Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Madrid not concerned by Ronaldo injury

Madrid not concerned by Ronaldo injury

Ronaldo remains an integral part of Zinedine Zidane's side despite an array of talent at his disposal.

Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead in the 10th minute, connecting a cross from Sergi Roberto from the right at the Camp Nou Stadium.

His goal was wonderfully worked.

Ousmane Dembele has been with Barcelona all of one season after the Catalan club spent a whopping £135.5 million to bring him aboard last summer.

In between, Messi had played in Jordi Alba with a sumptuous ball over the top but even he lost his cool during five mad minutes at the end of the first period. He could not be blamed for either of Madrid's goals. And when that happens, Real are at their most risky.

The Wales worldwide was handed a rare start in the game as Real Madrid looked to end Barca's unbeaten record in La Liga.

Suarez appeared to have fouled Raphael Varane in the build-up to Messi's goal and the Uruguayan forward had a goal ruled out for offside three minutes later.

"Messi put pressure on the referee in the tunnel at half-time", Ramos said in his post-match interview. The ESPN FC crew delve into the controversial decisions in El Clasico that saw the derby end in a 2-2 draw. And Madrid pressed for a victor in the final few minutes against an exhausted 10-man Barca side.

In fact, the quicker this Clasico is forgotten about by both teams, the better.

Afterwards neither side was able to score a victor as Barcelona settled for the draw in a game marred by controversies in front of almost 97,000 crowd as they continued their unbeaten campaign.

"I'd have liked to have won". With most of the players visibly exhausted and struggling to recover on defense, both sides had chances to get the win.

With Real's Champions League final clash with Liverpool only a matter of weeks away, here are four things we learned from this clash between the two heavyweights of Spanish football.

Barcelona needed to avoid defeat to keep their hopes alive of becoming the first team in La Liga history to go the full season unbeaten. And with little to play for apart from a second-place finish, there is no need to risk Ronaldo.

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