Barca, Madrid draw lively Clasico


The Spanish La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid has ended in a 2-all draw.

With Barcelona having wrapped up the league and Real preparing to play in the Champions League final later in the month, the Clasico lacked some of the hype that normally precedes it, but the match was thrilling encounter across the 90 minutes.

Luis Suarez fired the hosts into an early lead, volleying in Sergi Roberto's cross from the right.

And perhaps more pertinently, Los Blancos are now sweating on the fitness of Ronaldo after he was forced off at half-time with a foot injury sustained in the process of scoring his equalising goal.

Real Madrid refused to give Barcelona a guard of honour before El Clasico, but Gerard Pique had club staff form one to applaud the team off the pitch.

Barca, already crowned champions, remain 15 points ahead of Real in the table but this clash was about more than just points.

First and foremost is how come Barcelona was sitting so far back and letting their opponent play their game, yet Real was not able to find enough opportunities?

No team in the modern era of La Liga has managed to go through an entire season undefeated yet Barca are now 270 minutes away from achieving that feat.

"He is a bit anxious, as the ankle is a bit swollen", said Real head coach Zinedine Zidane afterwards.

"It was a very intense Clasico and we all want to win, in a game of this kind there is always tension", Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde told reporters.

Gareth Bale has had a up-and-down career in Madrid since moving from Spurs four years ago, mainly due to injuries rather than form. We both went out to play. But it was another magnificent goal, one again involving Suarez, who set Messi up, before the Argentine moved back on himself and shot the ball through a tight angle.

The report also quotes Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos who said that Messi put pressure on the referee during the break.

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

Marcelo was denied a stonewall penalty in the second-half while Jordi Alba could count his blessings for not getting sent off or even a caution after grabbing Luka Modric's throat in the first-half.