Messi calls referee shit during 2-2 classico draw with Real Madrid

Iniesta will be playing against Real Madrid for the final time

Sunday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona well and truly lived up to the hype.

Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 10th and 14th minutes respectively before Lionel Messi put Barca ahead and Gareth Bale netted the equaliser for the visitors. Coach Zinedine Zidane said the injury was "a small thing" and Ronaldo will be fit for the Champions League final.

After Ronaldo departed, though, his side were understandably less effective and now Los Blancos will be sweating on his fitness in the build-up to the Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev on May 26.

The defender also accused Lionel Messi of attempting to influence the referee in the tunnel.

Towards the end of the match, a "stonewall" penalty for the visitors was also missed, even if Marcelo made a little too much of Jordi Alba's challenge.

Prior to that, Madrid have three Liga games left: away to Sevilla on Wednesday night, at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday and then at Villarreal the following weekend.

Barca seemed happy overall to survive playing the entire second half with 10 men, and they did very well under the circumstances. As the Barcelona players trudged off the pitch following a pulsating 2-2 draw, the staff lined-up before the dugout to given them the "pasillo". Season after season, the El Clasico is always a game that captures the imagination of fans as they see the world's best teams exchange punches like two heavyweight boxers, not willing to give an inch.

Pique covered his mouth to avoid being heard by cameras, but it visibly upset Nacho, who shouted at him: "How can you complain, if they have already expelled us 17 times already?"

Ronaldo, who appeared to be injured in the process of scoring, was replaced by Marco Asensio at half-time, while Nelson Semedo plugged the gap left by Roberto by coming on for Philippe Coutinho. The first 45 minutes showed that both teams wanted the win and were ready to go full throttle to get the same.

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