“Although unbeaten since their loss to Barcelona in December, Madrid had wobbled, drawing against Málaga, Villarreal and Valencia to allow the Catalans to close the gap to just four points. Barça had won their 11 previous games but for once they found themselves deservedly beaten, losing to Cristiano Ronaldo’s coolly-taken 73rd-minute strike after Sami Khedira’s opener had been cancelled out by Alexis Sánchez. It was Madrid’s first win at Camp Nou during Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona tenure and it felt like the end of an era. The title duly followed.”
This week’s Pitchside Europe blog for Eurosport, on the 10 games that shaped the 2011-2012 season, can be found here.