2020/21 in Pictures: Games 16 and 17

After the storm, football fans in Madrid had to wait a little bit to get back to action. Two whole weekends were wiped out plus half of the following one, but I was able to fit in a couple more matches before January came to an end.

Game 1️⃣6️⃣

⚽️ RCD Carabanchel 2-2 Real Aranjuez

🏟 Estadio La Mina de Carabanchel, Madrid

🏆 Tercera Division Group 7

📅 24.1.2021

💶 €10

Two weeks on from the snowfall, Filomena continued to cast a shadow over football in Madrid. Although most of the snow had melted by this time, it hadn’t happened quickly enough to allow some teams to resume training ahead of the weekend.

Real Aranjuez were one of the teams in this situation and actually asked for the game to be postponed, only for Carabanchel to turn down their request, which was their right, although probably not in the best interests of fair play.

Despite their lack of preparation it was the visitors who took an early lead through Cuchillo after four minutes. As much as I’d like to say the Aranjuez player sliced through the home defence (for pun purposes) it came after a bit of a scramble where Carabanchel were unable to clear and the ball eventually broke for him to fire home.

Carabanchel hit back on 18 minutes when Edu Río squeezed the ball in from a tight angle after the Aranjuez goalkeeper had done well to block a low shot from the left flank. And the turnaround was completed four minutes later when a long throw was flicked on and hammered into the net on the volley by Navarro.

Now well on top, Cara looked for a third goal which would deal their victory but couldn’t make their dominance count and the longer it stayed at 2-1, the more Aranjuez felt that they could get something. And get something they did, equalising through Lora in the 78th minute.

Carabanchel spent most of the time remaining encamped in the Aranjuez half, laying siege to the penalty box, but there were no further goals and the visitors escaped with a well-deserved point.

Bar Watch: Although it had been open back in December, the bar at La Mina was closed on this occasion. As were the bars immediately across the road from the ground, so I was made to regret skipping my morning coffee on my way to the Metro.

Shop Watch: Once again, the shop kiosk was given over entirely to selling tickets.

Match Rating: 8.5/10 – Two of the best games I’ve seen so far this season have been at La Mina. The pre-match narrative definitely added a bit more tension to this one.

Game 1️⃣7️⃣

⚽️ Villaverde 1-1 CD El Álamo

🏟 Estadio Boetticher, Madrid

🏆 Tercera Division Group 7

📅 31.1.2021

💶 €5

As you know, it’s always nice to see Botti. But that hadn’t been possible since early December due to a combination of Covid-19 and Filomena wiping out all of their fixtures since then.

Despite this long enforced break, Botti didn’t show too many signs of ring-rustiness as they took the game to El Álamo early on.

It was a reasonably competitive game throughout, albeit one lacking in goalmouth excitement until the final stages. A decent performance from the home side looked to have been in vain when El Álamo took the lead in the 89th minute. A soft free kick was awarded in the middle of the Villaverde half and was lofted into the box for Boriba to power in a header.

But there was still enough time for another twist in the tale. In the second minute of stoppage time, a good move down the right ended with the ball being crossed for Álvaro Muguruza, who capped his debut by holding off the defender and beating the ‘keeper to equalise. It was the very least Botti deserved.

Bar Watch: The usual kiosk on my side of the ground was open and was busy before, during and after the match.

Shop Watch: The usual scarves were on sale in the kiosk. Need to find out where I can get myself a Botti shirt though!

Match Rating: 7/10 – As a 0-0, it was an unexceptional 6, when it looked like it was going to be a demoralising defeat, it sunk to a 5. Botti’s equaliser lifted it up a whole two points!

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