EL-CLASSICO: Madrid hold Barcelona at Camp Nuo as Messi and Ronaldo Reestablish their Supremacy
The most anticipated rival game in European football started on a high note, with Barcelona controlling possession at the initial stages of the game.
A beautiful tap-in goal from Suarez puts Barcelona in front exactly 10 minutes of play.
Madrid pressed immediately and a little minute of a Ronaldo-magic initiated attack, had the same Ronaldo tap in an equaliser for Madrid. Ronaldo came close to equalizing in the 27th minute.
With a close range chance denied by a Ter Stegen’s save. The game wasn’t without tension and drama.
In the first half, Sergie Roberto received his marching orders after a clumsy challenge on Marcello. The second half started with a 10 man Barcelona trying to keep a Madrid side on the check.
Zidane, just minutes into the second half deemed it fit to substitute Renaldo for Asencio, this decision became necessary as the UEFA Champions League final is only 3 weeks ahead.
Barcelona donates the initial part of the second half as usual with just 10men. Lionel Messi registered his name on the score sheet after a beautiful solo effort. This beautiful goal was orchestrated by the Argentine who beat two defenders to slot the ball home from a close tight angle. But Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta got a standing ovation from the Barca faithful during his substitution in the 57 minute of the game. This game marked his last El-Classico appearance after a fulfilling career at the club.
Paulinho would have made it three for Barcelona in the 60th minute but missed his touch as the ball went wide on target. Messi almost scored a second in the 69th minute but was denied by the goalkeeper.
Asencio’s beautiful assist saw a Gareth Bale’s goal in the 72nd minute which saw the 11 man Madrid side level the scoreline. The game remained explosive even as the referee added 4 minutes after normal time. But after the added time, the game ended 2-2