Barca hold Madrid to remain unbeaten


Lionel Messi of Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on May 6, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. He played on until halftime before he was replaced by Marco Asensio.

"They are all going to arrive at the Champions League final", Zidane said.

The match at the Nou Camp ended 2-2 after a series of controversial decisions from referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez.

Not Barcelona, not Real Madrid and not the supporters who'd paid hundreds of euros to witness the spectacle live. "We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary".

Having already wrapped up their third La Liga title in four seasons, Barca boss Valverde suggested in his pre-game comments the match would lack its usual edge but found himself eating his words afterwards.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale dribbles past Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

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El Clasico's can't always be lovely, and there's nothing wrong with the occasional war of attrition, but Sunday night's edition was so devoid of quality for long periods, that there were no real winners in the end.

"It will be a spectacular game, open and with chances for both teams".

Ronaldo started the move by teeing up Toni Kroos on the overlap, the Germany midfielder's cross nodded into the middle by Benzema and the Portugal superstar tapped in on the line despite the close attention of Gerard Pique. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot. Marcelo fell down and the referee didn't hesitate in flashing the red card.

Suarez won the ball back from Raphael Varane after a side-to-side collision and passed to Messi, who used a blistering strike of his left boot to drive the ball just inside the post.

On the pitch, Messi responded by scoring his 26th El Clasico in the second half, despite his side being down to 10 men following Roberto's sending-off. Atletico Madrid, who lost their unbeaten home record in a 2-0 defeat by Espanyol erlier on Sunday, are second on 75 but have played one game more.