Sergio Ramos’s stoppage-time equaliser maintained Actual Madrid’s six-level lead on the prime of La Liga because the European champions salvaged a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in Saturday’s El Clasico.
Luis Suarez appeared to have breathed new life into the title race when he headed house the opener from Neymar’s free-kick eight minutes into the second half.
Neymar and Lionel Messi then handed up large possibilities so as to add to Barca’s benefit, and the hosts have been made to pay when Actual captain Ramos met Luka Modric’s free-kick with a strong header to stretch Madrid’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 33 video games.
“I’ve to as soon as once more spotlight the guts of this group, they believed till the top and received the draw which is essential,” stated Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
Barca coach Luis Enrique lamented his aspect’s luck, but in addition blamed a scarcity of effectivity in entrance of objective as, for a fourth time in seven residence league video games, the Catalans dropped factors.
“The efficiency of the workforce was higher than the opponent for my part.
Soccer has been unfair to us,” stated Enrique.
“It’s a big blow for all of us however we’ve solely performed 14 video games within the league and there’s a lengthy strategy to go.
“We now have to enhance our efficiency and get higher outcomes, particularly at house, as a result of we’re miles off the place we need to be.”
Earlier than kick-off each side got here collectively to pay homage to the seventy one victims that worn out virtually everything of Brazilian aspect Chapecoense’s squad in a aircraft crash in Colombia earlier within the week.
Nevertheless, as soon as the motion received underway previous hostilities have been renewed as Madrid screamed for a penalty lower than two minutes in.
Lucas Vazquez went down beneath Javier Mascherano’s problem, however referee Carlos Clos Gomez waved play on.
Barcelona loved nearly all of possession, however with captain Andres Iniesta left on the bench on his return from a two-month damage layoff, lacked the creativity to interrupt down Madrid earlier than the break.
On the different finish the highlight was on Cristiano Ronaldo greater than ever within the absence of the injured Gareth Bale and following allegations of grand scale tax avoidance revealed by a collection of European media organisations on Saturday.
The Portuguese got here to life in the direction of the top of the primary-half as he had Madrid’s first shot on course that was turned behind by Marc-Andre ter Stegen eight minutes earlier than half-time and the German stood agency to disclaim one other pushed Ronaldo effort moments later.
Nevertheless, Barca began the second-half on the entrance foot and obtained the objective they badly wanted to kickstart their title defence when Neymar’s free-kick from the left discovered Suarez by some means unmarked to go residence from level clean vary.
Iniesta was then launched to a hero’s welcome and teed up Neymar for an enormous probability to seal the three factors 21 minutes from time.
The Brazilian skipped previous Dani Carvajal, however blasted over the bar with the aim at his mercy.
Iniesta produced a chic move to put the prospect Messi had been ready for all afternoon on a plate, however the Argentine pulled his effort vast of the far publish with simply Navas to beat.
And Barca have been made to pay for his or her profligacy as Ramos rose unmarked to energy residence Modric’s free-kick as the sport entered stoppage time to silence the Camp Nou.
Barca nonetheless had one remaining probability to grab all three factors, however Sergi Roberto’s looping header was cleared off the road as a primary La Liga title in 5 seasons edged nearer for Actual.
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