Zidane downplays poor officiating against in the El-Clasico

Zidane downplays poor officiating against in the El-Clasico

Zidane downplays poor officiating against in the El-Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real Madrid a scare during the first half of El Clásico at Camp Nou, as he was injured in the process of scoring a landmark goal. Despite being down to 10 men, Barca took the lead when Messi scored after Suarez dispossessed Raphael Varane.

Atletico looked flat following Thursday's qualification for the Europa League final and a second half own goal by Stefan Savic and a goal from Leo Baptistao gave the visitors a surprise 2-0 win.

However, if those calls were fortunate for Real Madrid, they didn't get the rub of the green later in the game when Marcelo went down in the box under a challenge from Alba.

Real refused to offer the traditional guard of honour to the champions before the game so Barca defender Gerard Pique asked the Catalan club's coaching staff to form two lines either side of his team mates as they left the pitch.

It was an ill-tempered Clasico with Referee Alejando Hernandez Hernandez showing a total of eight yellow cards and one red.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says LaLiga teams will have to show patience with the introduction of video technology next season. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot.

That goal took Messi's clasico record to 26 goals.

Bale was then lucky not to be sent off for stabbing his studs into Samuel Umtiti's calf and moments later Sergi did see red, as he threw a hand into the face of Marcelo.

Whether it was down to Messi's alleged conversation with the referee or merely a coincidence, Barca's luck turned around a bit in the second half.

Overall, though, both sets of players were happy with the draw, which keeps La Liga champions Barca on track to become the first side to go through a 38-game campaign in Spain's top flight unbeaten.

MF Sergio Busquets, 6 - Barca's anchor was severely tested by Toni Kroos and Modric in the middle and could not offer his usual control.

The thrilling nature of the match meant Andres Iniesta's last Clasico before leaving Barcelona at the end of the season was reduced to a footnote. He finished into the bottom corner. Also had a goal ruled out for offside against Rakitic. "We should have had a bit more patience, but we did not lose, and we must congratulate Barcelona".

FW Paco Alcacer, NR - Came on for Suarez in injury time.

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