El Clasico ends in stalemate as Messi, Ronaldo score

by Leon Thompson May 7, 2018, 7:47
El Clasico ends in stalemate as Messi, Ronaldo score

Marco Asensio came on to replace Ronaldo at the second half of Sunday's match, but though Barcelona were down to 10 men following a red card to Sergi Roberto, the hosts soon took the lead through Lionel Messi's strike in the 53rd minute.

"We watched an incredible game of football and I can't say if the draw is fair or not", said Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who would not be drawn on the referee's performance.

Barca defender Sergi Roberto had been sent off right at the end of the first half for clashing with Marcelo, provoking fury among the home side's players and supporters as moments earlier Real forward Gareth Bale had gotten away with a studs-up challenge on Samuel Umtiti.

Overall, though, both sets of players were happy with the draw, which keeps La Liga champions Barca on track to become the first side to go through a 38-game campaign in Spain's top flight unbeaten. "It's not a worry for the Champions League final.we're all going to be there".

Despite scoring at the Nou Camp against Barcelona, Ronaldo was withdrawn at halftime after picking up a knock courtesy of a late Gerard Pique tackle.

After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zinedine Zidane chose to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement.

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"Even though we weren't playing for anything, these matches are different and special, I enjoyed it".

The tension began to rise as Alba and Modric squared up, so did Suárez and Sergio Ramos, before Messi was booked for a foul on the Madrid captain.

Ramos also felt that Suarez was guilty of time wasting in the second half, which is why he didn't put the ball out when the Barca forward appeared to be down injured.

Ronaldo stayed on the bench and, without its star, Madrid couldn't impose its numerical advantage.

Messi looked poised to get another goal but Bale made it 2-2 by using one touch to curl Asensio's pass around Ter Stegen.

Alaves routed Malaga 3-0, and Getafe beat Las Palmas 1-0.

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