Real Madrid coach Zidane confident Ronaldo will make Liverpool clash

Jo Caldwell
May 7, 2018

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo said that he dislikes the idea of the video assistant referee (VAR) system even though a refereeing mistake denied him a clear penalty in the 2-2 draw at Barcelona on Sunday.

Ernesto Valverde's side now need to avoid a loss in their final three fixtures - two of which are at home - and the most hard of those was the visit of Real.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action against Real Madrid's Casemiro and Marcelo.

Luis Suarez volleyed unbeaten Barca into the lead after 10 minutes following a gut-busting run and cross from Roberto while Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for Uefa Champions League finalists Real five minutes later from close range. After the match, Zidane reported that Ronaldo had said it was only a "small problem" but in the same breath admitted the striker was a "little bit worried" by the swelling.

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Real keeper Keylor Navas saved superbly from Messi before Barca's hopes were hit in first-half injury time when Sergi Roberto and Marcelo appeared to clash off the ball, and the home player was issued a straight red card.

The referee made some poor decisions on the pitch that saw both clubs feel disheartened in an enthralling El Classico.

That goal was Ronaldo's 18th against Barcelona, levelling the Madrid record in the Clasico previously held outright by club great Alfredo Di Stefano. Maybe not a red as many Barcelona players called for but certainly a booking. There was the individual brilliance of Messi, who steered the momentum by putting his side ahead with a superb solo effort in the second half.

Barcelona has three matches left to become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of 10 teams compared to 20 now.

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"Whenever an opponent is down and you think it could serious, out of respect, you put the ball out of play", Ramos added.

"We watched an incredible game of football and I can't say if the draw is fair or not", said Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who would not be drawn on the referee's performance.

Barca finish their season with home games against Villarreal and Real Sociedad and a trip to Levante. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot. The southern Spain side have already clinched the title, and look set to match Arsenal's seemingly impossible task of not losing through an entire league season.

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