Barcelona - Real Madrid 's fiery encounter ends in draw

Barcelona - Real Madrid 's fiery encounter ends in draw

And Valverde joined those paying tribute to Ferguson after his 10-man Barcelona side drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in Sunday's Clasico at Camp Nou.

Zinedine Zidane opted for a change at the start of the second half as Marcos Asensio replaced Ronaldo, while Barca withdrew Philippe Coutinho for Nelson Semedo. Ramos said the dispute continued down the tunnel, with Messi at the centre of the complaining.

Despite being a man down, Barce restored their lead seven minutes into the second half as Messi skipped past a couple challenges before firing a low effort past Navas. "I don't know if in the second half [he] would have done things differently [without that pressure]".

Suarez also had a goal ruled out for offside, while Madrid were denied a late penalty when Marcelo was tripped in the area by Jordi Alba. He controls the ball and then I put his foot out of place.

This would have been a fascinating test-case for VAR, a match that was ultimately decided by poor refereeing decisions but defined by its fluency, tempo and aggression.

Cristiano Ronaldo was withdrawn against Barcelona on Sunday after suffering an ankle injury, just two and a half weeks before the Champions League final.

Real did not put the ball out of play at the time, angering Barca players.

Valverde added that the prospect of ending the season as undefeated champions was motivating Barca with three games left to play.

"Clasicos should be played like this, it was a lovely game", Suarez told reporters.

"It is clear that we had to pull together a lot and in the end we could have won". It would be a fitting end to the season if his improving form saw him star against Liverpool later this month.

It may not have been a memorable game, but the goals were certainly all out of the top drawer.

While it would have been a major boost to Liverpool's chances of winning the Champions League, it doesn't appear as though Ronaldo will miss the massive tie in Kiev as things stand.

"We wanted to win it, Sergi's sending off damaged us, especially against a team like Real Madrid. We played really well, generally, from the first minute to the last", Ramos said.

An incredible ovation followed, as the player who helped define a generation for club and country said farewell to LaLiga's biggest match, his substitution around the hour mark a common sight this season. "We would have liked to break [Barcelona's] run, but preparing for Kiev is the key now".

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