At last! The 2020/21 season is properly up and running and fans are returning to football in Madrid, albeit in limited numbers.
Needless to say I was keen to get a piece of the action.
⚽️ Móstoles CF 1-3 DAV Santa Ana
🏟 Estadio Municipal El Soto, Móstoles
I think everything here was actually secondary to the fact the match was even taking place and the fact that fans were allowed to attend!
It had been six months and a day since I last went to a match – Artistico Navalcarnero 0-1 Pozuelo de Alarcon on 8th March – and in that time the world had changed massively. Back then idea of wearing a face mask seemed ludicrous, no one was panic buying toilet roll, I’d never even heard of Zoom!
I’ve already talked about the whole occasion in another post, so here I’ll stick to the specifics of the game.
It was a decent enough spectacle, considering how long the players had been without any form of competitive football and especially considering Santa Ana were only announced as playing with about 24 hours notice. They played by far the better football in the first half and went close a number of time before breaking the deadlock and then doubling their lead with a well-struck free kick just before the break.
It was 3-0 early on in the second half before Móstoles pulled a goal back, thanks to a huge deflection on a shot. The game rather petered out after that, with only a spot of late-game handbags on the far side being of much interest.
Shop Watch: Unfortunately there was no sign of any merchandise on sale at the game although I did spot someone disappearing into a room at the back of the stand and emerging with a scarf for a photo opportunity with someone at pitchside.
Bar Watch: There is a decent-sized bar with an outdoor terrace inside the ground but unfortunately it remained closed. Whether this was due to Covid security measures or just down to it being a friendly, I’m not sure.
Match Rating: 7/10 – As far as friendlies go, this one wasn’t bad, but it was more about the sense of occasion and finally being able to go to a stadium again.
⚽️ Atlético de Pinto 2-2 CD Coslada
🏟 Estadio Amelia del Castillo, Pinto
💶 Free Entry!
A 10am kick off meant an early alarm before I headed to Chamartin to catch the train south. Fortunately once I arrived in Pinto, the Estadio Amelia de Castillo was just about a 20 minute walk from the station.
The ground was well set up for social distancing, with five seats in every other row of the stand set aside for supporters (they were admitting up to 600) and while I doubt there was anywhere close to that figure, those who did turn up saw a pretty entertaining game.
With both sides wearing training gear and the absence of linesmen, it had more of an air of a training session than a game, but the two sides combined to produce a game good enough to blow away the Saturday morning cobwebs.
Coslada, who are playing in the Preferente this season twice took the lead against their Tercera opponents, only to be pegged back both times.
The first goal came from a near move, which drew out the Pinto goalkeeper allowing the striker to finish into an empty net. But this was swiftly cancelled out as Pinto’s Rentero reacted quickest to a save from the Coslada goalkeeper to score from close range.
The visitors restored their lead just after the break courtesy of a fine left-footed free kick curled beyond the reach of the goalkeeper, but this time their lead barely lasted two minutes. Coslada could only clear a cross to the edge of the box and it fell perfectly for a Pinto player who hit it first time, rifling it into the net.
And that was that as far as the scoring went.
Shop Watch: Sadly nothing on sale on the day. It sounds like they’ll have re-stocked in time for the start of the new season.
Bar Watch: Excellent bar under the main stand. Nice and spacious, bottles of hand sanitiser on every table, a display of memorabilia on the wall and a creepy mannequin wearing the club’s kit. What’s not to love?
Match Rating: 7/10 – Nothing really happened for long periods, but when it burst into life it was great fun! What more could you want from a friendly with free entry at 10am on a Saturday?