A Season in Pictures: Games 28 and 29

Game 28: Fuenlabrada 0-0 Real Valladolid B (Estadio Fernando Torres, Madrid – 30.3.2018)

I spent a few days in Madrid over Easter week (Semana Santa in Spain) and I had high hopes of being able to take in a couple of matches. I had my sights set on a first visit to A Stadium Called Wanda as Atletico Madrid v Depor was set for that weekend, but when the kick off times were finally released, disaster. It was the late kick off on Sunday, at which point I would be on a train somewhere in Castilla-La Mancha on my way home.

And so began the hunt for a substitute. Thankfully Madrid can provide plenty of options on that front and I eventually settled on a very long trip south into Zone B2 of the city’s metro system to go and see Segunda B promotion contenders Fuenlabrada take on Real Valladolid B.

And it was a stinker.

One of the 0-0-est of all the 0-0s I’ve seen this season (and that’s saying something considering how many Recre games I’ve seen) the players in this game seemed barely more alert than I was for the early kick-off. Weirdly the best player on show was one I remembered watching last season at Recre, Antonio Dominguez, who came closer than anyone to breaking the deadlock.

Barry doing his rounds

One positive though… I did get my first glimpse of Fuenla’s terrifying/amazing giant chicken mascot Kiriko (or Barry to any listeners of The Spanish Football Podcast)

Game 29: Recreativo 2-0 Córdoba B (Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva (8.4.2018)

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