Ramos Doesn't Regret Not Stopping Play For Suarez

Barcelona

As Gareth Bale fired a shot after being picked by Marcos Asensio outside the box to force a 2-2 draw on 10-man Barcelona, history had already been written. Madrid is focused on trying to win a third straight Champions League to salvage an otherwise disappointing campaign.

When asked if the match had lived up to its "decaffeinated" billing, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said: "Decaf? Both sides always want to win a game like this".

He never appeared to look right following the goal and was subsequently taken off as a precaution at the break, replaced by Marco Asensio.

Ronaldo hurt his lower right leg while canceling out Luis Suarez's opener in the 10th minute.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said that he wasn't anxious about Ronaldo being able to play in the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.

"I know what he (Messi) said but I'm not going to repeat it here", Ramos said after the game, as quoted by Marca.

"We played a good game (before the red card) and, in contrast, with the extra man we were a bit worse".

Villarreal are still trying to secure a Europa League finish in La Liga, while Barcelona continue to target an unbeaten league season.

Even though nothing was at stake, both teams played with all the emotion of a final. Sergi Roberto also impressed, before being sent off.

However, the Portugal forward's ankle was trodden on by Gerard Pique in the process and he was substituted at halftime. The flick went toward the net and found Ronaldo, who tapped it past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 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.

Ronaldo now has 450 career goals for Madrid.

Having come through Sunday night's El Clasico with their unbeaten record in tact, Barcelona know they are extremely close to a momentus achievement.

"The guard of honour is a matter of respect between players and professionals who play", Bartlomeu told AS.

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