Malaga took the champs league by storm this year by making it all the way to the quarterfinals and getting within minutes of advancing to the semifinals. German spoilers Borussia Dortmund felt a bout of FOMO coming on themselves and quickly extinguished Malaga's UCL dreams with 2 goals in just 3 minutes.
The sad tale of David rising from the ashes and conquering the mighty Goliath ended like a bad breakup: name-calling, outlandish claims of unfairness, and of course, nobody willing to take the blame.
So maybe you haven't been missing out on Malaga because they've been on FOX soccer every once in awhile the past couple of months. However, it's likely you weren't really watching intently. Who wanted Malaga to have to face Barcelona or Real Madrid in the semis? NOBODY. We all expected Dortmund's frightening fan display to cause a Malaga meltdown in the first few minutes of play. Inconceivably, that choke-job occurred in extra-time. An extra-time that will go down as one of the hardest pills to swallow in UCL history.
A quick breakdown of what we're all missing in the semifinals:
- 20-year-old Isco, who cooled transfer speculation in January by giving his contract a boost. Defenses, beware: Isco leads Malaga with 8 goals on the season as Malaga sit in 5th place in La Liga. (Or, as any sane person would argue, 3rd place. Barcelona and Real Madrid need to be promoted to the All-Universe Liga, which is Spanglish for "they're just way too good for everyone else.")
- Another player leaves a trail of fire behind him wherever he goes: Joaquin. Would you like to know why this YouTube video of lightning footballer Joaquin has less than 13,000 reads? It's because you don't know about your FOMO yet. Spread the word.
His feet are wizards! Go to 1:30 in the above video. And no, that isn't Neymar.
- Roque Santa Cruz. Even though he's heading to Brazil and belongs to Man City, football fans will be sad to see him leave Malaga. Almost too sad. Speaking of almost, he's almost Paraguay's most prolific scorer. Almost.