Barca salvages draw with Madrid as Ronaldo hurts leg in El Clasico

  • Barca salvages draw with Madrid as Ronaldo hurts leg in El Clasico

Barca salvages draw with Madrid as Ronaldo hurts leg in El Clasico

Ronaldo was replaced by Marco Asensio at half-time in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Barcelona, resulting in fears about his fitness with the Champions League final just under three weeks away.

The conclusion of the first half - which ended with the sides tied 1-1 - saw Barcelona players surround Hernandez and his officiating staff in a dispute that Ramos claimed continued down the hall, with Messi in the centre of it.

Luis Suarez volleyed unbeaten Barca into the lead on 10 minutes after a gut-busting run and cross from Sergi Roberto while Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for Champions League finalists Real five minutes later from close range.

Roberto left referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez with little option but to show the red card after thrusting a hand into the face of Marcelo, but Gareth Bale escaped punishment having appeared to stamp on Samuel Umtiti's calf.

The Wales forward later denied Liga champions Barca victory by hitting a scorching late equaliser from outside the area.

Atletico Madrid, who lost their unbeaten home record in a 2-0 defeat by 15th-placed Espanyol, are second on 75 but have played one game more. "I can't say how long he'll be out for, tomorrow he'll have a scan.It's not a worry for the Champions League final".

"We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary".

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

"They are games to enjoy, this is a different game, there's nothing like it".

In fact, Barca arguably performed better when it was 11 v 10 as Real Madrid looked the more threatening side in the first half and created the better chances.

Marcelo also thought Jordi Alba fouled him in the Barcelona 18-yard box in the 76th minute, but the referee opted against awarding the penalty.

Suarez, meanwhile, admitted he did not expect play to continue after his challenge on Varane.

"It was a great game", Suarez said. Valverde added: "It was clearly a hard match to referee".

Midfielder Andres Iniesta, making his 38th and final Clasico appearance, added: "We're still unbeaten after playing a large part of the game with a man less".

Barcelona's run at La Liga's first flawless season has one more high hurdle.