today, I’m more than a bit overwhelmed and so, time to sleep…

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      what an awesome game to be at!

      Sevilla fans always sing that to the Barca hymn – Madrid fans too.

  98. Wasiubarca
    September 29, 2012

    Well,every barcelona fans had av a gud says!i love all d comments i read so far.bt we need 2 improve defensively.our midfield is gud and our attackers are sharp 2.they av scored alot of goals dis season.

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      Thanks!

      Infrasonic was my saviour when I had to find videos for all the matches for my retrospective look at last season. He has most of them, in English, and lots of Phil and Ray which is a good thing!

  99. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    As well as the Einstein comment, this was my favourite Ray-Ray comment of the night:

    “Centipedes must go to bed at night, just wishing they had a left foot like David Villa.”

    😆

    • Helge
      September 29, 2012

      How can you watch Ray Hudson commentary in Barcelona? 🙂

      • nzm
        September 29, 2012

        From a stream on thefirstrow.eu

        As of this season, lots of Barca games are now not shown on free TV, nor pay GolT which we have. Canal+ has the share, but we don’t have Canal+.

        Catalunya TV3 hasn’t yet shown a live game, much to our dismay – even though they are Barca sponsors. Canal+ has muscled in and splashed the cash to get the games exclusively on their channel.

        So we’re reduced to streams like a lot of you for some of the games, but it helps when we find BeIN with Phil and Ray. We wish that we could get BeIN in Barcelona!

        • September 29, 2012

          ..while the rest of us wish that we could get in Barcelona 😉

          • nzm
            September 30, 2012

            True! But we can’t go to every game – we’d be more broke than we already are!! 😀

  100. September 29, 2012

    As much as I like winning after coming from behind, its not healthy – for the players or us to do that this regularly. I hope normal service of manitas and spankings resume. Quickly.

    We play EE next. Iniesta is needed. I can already visualize Pepe snuffing out the last two goals we scored here by tackling Messi before he even gets the ball. We need something else. Maybe the old Messi? I dunno. But yes, we do need to stop giving away balls so cheaply for one. And taking so much time to get out of our own half as well.

    Lets see what they have in plan for us. They’ll need a win. A draw simply won’t do. Seeing as though they’ve taken the lead in 5 of the last 6 clasics, its not hard to visualize them winning. And especially with us leaking goals all over the place. Hopefully we get either of Pique/Puyol back. Is it too much to ask our players to not do silly mistakes? This is important. But lets see what happens. I have faith. The players would be anything but confident too. Hope it all turns out well..

  101. September 29, 2012

    Oddly, I was not that nervous about this game, as evidenced by my calming presence here during the match 😛

    A few things from this match:

    -All our players gave their best performance this season (including Dani and Song). I saw some pressing…I could’t really fault Masch, Song, Dani, or Alba or even Valdes for goals conceded. The blame is directed toward people making transfer decisions. We knew since Abidal was diagnosed with a liver tumor that this team needed defensive reinforcements, and yet two transfer seasons later, still no defenders signed (Alba doesn’t count).

    Maybe Hummels is a fangirl’s dream and a bit out of our price range, but come on! how could they not find single decent center-back in all of Europe, Asia and the rest of the world???? Very frustrating to watch this team leaking goals left and right, but I can’t technically blame our “defenders” because it’s not fair to them either since playing center back is not their trade.

    -I know we like Tito’s substitutions, but I’d prefer we get the lineup right in the first place and not having to resort to super subs to save us almost every single game.

    -I thought Messi had his best game of this season. He was pressuring midfielders, trying and failing with his through balls, receiving some rough challenges, and keeping his cool.

    -Cesc has always played well for me this season minus that game against Osasuna (tbf, the rest played crappy in that game too). I didn’t really see a problem with the head-butt incident.

    -Ok, I lied, the match was nerve-wracking. I’ll send Rosell my health bills b/c you know health care ain’t free in America 😉

  102. Anonymous_69
    September 29, 2012

    [this comment is way too long, sorry!] I’ll get the bad and the ugly out of the way first. In the end of it all, I don’t think Song has a long term future at Barcelona. He’s an impressive box to box midfielder, and with the right defense behind him, he is a great defensive midfielder. But if the plan is for him to be converted full time to CB, I don’t think he’ll be quite good enough to ever be a starter.

    That being said, he impressed me at times today. Same with last week. He has some very decent qualities. Mostly he’s good in the 1v1 situations, and he can defend set pieces well. If he can accept that he can’t leave his position to pressure the opponent with the ball, if he can realize his responsibilities as a CB, he can become very solid. He might even prove me wrong (although again, I don’t see him as starting quality). All in all, we need to give him lots of time. Besides, I don’t think Song and Masch make a great partnership. It doesn’t help when Alves has a stinker, and Busquets plays higher up the field.

    People will mention Bartra, but I think we have to completely trust Tito with this one. Maybe I would play him more, but neither is a perfect solution to our defensive problems, and I think Song was the right choice today.

    Which brings me to another problem I’ve noticed this season. Why is Busquets playing higher up the pitch? He has more than enough quality obviously, and he has helped Xavi and our attack overall. But surely, now that we’re playing two super offensive fullbacks, and our CBs are injured, he should be playing deeper to cover? If we have Pique/Puyol, an on form Alves, and a defensive-minded LB, THEN I’d like Busquets higher up the field.

    Xavi is a beast. Our best player so far this season. He’s the coolest player. And he seems SO fit!

    Cesc has surprised me with just how little he adds to our build up and circulation. But the goals were great and reminded us all of the main reasons why we bought him: goal threat from the midfield. First goal was a long shot, second one was a direct run into the box. They perfectly display what we expect from Cesc. Keep it up, dude. (Oh, and why are so many bitter Arsenal fans still saying he is a bench warmer? The man has started every Liga match!)

    I’m honestly befuddled as to why Tito insists on Sanchez on the right wing. Every match that he’s started so far, he’s started on the right. And he would play badly. Then in the second half, Tito would change him to the left or middle, and not only would he play a lot better himself, our whole attack would look a lot more dangerous. It’s happened in the last two matches in a row, and it happened in the beginning of the season. Tito sees that we’re better with Sanchez somewhere else, yet he insists on starting him on the right! Why? Pedro himself is better on the right with Alves, they have a good connection.

    My last points: Villa and Tello! Villa is obviously getting better and better, he’s ready to start matches I think. That goal was awesome. And Tello has shown once again how far he’s come. He is playing with consistency. He’s been great with every start, and he’s made a big impact with every sub appearance. It’s not pushing it to say that the team looks better with him on the field. He has a chance to start the clasico (though a small chance tbf…).

  103. Anonymous_69
    September 29, 2012

    Oh, and I’m not that worried about how our defenders our playing. I am concerned about the team’s defending as a whole, but I don’t blame the problems on Song or Alves playing below-par. Like I said, two very offensive fullbacks, covered by one DM playing higher up the field, with one of the CBs being a new DM signing from a different league playing one of his first matches for the team as a CB, partnered by a tired Mascherano who doesn’t really complement him well, away at one of the toughest Liga matches of the season… blah blah blah you get it. Yet all that considered, I thought we defended better than RM did vs them, and they started a supposedly more conservative lineup.

  104. K_legit in Oz
    September 29, 2012

    I think its unfortunate that this in all likelihood is Villa’s last season at this club.

  105. rileypowell
    May 30, 2013

    Diablo 3 : Literacy: Blue strange, elite strange and rare and strange

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