El Clasico: Did referee get decisions wrong in Barcelona-Real Madrid draw?

Marcus Newton
May 7, 2018

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

Whoever finishes fifth will have to settle for a spot in the Europa League alongside Arsenal and Burnley, who met on Sunday in Arsene Wenger's final home match in charge of the London club.

After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zidane made a decision to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement. He said it wasn't much, but we'll see tomorrow, we'll do some tests to see the extend of the damage done to his ankle. After being left on the bench for both semi-final legs against Bayern Munich, and taken off at half-time against Juventus, Bale is most likely to start the Champions League final against Liverpool as a substitute.

"It is clear that we had to pull together a lot and in the end we could have won".

The conclusion of the first half - which ended with the sides tied 1-1 - saw Barcelona players surround Hernandez and his officiating staff in a dispute that Ramos claimed continued down the hall, with Messi in the centre of it.

Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss.

Real may, however, choose to pay tribute to midfielder Andres Iniesta, who will be playing his last Clasico before he leaves Barcelona at the end of the season.

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Messi, the scourge of Madrid in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, repeated the feat early in the second half as he danced past a couple of challenges before curling a low shot past the despairing dive of a helpless Keylor Navas.

Barca thought they had extended their lead through Suarez, only for the goal to be disallowed for a marginal offside in the build-up, and Iniesta, seemingly set for a switch to the Chinese Super League, was then withdrawn to a standing ovation.

The lead, however, lasted four minutes. The Frenchman was cool enough to head back into the six-yard box, where Ronaldo bundled home.

Madrid were stamping their authority on the contest, Ronaldo heading over and drilling wide either side of being denied at close range by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. There was the grit and resilience instilled by Ernesto Valverde, as Barca played for 45 minutes a man down but still eked out a draw.

Suarez felt he had been elbowed by Sergio Ramos, prompting the first round of scuffles, before Messi was booked for flying into the defender on the touchline.

Messi earned himself a booking when he went in late on Ramos shortly afterwards and Sergi Roberto was sent off in injury time for hitting Marcelo with an arm to the face.

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