10-man Barcelona draw 2-2 against Real Madrid

10-man Barcelona draw 2-2 against Real Madrid

10-man Barcelona draw 2-2 against Real Madrid

Gareth Bale hit a sublime equaliser for Real Madrid against champions Barcelona, who survived playing with 10 men for 45 minutes to move to within three games of going the entire La Liga season undefeated.

"(Lionel) Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don't know if there are cameras, maybe he caused him to referee in the second half in a different way", Ramos told reporters. There was the individual brilliance of Messi, who steered the momentum by putting his side ahead with a superb solo effort in the second half.

"It's a small thing", Real coach Zinedine Zidane said afterwards.

VAR might have ensured Real were awarded a late penalty, Bale was sent off, Suarez penalised before Messi's goal and a second Suarez goal, ruled out for offside, stood. He controls the ball and then I put his foot out of place. As such a key part of Barca's successes during his years at the Nou Camp, he will be a tough act to follow.

"He is a bit anxious, as the ankle is a bit swollen", said Real head coach Zinedine Zidane afterwards.

But regardless of his ability, there is little a player can do to stave off the physical effects of time, and fearing the potential onslaught that was likely to come Barca's way, Valverde felt Iniesta's talents were to become a luxury.

Barcelona crashed out of this year's Champions League at the quarterfinal stage but crowned their season with a double - La Liga title and the Copa Del Rey.

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10-man Barcelona draw 2-2 against Real Madrid

"It was a great game", Suarez said.

Fears this meeting, which meant little in terms of the table, might lack intensity proved well wide of the mark as a pulsating contest, littered with controversy, could have been won at either end right up until the final whistle. "But a draw also isn't a bad result for us given how the game went".

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

"They said they weren't in the competition, but that's a lie, because you get into the Club World Cup through the Champions League".

Real dominated the later stages of the game as they sought to end their opponents' proud record this season, but the hosts held firm. "We played really well, generally, from the first minute to the last", Ramos said.

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.

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