Morientes' magic keeps on
working and it is undoubtedly a guarantee. He had been on the pitch for
hardly four minutes as Ronaldo's replacement when he scored the first of
the night. Then, past fulltime, he hit the second target that paved the
way to the qualification for the Champions League. The game was very
intense with chances coming up for both sides. There were many positive
aspects in the play shown by Camacho's boys, one of them being the
concentration that brought a third straight game with no goals against.
Besides, Samuel did an excellent job in the centre of the defence, while
Figo's devotion in the middle line was remarkable. The second leg (August
25th, Santiago Bernabéu) is now less of a strain with today's 0-2.
Nobody in the packed Station Wisla Stadium had a doubt about it. The
showdown started frantically, with no interruptions and with lots of
approaches to both areas, especially to the local one. The game was
lively and nice to watch, so Madrid tried to make the most of it.
Roberto Carlos and Figo made the opening moves with three shots on goal
in the early ten minutes of play. Wisla's goal was in danger, but it was
Casillas who finaly got the scare, as Zienczuk came up with a charge
that was close to end up with the white keeper beaten.
Samuel began to stand out as the best player on the pitch as the game
went on. Then there was the Zidane-Figo partnership, which proved very
efficient. However, the rhythm of the play was bound to wear off for two
reasons: firstly the early stage of the season and secondly five players
had to be replaced in the break. But then the goal-scoring opportunities
kept coming up. The local defence cleared a shot that Zidaned had fired
very precisely, then the Portuguese's raid almost provoked an own-goal
in the local area (34'), and just three minutes before, Casillas had
stopped Uche from making the most of a loose ball in the area. The
midfield was like a kind of stopover.
A rearrangement seemed very necessary as halftime was drawing near. The
beginning of the second half proved very stressing for both coaches.
Cantoro was close, so was Beckham, and Zurawski and Helguera saved the
goal right under the woodwork; Raúl and Ronaldo also missed it by inches.
The rhythm of the game got crazy once again while Guti, Morientes and
Celades began with the warming-up. Wisla was showing some the very good
skills that Camacho had previously warned about. In the meantime, Madrid
was also doing its best football as its players did not even show any
sign of tiredness.
Morientes comes on to score
Camacho did not wait any longer and sent Guti and Morientes on (67') to
replace Zidane and Ronaldo, so the tactics did not change much. It
seemed that the white 8 was still in his good streak when he hit (71').
It was a move coming from the right flank and Beckahm rounded it off
shooting right by the inside of the far post. Raúl could not make it but
Morientes was there to score his first official goal with Madrid after
his year off.
The only thing left for the locals to do was a exploit and they really
got all the support of their fans to do so. The cheering cries were
constantly heard, but Samuel was there like a wall. The Argentinean
player did very well on his debut with his new club. Camacho sent
Celades on for Pavón (84') and Helguera moved back to the defence.
However, we still were to see Morientes' double when the time was
running out. The white forward consolidated his team's good standing in
the round with another target. The Whites will have to give no nasty
surprise next Saturday, August 25th at Bernabéu.
0 - WISLA KRAKOW: Majdan; Baszczynsky, Klos, Glowacki, Mijailovic; Uche
(Gorawski 62´), Szymkowiak, Cantoro, Zienczuk (Kukielka 81´); Zurawski
and Frankowski (Kuzba 76´).
2 - REAL MADRID: Casillas; Míchel Salgado, Pavón (Celades 84´), Samuel,
Roberto Carlos; Helguera, Beckham, Figo, Zidane (Guti 67´); Raúl and
Ronaldo (Morientes 67´).
0-1, min.71: Beckham's centre shot and Morientes, standing at the far
post, chips the ball into the net.
0-2, min.90: Roberto Carlos' advance, and, just like in the first goal,
Morientes was watching the far post very closely.
REFEREE: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland). He cautioned Samuel (43´), Pavón
OTHER FACTS: Champions League preliminary stage, third round, first leg..
Stadion Wisla Krakow S.S.A., full (10,000 spectators). Florentino Pérez
watched the match from the royal box. Real Madrid wore its second kit
for the first time, the black one.