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Barca remain unbeaten after fiery Clasico

07 May, 2018, 07:49 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Barcelona v Real Madrid Messi's dominant 2017-18 La Liga numbers leave Ronaldo trailing

Cristiano Ronaldo was taken off at half time as a precaution from the injury the Portuguese sustained while pulling Madrid level, with Asensio replacing the five-time Balon d'Or victor.

But he was subbed off at halftime, with Marco Asensio replacing him.

"He's not great right now but I think it's going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement", said Zidane.

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.

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.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta, making his 38th and final Clasico appearance, added: "We're still unbeaten after playing a large part of the game with a man less".


Ronaldo paid a price for the goal with Gerard Pique stepping on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring.

There is no room in the matchday squad for the likes of Yerry Mina, Aleix Vidal and Andre Gomes, who are all left out by Valverde for Sunday's match.

"We played a good game, in the first half, 11-v-11, making chances to score", he said. "We wanted to win it, but the red card set us back, especially against a side like Madrid".

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.

Iniesta went off just before the hour and Messi could have put Barca out of sight soon after.

Barcelona began to lose its composure and Jordi Alba shoved Luka Modric before both Suarez and Sergio Ramos were booked for a tussle. They┬┤ve won the double and I respect that, and I congratulate them on that.

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