Messi pressured referee in tunnel -- Ramos

Messi pressured referee in tunnel -- Ramos

Messi pressured referee in tunnel -- Ramos

As such a key part of Barca's successes during his years at the Nou Camp, he will be a tough act to follow.

"I think it's going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement". After being left on the bench for both semi-final legs against Bayern Munich, and taken off at half-time against Juventus, Bale is most likely to start the Champions League final against Liverpool as a substitute.

"We wanted to win it, Sergi's sending off damaged us, especially against a team like Real Madrid".

Madrid was dominating the match when Barcelona right back Sergi Roberto was shown a direct red card in first-half injury time for swiping his hand at Marcelo's face as tempers flared.

"He is a bit anxious, as the ankle is a bit swollen", said Real head coach Zinedine Zidane afterwards.

Minutes before Messi put Barcelona ahead, Ramos had an animated conversation with Hernandez, as the Spanish global went nose to nose with the man who's been named La Liga's top official for the past three years.

Messi almost put Barca ahead for a third time in the 82nd minute but Navas was alert to keep out the Argentine's stinging effort at the near post. While Cristiano Ronaldo twisted his ankle after scoring and had to be subbed off at half time.

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Unbeaten Barcelona have won 26 matches in La Liga this season, but if they manage to complete their "invincible" campaign, this 2-2 draw against their archrivals may go down as their best result of them all.

But Zidane put rivalries aside after the match to show his appreciation for Barca legend Iniesta.

Ronaldo appeared to shake off the injury.

Bale was eventually booked as was the usually even-tempered Messi, who made an uncharacteristically aggressive challenge on Sergio Ramos after the Real captain had an ugly confrontation with Suarez which led to both players getting yellow cards. Just as Suarez initiated his goal, so did Ronaldo, a neat backheel freeing Toni Kroos, who found Karim Benzema at the back post.

Arguably the four most high-profile players on the pitch all got on the scoresheet, with three of them providing clinical moments in front of goal to score.

Meanwhile, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed he asked the club's staff to provide them with a guard of honour after Real refused.

Real dominated the later stages of the game as they sought to end their opponents' proud record this season, but the hosts held firm.

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