What a cup final that was, Atlético Madrid beating Real Madrid in Bernabeu stadium to take the title, their first win over their old rivals in fourteen years! Most of the fun and games happened in extra time, but before that Mourinho managed to get himself sent off for arguing with referee Clos Gómez, a man who he has clashed with before (see White Stick section for more!).
Tempers frayed near the end though, Ronaldo given a straight red card for a retaliatory flying kick at Gabi, and Gabi himself also sent off for a second bookable offence near the end. Handbags were out as players and coaching staff jostled each other on the touchline, with Diego Costa throwing a punch at someone and Pepe getting in to the fray, even though he shouldn't even have been there as he was not even in the squad! Hey ho, just another normal day in Spanish football!
In the end Mourinho was suspended for two games and Gabi and Ronaldo for one, and Ronaldo got a second ban for clocking up three yellow cards in the competition, as did Mario Suárez. Suspensions have to be served out in next season's Copa del Rey though (if they are still in Spain?), so all will be available for the last two league fixtures of the season.
Only eight games at the weekend, with two red cards in all, one of which for Osasuna substitute Nano just ten minutes after he came on for giving away a penalty on Granada's Brahimi. On Monday Sevilla's Reyes was also given a straight red for protesting a poor refereeing decision whilst on the touchline warming up, and his season is over subject to appeal as he was given a two match ban.
Another seven players will miss the penultimate round of matches after reaching the five yellow card threshold, Real Sociedad's Carlos Vela, who picked up his tenth booking of the season, and Manuel Pablo (Deportivo), Arizmendi (Mallorca), Adrián González (Rayo), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla) and Pinter (Zaragoza), of whom were given their fifth. (22.05.13)
(* suspension pending disciplinary meeting decision)
|Villains||Yellow cards||Red cards (straight)||Games banned||Total points|
|Medel (Sevilla)||12||4 (2)||9||27|
|Alexis (Getafe)||12||2 (2)||8||24|
|Alvaro (Zaragoza)||14||2 (2)||6||24|
|Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol)||18||1 (1)||4||24|
|Ramos (Real Madrid)||13||2||7||22|
|Gabi (Atlético Madrid)||15||2 (1)||3*||21|
|Ander Herrera (Athletic)||12||2 (1)||5||20|
|Mario Suárez (Atlético)||14||2||4*||20|
|Fernando Navarro (Sevilla)||12||2 (1)||3||18|
|Gálvez (Rayo Vallecano)||14||1||3||18|
|Pedro López (Levante)||12||2||3||17|
|Ricardo Costa (Valencia)||12||2||3||17|
|Diego Castro (Getafe)||13||1||3||17|
|Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)||15||0||2||17|