Ramos: Messi pressured El Clasico referee at half

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"I can't say how long he'll be out for, tomorrow he'll have a scan, but I think it'll be a small thing for him". In the end, the debate was left open.

Between Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Liverpool have the pace and quality to exploit such mistakes in the Champions League final. Real now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage, with tests due to be carried out on Monday.

The Argentine worldwide was said to have demanded explanation from the match official for sending his teammate out of the game on the stroke of half time. Maybe not a red as many Barcelona players called for but certainly a booking. Either way, the Portugese will now endure the unwanted attention that comes with sustaining an injury so close to a crunch game.

The second goal then arrived - Lionel Messi providing a moment of individual magic as he coolly sidestepped two challenges and found the bottom-left corner from 20 yards in the 52nd minute.


Suarez and Bale otherwise had few openings in front of goal, while Messi and Ronaldo were thwarted by saves from Keylor Navas and Marc-Andre ter Stegen. There was the standing ovation for Andres Iniesta and valuable opener from Luis Suarez. Madrid should have had a penalty when Marcelo was brought down in the box.

The tears of Iniesta's farewell news conference on April 27 were nowhere to be seen, even after Gareth Bale's stunning equaliser.

"They said they weren't in the competition, but that's a lie, because you get into the Club World Cup through the Champions League. We both played a great game and football is always the most important thing, not the controversy".

That looked like a debatable decision, as did Bale escaping without any punishment for putting his studs into the back of Samuel Umtiti's leg.


VAR will add accuracy, but at what cost?

The big names got on the score-sheet in the greatly-anticipated match at the Nou Camp.

The final stages of the second half were lively, although neither side could find a winning goal and the spoils were shared on the evening, with Barca keeping their hunt for an unbeaten LaLiga season intact.

The first half ended with referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez in the thick of the action, Suarez and Sergio Ramos booked before Messi earned a yellow for a late foul on the Madrid captain.


Click through the gallery to see the best images of the game. This match showed why VAR can be valuable but cannot be intrusive.

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