Montilivi went from screaching Sunday to Messi for wanting to arbitrate the Barça game and provoke the expulsion of Bernardo to applaud Karim Benzema last night. There were some Madridistas on the Girona field this Thursday. And the battering ram was as delicious as in Cornellà. Today not only Benzema's goals are counted, which are 17, but analyzed by repeated and different, such that Hugo Sánchez was. The Mexican was the end of the excellent associative game of the Quinta del Buitre and the French is the auctioneer of the socialized football of the Solari team.
The technician does not want his team to lose the thread of play or the spirit recovered after many days of grief in LaLiga. So in a seemingly quiet game of Copa, and winner in the first leg by 4-2, he ordered an alignment with no other transcendent concession than the absence of Modric, the axis on which Madrid's joy revolves. Although Marcelo was there, the defenders and front forwards played and, of course, Benzema. There is no place at the moment for Bale and least for Isco.
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Girona understood that the weak point of Madrid was the left side and charged his attack by the side of Marcelo. The minute had already counted a shot to the stick to the exit of a lack launched by Granell and a pair of very frank and poorly resolved arrivals by Choco Lozano before the defiant look of the striker Stuani.
Even when only four footballers from the formation that played against Barça on Sunday, Girona played with a lot of intensity against relaxed Madrid. He went and came Keylor's ball to Gorka because he also repeatedly faced Vinicius and adorned Benzema. The French striker is not only admired for his technical gestures, always soft and elegant, never strident, but for his decisive goals, also in the Cup. Benzema marked the differences when the match was still open in Montilivi.
The striker leaned on Lucas Vázquez and crossed with the left-footed shot that slipped through the right side of Iraizoz: 0-1. And, a little later, after Lozano insisted on his starts and Stuani missed a single shot against Navas, he scored the second, enabled by a Vinicius heel. Benzema put an excellent thread with the right to the left side of the goal of Girona. It was hard for Iraizoz to stop while Keylor was led by Granell's excellent left foot. The Girona midfielder did not have aim nor Stuani for luck of the Madrid.
Despite the consistency of Llorente, the Madridistas found it difficult to have the leather, erratic in the pass, discontinuous in their football, given to the skill of Vinicius and the virtuosity of Benzema. The entertainment lasted an hour because Solari decided to change his center forward to give entrance to the recovered Asensio while Eusebio removed Stuani. Dejected Lozano by Marcelo, Girona saved efforts, aware of his delicate situation in LaLiga, and gave himself to his Perelada players.
The team of Eusebio has fallen a series of games that have left him exhausted, not surrendered, always competitive, without luck in the decisive moments of the game, shot down by undetectable figures such as Benzema and Messi. Girona deserved a reward for his effort and he found it in an entrance on the right wing of Pachón that Pedro Porro finished off very well. A goal probably seen before in the subsidiary of Girona and that betrayed the disinterest of Madrid, refreshed with Bale while Isco was still sitting.
The Madridistas woke up with Llorente after a shot to the post of Lucas. The midfielder, always very much in the game, appeared in the opposite field and at the entrance of the area crossed a shot that Iraizoz could not answer either. Llorente's intervention put an end to any aspiration of Girona despite the efforts of the unstoppable Pedro Porro, and helped calm Madrid, the fourth semifinalist of the Cup. Solari's team has recovered its aspirations coperas, also in the Champions League, while announcing not faint in LaLiga even when it is 10 points from Barca de Messi. Nothing seems impossible since he has recovered the best version of Karim Benzema, a soccer dancer who right now has dynamite on his feet of 9. And once the goal is recovered, Madrid does not lack game, and even less if Benzema is accompanies Modric.