2021 started off with high hopes, but it didn’t take long for everything to come crashing down again.
Storm Filomena caused chaos on the roads and wiped out two full weekends of football in the Spanish capital, meaning I only have one match to re-cap for the year so far!
⚽️ Real Madrid Femenino 2-0 Madrid CFF
🏟 Ciudad Real Madrid Campo 11, Madrid
🏆 Primera Iberdrola
💶 Free (Press Access)
After a couple of failed attempts at getting accreditation for Valdebebas, I was finally successful for the 6th January derby day against Madrid CFF (making it my fourth time seeing them this season).
The Ciudad Real Madrid is located right next to the Valdebebas Cercanias stop, so I didn’t have too far to walk once I got off the train from Chamartin. At the entrance I picked up my accreditation (even though my name was misspelled) and a ‘welcome pack’ featuring a spare face mask and a bottle of hand sanitiser.
Campo 11 is located close to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano (currently acting as temporary home to Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema et al) but it is quite a lot smaller, boasting only one small stand, but facing into the sun, it was a lovely venue for my first game of the new year.
The game was an intriguing battle between two very different set-ups. Real Madrid pushed forward from the first minute, with their full backs basically operating as auxiliary wingers. Meanwhile Madrid sat back, soaked up the pressure and waited for the perfect opportunity to release the ball to their strikers, who had the pace to get behind their opponents high line. This almost worked out on a couple of occasions in the first half but it was the home side that scored first, a brilliant first-time volley from Swedish winger Sofia Jakobsson.
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first and Madrid had a huge chance to equalise. On one break they had three outfielders to Real Madrid’s two and with goalkeeper Misa committed early, it looked like Geyse had a simple tap-in to make it 1-1. But almost out of nowhere, left back Olga Carmona appeared with a vital block to prevent the equaliser.
Carmona was then involved in an attacking role, helping start the passing move which finished with Marta Cardona making the game safe for the home side, a well-deserved goal given she had hit the post twice earlier in the contest.
Bar Watch: As it’s Real Madrid’s training ground, would you really expect there to be a bar?
Shop Watch: Likewise, there’s no merchandise on sale on site.
Match Rating: 7/10 – Just getting the long-awaited opportunity to see a match at Valdebebas was exciting enough! That it turned out to be an intriguing tactical contest with two excellent goals was a bonus.