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On this week’s football review we feature Champions League hero Raul, a goalkeeping gaffe and a spot of petulance from Neymar. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.
When Raul left Real Madrid for German side Schalke at the end of last season most people thought that the move was the start of a retirement for the former Spanish international. However, Raul has won over the German supporters with his work rate, skill and obvious eye for goal. In Europe, in particular, his experience has proved vital as he has helped the German side to an unprecedented semi-final place, at the expense of holders Inter Milan. Raul scored the first and made the second in the 2-1 second leg victory that gave his side an impressive 7-3 aggregate win. It was also Raul’s 71st Champions League – the most by any player in the competition’s history – and who is to bet against him extending that record in the semi-final games against Manchester United. Indeed, any bets against seeing Raul play against his former colleagues at Madrid in the final at Wembley?
It’s been fun being a Spurs fan in this season’s Champions League but we all knew it would come to an end at some stage. Pity it had to be at White Hart Lane and pity it had to be a goalkeeping gaffe that handed Real Madrid their victory. Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelio Gomes seems to have returned to the nervy player he was when he first arrived at the club – his sending off at Inter Milan, the Cristiano Ronaldo goal in Madrid and now this fumbled error means that Gomes’ Champions League memories are perhaps not as good as some of his colleagues.
Neymar is in the news again after the talented but temperamental Brazilian star was sent off in a recent Copa Libertadores game between his team Santos and Chilean side Colo Colo. Neymar, already on a yellow card, had scored a wonderful goal and then in his celebration he picked up a mask of himself that had been thrown from the crowd and for this the referee produced a second yellow and then a red card. A bizarre sending off indeed.
has won over: To get the fans behind you – perhaps at first they were a bit sceptical about you
eye for goal: To be a good striker, scorer of many goals
an unprecedented: Never been done before; the first time
at the expense of: Instead of, beat
second leg: The second of two games in a knockout competition
gaffe: Big mistake, a howler
fumbled error: A mistake when a keeper drops the ball