Real Madrid stole the show as they dominated Tottenham from start to finish, most likely ending the Hotspurs’ European journey. “One-sided” easily sums up this match, as the Los Blancos got off to a quick start by nabbing an early goal in the opening five minutes. The Spurs left Adebayor unmarked which allowed him to head home the opener. It was really poor defending, especially from a squad which didn’t allow a goal during the round of 16. Things got even worse in the 15th min. when Peter Crouch was sent off after two careless challenges. It turned to be the defining moment as the Spurs were unable to overcome the extra-man advantage Real Madrid possessed. Madrid easily took control of the game, stringing up numerous passes. They played the in-and-out game and switch the ball every well. Madrid eventually unpacked and made camp in Tottenham’s half. It was only a matter of time until the goals started pouring in.
The second-half was the same story, except Real was finally able to takedown the force field in front of goal. Tottenham was unable to withstand the constant attacks as Madrid netted three second-half goals. I understand that the Spurs are lacking a man, but some of the goals were definitely preventable. The only “real goal” was Di Maria’s scorcher. Adebayor was left unmarked on both of his goals. Both of his goals were headers. Are you serious? Two unmarked headers are unacceptable at any level of soccer, especially someone of his caliber. Gomes was also beaten near-post by Cristiano. Defensively, it was a very disappointing performance for the Spurs. If they could have held Madrid to two goals, then they still might actually have a chance. It’s safe to say Real Madrid will make the semis, pending some sort of miracle. You know your team is sick when your subs are Kaka and Higuain.
Real Madrid 4:0 Tottenham
Shots (on goal):
Real Madrid 36 (10), Tottenham 4 (1)
Real Madrid 72%, Tottenham 28%
Side note: Schalke is only a whisker away from advancing to the semis, as they came out of Milan with a huge 5-3 victory over Inter. Hopefully the Manchester United v. Chelsea game is better.
Photo courtesy of ESPNsoccernet.