Cristiano Ronaldo scores victor in El Clasico


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While Messi was also shown a yellow card for removing his shirt on the ground, those goosebumps that the spur of the moment gave us, will always be remembered.

"I am not going to play this down, we are happy with the result". The team could look to appeal the red card, but it is the push on the referee that could land Ronaldo in serious trouble. 'They scored three times, but we played well and had our chances.

Gerard Deulofeu replaced the Brazilian in the starting line up but made little impact in a game that ended goalless at half-time.

The Brazilian's world record € 222 million ($261 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain just days before the start of the campaign deprives a Barca side that missed out to Madrid for the Spanish title for the first time in five years last season one of their most unsafe weapons.

Lionel Messi equalised from the penalty spot in the 77th minute before Ronaldo, who came off the bench in the second half, took centre stage in a dramatic ending to the game.

Madrid drew first blood away from home when Gerard Pique turned the ball into his own net five minutes into the second half.

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"All I can say is whoever takes his place will do their job well", the Frenchman told the club's official website.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was sent off in a matter of minutes.

Lionel Messi, unsafe and dictating Barcelona's tempo scored the equalizer with a penalty after Keylor Navas as adjudged to have taken down Luis Suarez.

Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have been tipped to help fill the void at Barca and Valverde said: "We are Barcelona and we want to have the best team". Asensio scores - He is released on the left, and as he gets to the edge of the box with Pique closing in, he launches a crisp strike into the top corner to seal the victory.

Only two minutes later Ronaldo was carded again for diving by referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea.

At the postmatch news conference Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said the second yellow was "a bit too much" and hoped Ronaldo could still be cleared to play in Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.