Real Madrid captain Ramos blasts Messi, Suarez after Clasico draw

Mae Harvey
May 11, 2018

The home fans were raging as the half-time whistle blew but, with Marco Asensio on for Ronaldo, they were celebrating eight minutes after the restart.

While yet to officially confirm his next move, the four-time Champions League victor is widely expected to move to China amid sustained links to Chongqing Lifan. Ronaldo's injury, however, coupled with Barcelona avoiding defeat, despite playing a man down for the whole of the second half, meant the Catalans departed the happier side.

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

Suarez started and finished off a quick attack when he played Roberto clear down the hole left by Marcelo on the right flank. Just as Suarez initiated his goal, so did Ronaldo, a neat backheel freeing Toni Kroos, who found Karim Benzema at the back post.

That goal took Messi's clasico record to 26 goals.

Suarez missed an early chance after being fed by Messi, but the Uruguay forward put Barca in front in the 10th minute. Iniesta went off to a standing ovation in the second half.

Messi received a yellow card in the 45th minute for a poor slide into Sergio Ramos.

Iniesta is expected to head to the Chinese Super League at the end of the season, but for now his focus remains on helping champions Barca to end this LaLiga season undefeated.

There was more than a hint of fortune in Messi's goal as Suarez clearly appeared to foul Raphael Varane before then finding his fellow South American, but there was still plenty to do and Messi did it brilliantly, sidestepping past two defenders before rifling a precise low finish past Keylor Navas into the bottom left corner. Even Zidane was smiling on the touchline.

Madrid star Gareth Bale hit a magnificent strike, tying the game in the 72nd minute.

He then had a chance to sentence the outcome with a shot which Keylor Navas well saved, but ending his wait of almost six years for a Camp Nou Clasico goal in La Liga was enough to make a suitably big impression.

Four minutes later, Real thought they should have been awarded a penalty after Marcelo was brought down inside the box by Jordi Alba. It was the final controversy of a surprisingly heated derby.

Madrid was dominating the match when Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared.

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