Barca remain unbeaten after fiery Clasico

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

Ronaldo twisted his right ankle as he scored the first equaliser for Real Madrid in a physical battle at the Nou Camp.

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.

"They'll come with the idea of ending our unbeaten streak and hopefully it'll be a good game".

Speaking about Iniesta before the match, Zidane had given a glowing tribute: 'As I said in my press conference the other day, he is a player we all admirer. No team has finished a La Liga season unbeaten since 1931-32, when Real Madrid did so over 18 games.

"Luckily for us, we're champions already".

Ronaldo's right ankle was hurt when Gerard Pique stepped on it while unsuccessfully trying to stop him from scoring an equalizer in the 15th minute.

Real Madrid controlled the game in the closing stages, but Messi had two quick chances but could not pull Barca ahead against the run of play.

Barca had Sergi Roberto sent off in first-half stoppage-time following a clash with Marcelo, but regained the lead through Lionel Messi seven minutes after the interval.

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"We wanted to win it, Sergi's sending off damaged us, especially against a team like Real Madrid".

After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zinedine Zidane made a decision to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement. Real did not put the ball out of play at the time, angering Barca players. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot.

The tension began to rise as Alba and Modric squared up, so did Suárez and Sergio Ramos, before Messi was booked for a foul on the Madrid captain.

Messi earned himself a yellow for a hard tackle on Ramos before Roberto responded to Marcelo's bump from behind by slapping at his face.

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

Zidane says, "The most important thing is respecting what Barcelona has done, winning the league". They´ve won the double and I respect that, and I congratulate them on that.

Alaves routed Malaga 3-0, and Getafe beat Las Palmas 1-0.

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