Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Real Madrid coach Zidane confident Ronaldo will make Liverpool clash

Real Madrid coach Zidane confident Ronaldo will make Liverpool clash

May stand. With AP Photos.

This draw felt like a win for Barcelona, who stay 15 points ahead of their arch-rivals despite Roberto's dismissal.

Barca, however, took the lead in the second half as Messi scored a brilliant individual goal only for Gareth Bale, who could earlier have been sent off, to have the last word in a thrilling Clasico, his emphatic strike earning Real a deserved draw.

"The match was complicated with the cards", he said. It had extra caffeine.

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

Real fans were probably ready to bury the Wales global for his poor outing at half-time, but after Marco Asensio replaced Ronaldo, Bale grew into the match and eventually found the equaliser.

In the 72nd minute, Gareth Bale sent an awesome shot to announce that Real Madrid are still in the game.

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

"He's not great right now but I think it's going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement", Sky Sports quote the Frenchman as saying. "We will have him ready".

Barca are now just three games away from becoming the first side to complete an unbeaten La Liga season since Real Madrid achieved it in 1932.

Having secured a domestic double and helped Barca to the brink of an unbeaten LaLiga campaign, a Clasico disappointment in the shape of a 2-2 draw at home will not register as a blemish in Iniesta's remarkable career.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal. The Barcelona veteran received a standing ovation in an emotional moment for the fans in the Camp Nou. He and de Stefano differed in games against Barcelona for 18 times. While Cristiano Ronaldo twisted his ankle after scoring and had to be subbed off at half time.

Ronaldo appeared to shake off the injury.

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.

The constant on-field confrontations and meaty challenges led to referee booking Ramos and Barca striker Luis Suarez as well.

Instead Valverde and his backroom team lined up to applaud the players off the pitch at the end of a match littered with eight yellow cards.

Barca played 45 minutes with 10 men but managed to extend their record undefeated streak in the top flight to 42 matches, a record that stretches back to April 2017.

Meanwhile, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed he asked the club's staff to provide them with a guard of honour after Real refused. It would be a fitting end to the season if his improving form saw him star against Liverpool later this month.

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

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