Iniesta passed fit by Barcelona for final Clasico outing
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 07, 2018,
May 07, 2018, 7:47
Having made just 17 starts in La Liga starts to his name, the winger has been replaced in the starting line up by Asensio and a return to the Premier League this summer looks to be on the cards.
"He's not great right now but I think it's going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement", said Zidane.
There was nothing too much to play for but pride and honour in the eye-catching encounter as the Catalan giants have already been crowned league champions.
Despite scoring at the Nou Camp against Barcelona, Ronaldo was withdrawn at halftime after picking up a knock courtesy of a late Gerard Pique tackle.
"Everyone who likes football can be happy with a game like that".
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The match grew testy as the first half wore on, with Messi handed a yellow card for a hard tackle on Sergio Ramos and Roberto being shown straight red for violent conduct after throwing a punch at Marcelo before half-time.
Barca players crowded around him at the end of the first 45 minutes, and the home fans jeered him and his assistants off the pitch.
"Even though we weren't playing for anything, these matches are different and special, I enjoyed it". He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot.
Barca, however, took the lead in the second half as Messi scored a brilliant individual goal only for Gareth Bale, who could earlier have been sent off, to have the last word in a thrilling Clasico, his emphatic strike earning Real a deserved draw. With most of the players visibly exhausted and struggling to recover on defense, both sides had chances to get the win.
Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 to Espanyol for its first home defeat of the league season.
Relegated Las Palmas gave Getafe's slim European hopes a huge hit with a shock 3-0 win.