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Essien keeps Messi in check in El Clasico stalemate

Published on: 31 January 2013

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Ghana star midfielder Michael Essien was top of the match for Real Madrid as they played a pulsating one-all stalemate with Barcelona in the Coppa del Rey on Wednesday night. 

The Chelsea loanee, 30, was assigned to right-back by Jose Mourinho at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu and he hugely impressed.

Essien policed Madrid's right-back and put up a man of the match display keeping world footballer of the year Lionel Messi in close check.

On the 16th minute, Messi succeeded in breaching the Madrid central defence and was on his way to scoring the opener for Barcelona when Essien popped up to overpower him and rescue Madrid.

He also put Cristiano Ronaldo through on two occasions with incisive crosses but the Portuguese man failed to convert the chances.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Troy says:
    January 31, 2013 10:10 am
    Yeaahh right Essien really Impressed me lastnight what a fabulous display by him. I thought Essien can't match the pace of classico but I was proved wrong lastnite. He actually saved Real Madrid countless times
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    January 31, 2013 10:31 am
    When Essien returns, Black Stars will be almighty! He shoud play as a right back for us too. Can you imagine Kwadwo as a left-back, Essien as a right-back for Ghana. With this defence we can match every attacking side in the world.
  • Zambia can neva host afcon says:
    January 31, 2013 10:32 am
    hope he'll be fit for the wc qualifies?
  • alligator says:
    January 31, 2013 10:35 am
    the bull is back
  • Viper says:
    January 31, 2013 10:55 am
    "the bull is back" says the 'Alligator',you can't make this up..
  • BlackStar Tactician says:
    January 31, 2013 06:11 pm
    "the bull is back" says the 'Alligator', and uprove by the Viper himself.
  • hafiz abdul mutallib says:
    January 31, 2013 07:26 pm
    evn C Ronaldo claped 4 him 4 dat chalng against messi
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    February 01, 2013 01:25 am