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

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

Zinedine Zidane is optimistic Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League final against Liverpool despite Real Madrid's star player going off injured against Barcelona.

"We'll see tomorrow after the tests, what we have to do is see the damage done to the ankle". Ernesto Valverde's men, already crowned champions, are now three matches away from becoming the first team ever to finish a 38-game La Liga season unbeaten.

"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.

Barca made light of their one-man disadvantage as they restored their lead in the 54th minute, Messi finishing off a swift counter-attack with a curling shot past Navas.

L to R Messi Suarez Balbi and Roccuzzo enjoy their meal and evening with other friends
L to R Messi Suarez Balbi and Roccuzzo enjoy their meal and evening with other friends

Five minutes later Real were level, Karim Benzema heading a Toni Kroos cross down for Ronaldo to sweep home the equaliser from close range. The Frenchman was cool enough to head back into the six-yard box, where Ronaldo bundled home. Suarez felt he had been elbowed by Sergio Ramos, prompting the first round of scuffles, before Messi was booked for flying into the defender on the touchline. Gareth Bale then avoided punishment after he appeared to stamp on Samuel Umtiti.

Eight minutes into the second period, Suarez's blatant kick on Raphael Varane went unpunished and from there it was all about Messi. Even Zidane was smiling on the touchline.

Bale's goal was his 15th in 24 games this year and the Welshman will hope it sparks a return to favour ahead of Real's European climax in Kiev.

Madrid also felt hard done by when the referee failed to give them a penalty for Jordi Alba's foul on Marcelo. It was the final controversy of a surprisingly heated derby.




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