flywoman: (HatTrick!Messi)
Jordiiiiiiii
Jordi Alba and I apparently feel the same way about this result...

Even biased Barcelona fan that I am, I would never have predicted this victory. Barca arrived at the second leg of this Champions League round without an away goal, having lost to AC Milan 0-2 at the San Siro. In order to stay in the tournament, they had to score at least two goals in regular time AND keep a clean sheet, which they had not managed to do from mid-January to their Saturday match against Deportivo. In that recent match, I had seen promising signs of a sharper Barca, a hungrier Barca... but they had still only scored two goals total against the lowest team in the league standings. Tonight they were going to have to do much, much better.

And they did. )
flywoman: (Peaceful!Puyol)
Title: Father Figure
Characters: Xavi Hernández and Alexis Sánchez
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1275
Disclaimer: While inspired by actual persons and events, this story is a work of fiction.
Summary: Victory at the Stadium of Light comes with a high price, and Carles Puyol has left some pretty big shoes to fill.
Author's Note: Haven't had time to write fic for a while, but couldn't resist sketching out this scene after the scare during Tuesday's CL match. Inspired by this photo.

Read more... )
flywoman: (Peaceful!Puyol)
2012-10-02_BENFICA-BARCELONA_45-Optimized.v1349215374

(Not just posting this for the rare glimpse of Masche's abs, but because I think it shows how upset and scared the players were after Puyol's accident last night and how the captains really stepped up and comforted their teammates.)

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