Barca, Real share spoils in ill-tempered Clasico

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 7, 2018-

Forward Gareth Bale scored a stunner to deny Champions Barcelona victory in a feisty Clasico which finished 2-2 at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Luis Suarez gave Barca the lead after 10 minutes while Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for Real just five minutes later. Ronaldo, however, hurt himself in the process and was replaced for the second half. Real coach Zinedine Zidane said Ronaldo’s injury was small and expected him to be available for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

The home side also saw Sergi Roberto sent off at the end of the first half.

Lionel Messi gave Barca the lead in the second half, his 26th Clasico goal, but Bale silenced the Nou Camp with a thumping strike in the 72nd minute.

It was an ill-tempered Clasico with Referee Alejando Hernandez Hernandez showing a total of eight yellow cards and one red.

Champions Barca have 87 points while Real are third in the Liga standings with 72 after 35 games. Atletico Madrid, who lost their unbeaten home record in a 2-0 defeat by Espanyol erlier on Sunday, are second on 75 but have played one game more.

Published: 07-05-2018 10:21

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