Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League final concerns eased following Clasico injury
07 May, 2018, 10:11 | Author: Julio Duncan
A rip-roaring 90 minutes included goals for Luis Suarez, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale, but the performance of referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez sparked most debate.
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.
The home side, who were reduced to 10 men following Sergi Roberto's first half sneding off, looked as if they would hold out for a priceless win over their bitter rivals before Garth Bale grabbed his thirteenth league goal of the season.
When asked if the match had lived up to its "decaffeinated" billing, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said: "Decaf?"
Although he received treatment from the Madrid medics and was able to play until halftime, Zinedine Zidanesubstituted him during the interval.
However, Madrid hit back within just five minutes, as Ronaldo raced into the box to tap-in a cushioned Karim Benzema header.
"I am not going to talk about the refs, I never do", Zidane said after the game.
But he was subbed off at halftime, with Marco Asensio replacing him.
After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zidane chose to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement.
The feisty edge to the game owed much to Real Madrid refusing to give Barcelona a guard of honour on to the pitch at the start of the match as is tradition for the newly-crowned league champions.
That goal was Ronaldo's 18th against Barcelona, levelling the Madrid record in the Clasico previously held outright by club great Alfredo Di Stefano. His first shot was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the second fired wide of the far post.
Barcelona began to lose its composure and Jordi Alba shoved Luka Modric before both Suarez and Sergio Ramos were booked for a tussle.
A late goal from Getafe's top scorer Angel Rodriguez keeps Getafe in seventh place and in line for a place in Europe as they won 1-0 away to already relegated Las Palmas.
But with Barca remaining on track to go the entire LaLiga season unbeaten, Iniesta was happy to be able to go out on a high.
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