The game ended with 4 points, 8 yellow cards, a red card and many controversies. Nice explosive for El Clasico with no promises.
The El Clasico has always been one of the most anticipated football matches involving FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the largest football clubs on the planet. The pit is not limited to the contrasting styles of club football as it is also seen as a controversy between Spain and Catalonia. With so much importance in the game, he was always expected by football fans. Emotions run high on the pitch as moods and controversies and fights ensue. El Clasico was described this Sunday as a damper relationship even before it started because Barcelona had already won the league and Real Madrid were being careful as they prepared for the Champions League Finals. The reason why this was Iniesta’s last Clasico was the only reason most fans were looking forward to the football game. There were others who recalled that Barcelona have remained unhindered during the league and cup season so far and a loss would mean failing to leave the entire season unhindered.
But all that damp talk turned El Clasico into dust as Barcelona soon took the lead through Luis Suarez who was perfectly involved with Sergio Roberto’s cross. Real Madrid equalized early on as Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in a Benzema head pass founded by Toni Kroos. Both teams continued to threaten each other ‘s goals as chances were created on the left and right. Ronaldo also picked up an injury that saw him squirm during the rest of the half. By the end of the 40th minute, yellow cards were shown to two Real Madrid defenders and so Messi and Saurez from Barcelona. But the real controversy began when the referee failed to notice Gareth Bale’s terrible challenge to Samuel Umtiti who should have deserved a straight red card for him.
Things soon started to warm up and half time was approaching. Real Madrid ‘s attack on the left has led to a controversy between Marcelo and Sergio Roberto. The latter lost so cool and threw his fist in against Marcelo. The referee had a clear view of this pit and showed Roberto just red at the half-time break. This meant that Barcelona had to play the entire second half, one man down.
Although Barcelona were under 10 men, Real Madrid were forced to replace Ronaldo due to his injury in the first half which left a swollen ankle. Real Madrid were in control of the half but were unable to create many chances. Barcelona were ahead again as Messi scored from Suarez’s pass. There was a fierce protest from Real Madrid players as Saurez had fouled Varane before the goal but escaped with it. Real Madrid had a hard time finding the equalizer against 10-man Barcelona and it was Gareth Bale who treated him in the 72nd minute to level the scoreline.
Barcelona continued to attack as Navas saved a superb effort from Lionel Messi. Messi finished close to scoring again as a curling shot from him ended just wide of the post. Real Madrid were also starting to take advantage of Barcelona 10-man. Marcelo was brought down inside the Barcelona box but the referee made a controversial call again as Real Madrid were denied a clear penalty. Barcelona, after a clear career, continued to resist all progress from Real Madrid and hang on to a slave life. Nelson Semedo faced Coutinho to take Roberto’s position in defense, impressed with his speed and stamina. Eventually, Semedo cleared the ball with a header as the referee blew the final whistle.
Andres Iniesta’s final El Clasico exploded into early life and was up to the billing. There was applause around him if the Maestro only took his last bow.
Despite all the controversies and bad judging decisions, everyone was happy with the result. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde later called out that he would be injured if Real Madrid ‘s non – stop streak was broken, so a draw was an acceptable result. As they say, even without stress means pulling. Everyone who saw El Clasico on Sunday will agree that the players took to the pitch as if everything was involved, contrary to the belief that there was nothing.