Real Madrid's recovery What is the limit for Vinicius? Sergio Ramos has certainly come up big for Real Madrid in the past, most notably in the 93rd minute of the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in 2014, and he showed that same spirit against Girona on Thursday night as he scored two key goals in the 4-2 Copa del Rey victory. With the score at 1-1, Ramos scored a Panenka-style penalty, sending it straight down the middle; after Girona had made it 2-2, Ramos once again eased Madrid's minds by powerfully heading past Gorka Iraizoz to put Los Blancos in the lead. The centre-back has always been a defender with the soul of a striker and on nights like last night, Madrid are thankful to have another option in attack. In fact, after his brace against Girona, Ramos is now the third top scorer at Madrid this season on nine goals, one behind Gareth Bale in second and four behind Karim Benzema's 13; he is an emergency No. 9 and an excellent captain. Aside from scoring important … [Read more...] about The spirit of Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid all in for the Copa It was another victory for Real Madrid on Thursday night against Girona, with Sergio Ramos leading his side with two goals, one of which came in the form of a 'Panenka' penalty. Los Blancos are firmly in control of the Copa del Rey quarterfinal thanks to another impressive performance at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos seems intent on leading his side to a trophy that he has yet to lift as captain, with a brace that puts Madrid in the driving seat. He netted his seventh penalty of the season in audacious fashion, his fourth Panenka, leading to the question: is there anybody in world football who is better at penalties than Madrid's no.4? It would be curious to count the number of times that Odriozola has crashed against the advertising boarders. When the full-backs charges forward, he is unstoppable to the point that he runs out of pitch to sprint on. His depth allowed Lucas Vazquez the space to score the first goal. Alcala only lasted 45 … [Read more...] about Does anyone in the world take penalties better than Sergio Ramos
Does anyone in the world take penalties better than Sergio Ramos Real Madrid were once again not at their best on Thursday, yet Los Blancos secured a 4-2 first-leg victory over Girona with Sergio Ramos confirming that his Panenka penalty is a way of expressing his individuality on the pitch. The defender netted a brace, with his team needing a leader after Girona took a shock lead in the seventh minute of play at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. "Taking a penalty in this manner is a way of expressing my individuality and the good moment I'm living through," he explained in his post-match interview. "I'm in a very comfortable personal moment right now. "These penalties keep coming, but I can't get used to taking them in this way, I'll have to put it to one side." Karim Benzema continues to play through the pain barrier after suffering a broken bone in his hand, and his captain was quick to praise the efforts of the Frenchman. "He's a great player," he admitted. "He's very important … [Read more...] about Sergio Ramos: Taking a penalty in this manner is a way of expressing my individuality
Sergio Ramos scored yet another Panenka penalty in Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg against Girona on Thursday. The Real Madrid defender has taken over penalty duties since the summer of departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, and so far is doing an impeccable job. The captain of Los Blancos has taken seven spot-kicks this season and has a 100 per cent record so far. Even more impressive is the fact that the defender has scored four of those in the famous Panenka style, dinking the ball down the middle of the goal. Ramos has surpassed 100 goals for the club, and if he carries on taking penalties as he has so far this campaign, there will be many more to come. … [Read more...] about Sergio Ramos scores another Panenka
Rodrygo comes up against Lucas Alarcon, Chile and the home crowd Sergio Ramos posted a pensive photo on social media and received a curious reply from Isco. With it having been reported in recent days that the centre-back and midfielder don't talk to each other, the former Malaga man joked about the claim in the comments section. "Are you aware that we don't talk?" Isco wrote. "That's what someone has thought." The midfielder added a couple of shrugging emojis. … [Read more...] about Isco to Sergio Ramos: Are you aware that we don’t talk?