El Clasico ends in stalemate as Messi, Ronaldo score

El Clasico ends in stalemate as Messi, Ronaldo score

El Clasico ends in stalemate as Messi, Ronaldo score

The match grew testy as the first half wore on, with Messi handed a yellow card for a hard tackle on Sergio Ramos and Roberto being shown straight red for violent conduct after throwing a punch at Marcelo before half-time.

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. Ramos said the dispute continued down the tunnel, with Messi at the centre of the complaining. "I don't know if in the second half [he] would have done things differently [without that pressure]".

The challenge from Gerard Pique had come as Ronaldo cancelled out Luis Suarez's opener before Sergi Roberto was sent off on the stroke of half-time for an altercation with Real defender Marcelo. The diminutive Argentine scored to give Barca the lead albeit in controversial circumstance.

However, Gareth Bale produced an excellent curling shot to better Messi's and draw Real level at 2-2.

The other one was Suarez's challenge on Varane before Messi's goal, with the Uruguayan striker admitting that he was surprised a foul wasn't called after he clearly tripped the France worldwide. "The game had a little bit of everything, I imagine it was very tough to referee".

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It was one of a number of questionable decisions from referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez, as both teams departed wondering what might have been.

Both sides pushed for a victor and Real could have had a penalty when Jordi Alba caught Marcelo but Barca clung on to remain unbeaten in the league with three games to go.

"When an opponent is down on the floor and you think it's serious you normally kick the ball out of play". "But knowing his style and his way of playing, he was [looking] to waste time".

And his players have opted against showing Barcelona respect in that way for tomorrow's game.

However, there was to be no more drama as Barcelona withstood Real's risky corner kicks deep into stoppage time to preserve the Catalans' unbeaten season after 35 rounds of La Liga matches, and 42 games overall.

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"It was a great game", Suarez said.

"We had a good opportunity to win today, clearly, we had a lot of chances to score, especially in the first half. A draw's not a bad result, mind, considering how the game went".

"Our quest continues to finish the league without a loss", said Andres Iniesta, who played his 38th and final game against Madrid before he leaves the club after 16 seasons this summer.

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As you would expect of any fanbase in Europe, Liverpool supporters are anxious about Cristiano Ronaldo heading into the European Cup final in Kiev on the 26th of May.

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When asked if the match had lived up to its "decaffeinated" billing, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said: "Decaf? We would have liked to break [Barcelona's] run, but preparing for Kiev is the key now".

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