Cristiano Ronaldo limps out of El Clasico as Zinedine Zidane provides update

Posted May 08, 2018

Lionel Messi weaved his magic to keep 10-man Barcelona's unbeaten season alive as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou Sunday left Real Madrid sweating over an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo was forced off at half-time after appearing to hurt his ankle and Real will be hoping their star striker can now recover in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.

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"How long he will need I can not tell you but for him, it is a small problem", Zidane said afterwards.

"Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don't know if there are cameras, maybe he caused him to referee in the second half in a different way", Ramos told reporters.

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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. Real struggled to capitalise on their one-man advantage until the 72nd minute, when Bale raced onto Asensio's pass and whipped the ball first-time into the top corner. "There was nothing at stake but it was a good Clasico - high intensity and chances".

"Luckily we don't have VAR yet, or we'd still be playing". Football is always more important than the controversy that you want to create. "The team made a great effort with 10 against Madrid, we overcame that adversity, but we would have liked to win". In the end it was a draw and that's that.

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Despite the title already being decided, it was a pulsating game in Barcelona, where the Catalan giants maintained their season-long unbeaten streak in the league as departing icon Andres Iniesta played his final Clasico.