Wednesday, October 22, 2008

That Atlético match kind of sputtered out

Hard to take much from the long-anticipated visit to the Vicente Calderón today. When Rafa took Keane and Gerrard off so soon in the second half, his priorities were revealed. He didn't much care what happened in Madrid because the Champions League group is set up for Liverpool to advance and, quite possibly, finish top of the group.

The most remarkable thing was the referee, I guess. Keane was a tad offside on his goal, but Benayoun was unfairly judged offside on his goal. That one should have counted. Atlético's first goal was disallowed when it should have stood, so perhaps it ended up even after all. I couldn't help but fail to be moved in the final 10 minutes. I would have been mildly moved with a Liverpool or Atlético winner. They're in control in the group, and, like Rafa, after about an hour, my attention had shifted to Chelsea on Sunday.

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