So last night we enjoyed the spectacle of one of the most amazing champions league finals in history as Atletico Madrid went down fighting to Real Madrid in Lisbon, Portugal.
The UEFA Champions league has served up some awesome finals in recent times. In 2005, Liverpool traumatised AC Milan coming from 3-0 down to win the game on penalties. In 2012, Chelsea were on the way to losing in the finals to Bayern Munich before Didier Drogba popped up and scored the headed goal that cemented his name in Chelsea folklore forever. They won on penalties with only Juan Mata missing his penalty.
Last night was similarish. Atletico Madrid coming off winning the Spanish La Liga scored the first goal early in the first half soon right after Diego Costa of the placenta treatment was hauled off injured. Then it was a long game of attacks by Real to get the equaliser led by an underperforming Cristiano Ronaldo and a largely ineffective Gareth Bale. At the very last minute Sergio Ramos scored an equaliser that led to extra time which Real won with three goals from Bale, Marchelo and Ronaldo. Great entertainment. The only thing for me was that the comeback reminded me weirdly enough of that Arsenal champions league finals loss against Barcelona in 2006. That still hurts.
But do you know what was even more awesome as far as this blogger was concerned? The Arsenal Vs Hull FA cup final game last Saturday. The game started even worse for the gunners as Hull rushed into a 2-0 lead and the fightback showed that this club is a serious contender for honours in the new season. The game ended 3-2.
The reactions on the streets of Nairobi were crazy. I walked out of the pub I was reviewing for my column on Moi Avenue and was accosted by a wall of Arsenal fans with banners on the streets. Seeing as I had a few minutes and this looked like it could be a juicy tale I followed them as they went to the front of Nation Centre to celebrate The Arsenal winning a trophy. They were a lot of them at the front of that building yelling, “Si Uchawi! Ni mazoea! (Its not witchcraft! We are used to it!). Also in the chants were praise for the club in general, Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey. That was the most fun I had had in a bit (I don’t get out much).
Meanwhile the reactions to Real Winning the champions league (or Citeh winning the league) were not to be seen. Therefore I am quite correct to state that;
Arsenal Winning FA Cup > Real Winning the UEFA Champions League
How long since Arsenal won a trophy? 8 days. #WengerOut