Barcelona's Sergi Roberto sent off for punch in feisty El Clasico

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Gareth Bale has not been at the peak of his powers this season, but he scored a fine goal as Real Madrid drew at Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday.

A total of 28 fouls were committed, for which the referee had to show the yellow card for 8 times; whereas, a sole red card was shown to Barcelona's Sergi Roberto in the fag-end of the first half.

"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. Suarez swept the ball out to the right where Sergi ignored Messi's run to the near post and returned the cross deep to Suarez. The hope will be that Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes after his collision with Gerard Pique because the damage was not significant, rather than made it worse to avoid sitting out a Clasico. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot. That preceded Roberto's red card. He dove into the box and dribbled around several defenders, before using an inch of space to fire a shot with his left foot into the bottom left corner of the net.

Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd after curling in a pass by Asensio. He got a little bit of space from Jordi Alba and took advantage.

Barca played 45 minutes with 10 men but managed to extend their record undefeated streak in the top flight to 42 matches, a record that stretches back to April 2017.

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"A Clasico is never just another match", Ramos said, according to RealMadrid.com. "But knowing his style and his way of playing, he was [looking] to waste time".

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

Liverpool's opponents for the May 26 showcase in Kiev fought back for a 2-2 draw away to Barcelona at the weekend, with Ronaldo scoring their first equaliser.

Barcelona has a test against Villarreal at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Camp Nou.

Barcelona have been unstoppable on the domestic front all season long, having already clinched the La Liga title and Copa Del Rey this campaign.

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