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

    Goalllllllllllll Villaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  2. Blau-Grenade
    September 29, 2012

    Villllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  3. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    Yes!

  4. TITO
    September 29, 2012

    Villaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  5. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    Villa!!!!

  6. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    Oh damn!!”

  7. Messiah10
    September 29, 2012

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. replayed
    September 29, 2012

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

  9. Ryan
    September 29, 2012

    Oh my LAWD!! Woooo!!!

  10. Blau-Grenade
    September 29, 2012

    First time I have seen Tito celebrate!!!

  11. Nav
    September 29, 2012

    Motherf****** speechless

  12. swamidigital
    September 29, 2012

    Villa maravilla!!

  13. 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!

  14. K_legit in Oz
    September 29, 2012

    THIS TEAM <3 <3

  15. TITO
    September 29, 2012

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

  16. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

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

  17. replayed
    September 29, 2012

    No party at Lillas Pastia’s tonight.

  18. Blau-Grenade
    September 29, 2012

    What a fight back, just amazing!!!

  19. Momo
    September 29, 2012

    THATS HOW ITS DONE!

  20. G6O
    September 29, 2012

    That’s how championships are won 🙂

  21. 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!

  22. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    Blagggaowwww!!!!

  23. September 29, 2012

    REMUNTADA!!!!!!

  24. 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!” -)

  25. 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.

  26. September 29, 2012

    TITO CELEBRATION!!!!!!!

  27. September 29, 2012

    I’m exhausted. Emotionally drained. Need a nap. Bye.

  28. Xavi6
    September 29, 2012

    Wohooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 🙂

  29. alpinegroove
    September 29, 2012

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

  30. _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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Clouseau
    September 29, 2012

    Thrilling Comeback!!! Hahaha.

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

    • Clouseau
      September 29, 2012

      bah…bad english.

  34. mom4
    September 29, 2012

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

    Happy!!!!!!! 🙂

  35. 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?

  36. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

    Wooing Hooooo!!!

  37. 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!

  38. Barka
    September 29, 2012

    Great win and I feel happy for Villa!

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. rocherto
    September 29, 2012

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

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      Happy to be here for you! 😆

  42. 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!)

    • rocherto
      September 29, 2012

      Lets dream brother!!

    • _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.

  43. 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!

  44. 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!!

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

    • jordi™
      September 29, 2012

      Feel cheated why? They have Spahic in their team and I wont even mention Navarro because he is so good at his ‘craft’ I am unworthy.

      All the elements of a typical Sevilla home game here.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdyvtzHMO7M

    • 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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!

  50. 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.

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