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Barcelona vs Real Madrid : How Messi helped 10-man Barca earn draw

Barcelona vs Real Madrid : How Messi helped 10-man Barca earn draw

The 33-year-old was substituted to a standing ovation at Camp Nou as his side maintained their unbeaten campaign after a 2-2 draw against their fierce rivals, despite being reduced to 10 men.

Ronaldo played on until halftime, when he was replaced by Marco Asensio.

"He doesn't feel good now, but I don't think it is anything serious", Zidane said.

The replays suggested that Roberto's hands hit Marcelo on his shoulder and the Brazilian fell down immediately. No team has finished a La Liga season unbeaten since 1931-32, when Real Madrid did so over 18 games.

There was nothing too much to play for but pride and honour in the eye-catching encounter as the Catalan giants have already been crowned league champions.

Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range.

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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.

Referee Alejando Hernandez showed a total of eight yellow cards as well as the straight red for Roberto.

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

Barca players crowded around him at the end of the first 45 minutes, and the home fans jeered him and his assistants off the pitch. His first shot was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the second fired wide of the far post.

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.

But Barca responded after the restart as Lionel Messi reclaimed the lead for the hosts, though Gareth Bale managed to steer home a late equaliser for Real. With most of the players visibly exhausted and struggling to recover on defense, both sides had chances to get the win. "That's the positive. We're happy because we can still end the league season without losing".


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