Thursday, December 20, 2007
Alicante 1 Real Madrid 1 19th December 2007
The copious graffiti on the walls of the tower blocks, as you pass to & from the airport, tells you something but I'm not sure what.
Its breezy along the seafront as you view the expensive yachts moored in the marina.
The centre is reasonably busy though some of the shops & restaurants are closed.
The rock overlooks everything as its always done.
Alicante in winter.
And Real Madrid are in town for the first leg of the Copa Del Rey.
On the night many locals turned out, some 16.000, to see plenty of big names (Guti, Robben, Dudek, Heinze,Gago,Metzelder etc) in the Madrid line up, hoping to see their boys , from the Spanish 3rd level, 'get a result'.
They nearly did.
Creating more chances Alicante score from a penalty (no Dudek heroics) early on in the 2nd half & nearly hold on against a fairly lacklustre Madrid (Gago being one of the few to show some urgency)
Its left to Equatorial Guinea's Balboa, a sub, to head the equaliser from a corner in added time.
But, one has to assume, Real will prevail easily enough in the 2nd leg.
food & drink of choice - tapas, beer & a caipirinha
starbucks count = 0