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Monday, 2 November 2015

Back to the Bernabéu!

Real Madrid took on Las Palmas at the Bernabéu this weekend, and I was *finally* in attendance. I bought my ticket last Monday, and was given two ticket options - Print it off or download it to the Passbook app on my iphone. Now my iphone is shattered into a thousand pieces and is literally clinging on for dear life..but I think I might be banned from the printing room at uni (wasn't my fault) so I opted for the former.

Saturday morning arrives...along with an unplanned hangover. I decided to use this unusual predicament to investigate whether a live football match can cure a hangover... It can't. I did however feel a lot happier after watching Real beat Las Palmas 3-1. 

So back to the beginning, I climb about 3000 stairs and reach my seat with 5 minutes to kick off and the row is completely empty. I stretch out thinking I've hit the jackpot, until about 10 minutes after kick off a man and woman arrive. She proceeds to take 32 selfies before actually acknowledging the fact Ronaldo has just scored. Obviously watching the likes of Toni Kroos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo play football isn't nearly interesting enough when someone has posted another picture of a minion with a totally unrelated quote. No less than 30 minutes into the game a group of friends arrive with the demeanour of someone taking a leisurely stroll through the park..before realising there is a game of live football happening directly in front of them and taking the rest of the seats to my left.  The rest of the stadium is booming, my seat was in Lateral Oeste which is more for tourists than die hard Madridistas, the view however was amazing.

The game itself was great, with all the goals coming in the action packed first half before things slowed down in the second. Real took the lead inside 4 minutes with a goal from Isco, a few minutes later Ronaldo headed home his eighth La Liga goal of the season bringing it to 2-0. Las Palmas managed to pull one back through Santana Trujillo, before Jese scored to restore Madrid's 2 goal lead. The scoreline stayed the same until the final whistle, despite Ronaldo almost adding to his tally in the closing minutes. This victory allowed Real Madrid to remain at the top of the table ahead of Barcelona...both teams remain on the same points but Madrid have the better goal difference.

I am so tempted to book tickets for the PSG game tomorrow night...95 euros is justified right?! It's for blog research purposes!

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