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3 things that went wrong for Real Madrid against Barcelona

May 25 2018, 03:01 | Van Peters

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Ronaldo appeared to sustain a knock to his ankle as he bundled home a 14th-minute equaliser for Real at the Camp Nou.

Down to 10 men, Barcelona took the lead against the run of play when Suarez picked out Messi at the top of the Madrid penalty area and the Argentine took two touches to his left and curled a shot in at the near post to make the score 2-1.

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.

Real Madrid, which labored through part of the league season but got it together and reached a fourth Champions League final in five years, would love nothing more than to play spoiler while also having an eye on catching Atletico Madrid for second place in the league.

After the match, Zidane told the media: "He doesn't feel good now, but I don't think it is anything serious. Tomorrow we will travel, then we will see if there is any change". "He is a little anxious because his ankle is a bit swollen but he said it was only minor".

Instead, the Camp Nou was treated to a heated contest and four goals, including Lionel Messi's strike which ensured 10-man Barcelona salvaged a 2-2 draw and remained undefeated in the league this season.

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"We've spoken a lot about this", Valverde said.

"I enjoyed this Clasico, even if it wasn't played in the best conditions, they're games to enjoy".

Bale had risked getting sent off for raking his studs against Samuel Umtiti's leg but escaped without a booking on that occasion and Roberto was sent off moments later for striking Marcelo after an off-the-ball tussle. "But it was the referee's decision".

La Liga announced in November that a video assistant referee (VAR) system will be implemented from the 2018-19 campaign, and Zidane suggested its presence in the Clasico may have altered the result. Obviously, we want to win, irrelevant of the table - and they will too, given the situation and our rivalry.

Valverde added: "It was clearly a hard match to referee". Iniesta went off to a standing ovation in the second half.



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