Messi "put pressure on referee" in Clasico - Ramos

Doug Mendoza
May 7, 2018

The LaLiga champions extended their season-long unbeaten run in the top flight with a 2-2 draw in Sunday's Clasico at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi scored a mesmerising, record-extending 26th Clasico goal to put 10-man Barca back in front after 52 minutes but Bale, who had contributed little, silenced the Nou Camp with a thumping strike from the edge of the area in the 72nd.

Barca defender Sergi Roberto had been sent off right at the end of the first half for clashing with Marcelo, provoking fury among the home side's players and supporters as moments earlier Real forward Gareth Bale had gotten away with a studs-up challenge on Samuel Umtiti.

The French manager has confirmed that it's a minor injury and it looks unlikely to rule him out of the Champions League final against Liverpool at this point.

They can finish above Diego Simeone's side if they win all their games, but it remains to be seen if Zidane will risk Ronaldo ahead of the Champions League final, which is just six days after the end of the La Liga season ends.

Beating Madrid again and going 18 points clear of their arch rivals would have been a ideal way to toast the title they celebrated before kickoff and after full-time, but Barca were left lamenting referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez's decision to keep Bale on the pitch.

VAR, which is already used in Serie A and the Bundesliga among other leagues, will be implemented in LaLiga for the 2018-19 campaign, with the video assistant referee also set to be used at the World Cup in Russian Federation. "We both went out to play".

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"I am not the one who decides if there is a pasillo", Zidane said, according to Sky Sports News. "I am doing everything possible so I can play these last few games and try to absorb them", Iniesta told Barca TV. We both played a great game and football is always the most important thing, more so than the controversies.

FW Luis Suarez, 8 - Barca's best player along with Messi, Suarez was at the heart of every unsafe move the home side made.

"Playing as often as we do, we understand that a game like this can happen to us", Atleti coach Diego Simeone said.

"The referee could have given a penalty for Marcelo", Casemiro added.

Andres Iniesta overcame, or perhaps ignored, a niggling calf problem to play his 38th and final Clasico while Philippe Coutinho was picked to start his first. "We should have had a bit more patience, but we did not lose, and we must congratulate Barcelona".

Relegated Las Palmas gave Getafe's slim European hopes a huge hit with a shock 3-0 win.

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