Cristiano Ronaldo injures ankle while scoring goal in El Clasico

Ramos: Messi pressured El Clasico referee at half-time

After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zinedine Zidane made a decision to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement. "We played really well, generally, from the first minute to the last", Ramos said.

With Barcelona having wrapped up the league and Real preparing to play in the Champions League final later in the month, the Clasico lacked some of the hype that normally precedes it, but the match was thrilling encounter across the 90 minutes.

Marcelo was also kicked in the first half by Philippe Coutinho in a game that saw a red card for Sergio Roberto and could have seen both teams further reduced.

While Madrid played its best after Suarez briefly put Barcelona ahead, Barcelona regrouped after Roberto was sent off.

"We had a good opportunity to win today, clearly, we had a lot of chances to score, especially in the first half".

"They said they weren't in the competition, but that's a lie, because you get into the Club World Cup through the Champions League".


Real dominated the later stages of the game as they sought to end their opponents' proud record this season, but the hosts held firm.

The 33-year-old looked in discomfort but continued for the rest of the half, only to be replaced by Marco Asensio at the start of the second period. Suarez swept the ball out to the right where Sergi drove forward, ignored Messi's run to the near post, and returned the cross deep to Suarez.

Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range.

Ronaldo appeared to shake off the injury.

Messi earned himself a yellow for a hard tackle on Ramos before Roberto responded to Marcelo's bump from behind by slapping at his face. We have many players to come in for those missing, and that is the most important thing.

Alaves routed Malaga 3-0, and Getafe beat Las Palmas 1-0.

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