Messi gives 10-man Barca 2-2 draw against Real Madrid

Messi gives 10-man Barca 2-2 draw against Real Madrid

Messi gives 10-man Barca 2-2 draw against Real Madrid

When asked if the match had lived up to its "decaffeinated" billing, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said: "Decaf?"

Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead in the 10th minute, connecting a cross from Sergi Roberto from the right at the Camp Nou Stadium. He played on until halftime before he was replaced by Marco Asensio.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, are in third and still have the Champions League final with Liverpool to look forward to.

"Right now it's not good, but it's going to be minor".

After a La Liga season freakishly dominated by Messi - top scorer, top assister, top pretty much everything else - it was only appropriate that the magical Argentine would make another big contribution in the final high-profile game of the season.

Barcelona has three matches left to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of 10 teams compared to 20 now. Ronaldo's injury, however, coupled with Barcelona avoiding defeat, despite playing a man down for the whole of the second half, meant the Catalans departed the happier side. Even though nothing was at stake, both teams played with all the emotion.

While Madrid played its best after Suarez briefly put Barcelona ahead, Barcelona regrouped after Roberto was sent off. "We started well, but the goals came quickly and the bookings hurt us". Suarez swept the ball out to the right where Sergi ignored Messi's run to the near post and returned the cross deep to Suarez.

Prior to the match, Real refused to give their eternal league rivals a guard of honour at the Camp Nou despite the Blaugrana having already won the title, per a long-standing cold war between the two clubs.

Ronaldo had added another milestone into his career by drawing level with Real Madrid legend Afredo Di Stefano as the all-time scorer in El Classico meetings.

Despite the shock of falling behind to Suarez's early goal, the visitors soon grabbed hold of the game and took command, deserving their equaliser through Ronaldo and looking the more likely scorers before the game turned ugly shortly before the break with the dismissal of Roberto.

And perhaps more pertinently, Los Blancos are now sweating on the fitness of Ronaldo after he was forced off at half-time with a foot injury sustained in the process of scoring his equalising goal.

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