SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: FC BARCELONA 2 REAL MADRID 2 | EL CLASICO | LA LIGA ROUND 36

FC BARCELONA 2 REAL MADRID 2 | EL CLASICO | LA LIGA ROUND 36

Round 36 of LA LIGA celebrated its big match, "El Clasico" between FC BARCELONA & REAL MADRID with the final result a 2 - 2 draw. It was a "strange" derby as Barça was already mathematically confirmed Liga Champions while Real Madrid had their collective thoughts on the Champions League Final next 26th of May. 

However the rivalry is strong enough to give a very entertaining game & the sparks flew throughout the whole match. There were individual clashes, Ramos & Suarez was to note, Barça defender Sergi Roberto was sent off with a RED CARD for hitting Marcelo & sparks flew with Alba & every Real Madrid player he came across, example Modric. There was also a penalty to Marcelo in the second half not called & other actions not called like the Suarez pass to Messi that lead to the second goal that was a foul on Varane before the action not called, as said earlier, typical "clasico" game.

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 2018

FC BARCELONA started stronger & scored first when Sergi Roberto found space on his flank to pass onto LUIS SUAREZ who scored in the 9th min. Marcelo left his area open after an attack that was exploited, an event repeating itself too much that will need to be rectified & solved as soon as possible.

However, while the defending of Marcelo can be questioned, his attacking is outstanding. His pass found the head of Benzema who placed the ball in front of CRISTIANO RONALDO who scored in the 14th min. In scoring Ronaldo received a knock on the ankle by Pique which caused some pain to the Portugués forward who managed to stay on the pitch all the first half but was substituted for Asensio for the second half. This looked a precautionary action by Coach Zidane to not risk his star player for bigger things in coming weeks. 


The first half end with Sergi Roberto being sent off with a RED CARD for hitting Marcelo. The game had been heated up by Suarez, Messi, Sergi Ramos & Marcelo, & Sergi Roberto fell into the "contextual trap".   

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 2018

With 10 men Barcelona fronted the second half better than Real Madrid & dominated right up to their second goal in the 51st min by MESSI. The goal should not have been given as it came from a Suarez pass who previous fouled Rafael Varane.  More controversy later, when Barça defender Alba fouled Marcelo in the area & a penalty was not given.

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid 2018

Real Madrid equalized in the 71st min with a brilliant shot by GARETH BALE that beat Ter Stegan squarely. Both teams had their opportunities later to take the match but Real Madrid goalie KEYLOR NAVAS did his magic with a superb save from a Suarez attempt, while the Barça defence held out Real Madrid the last 10 minutes with their continuous attacks.

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