«The Mallorca players were going like motorcycles. Do you remember Iker? The Asturian referee César Muñiz Fernández hinted today on the Ibai Llanos YouTube channel that Barcelona gave priority to the vermilion footballers in the last League match of the 2006-07 season so that they would score at the Santiago Bernabéu against a Real Madrid that needed to win to become league champion. The team led by Gregorio Manzano took the lead on the scoreboard with a goal from Fernando Varela, but could not hold on in the second half and succumbed 3-1.
“What happened? “What happened?” asked Piqué, who was in the studio with Ibai after Muñiz Fernández asked Iker Casillas, who was Real Madrid’s goalkeeper in that match played in June 2007, which, of course, He directed the Asturian referee. “I was at Zaragoza that season,” the former Catalan international defender recalled, but the Asturian referee did not go beyond the first sentence, perhaps surprised by the resonance of his words.
Real Madrid and Barcelona were tied on 73 points on the last day of the League, but with the goal average favorable to the whites, led by the Italian Fabio Capello. Madrid needed to beat Mallorca at the Bernabéu, while Barcelona had a procedure in the field of the bottom team, Nàstic de Tarragona, relegated to the Second Division for many days.
Throughout the week there was speculation in Palma that Barcelona had offered a substantial bonus to Mallorca for scoring in Real Madrid’s field, and the truth is that after 16 minutes of the game Gregorio Manzano’s team took the lead with a goal from Varela, who shortly after was about to score 0-2. The game also became uphill for the leader since in the 32nd minute their center forward, the Dutchman Ruud Van Nistelrooy, was injured, although shortly after Mallorca lost Nunes for the same reason.
The game changed radically after the break. Reyes replaced Beckham in the 65th minute, also injured, and two minutes later he scored the tying goal. The Malian Diarra scored 2-1 in the 79th minute and Reyes himself rounded off the score in the 82nd. Real Madrid were proclaimed league champions and Mallorca finished the season in twelfth position.
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