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Ronaldo withdrawn in El Clasico after suffering knock

Ronaldo withdrawn in El Clasico after suffering knock

Ronaldo was replaced by Marco Asensio at half-time in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Barcelona, resulting in fears about his fitness with the Champions League final just under three weeks away. "I think they'll finish the season unbeaten". "I would have liked to win, although it was a good game for the fans, there was nothing in play between Barca and Madrid today, but we saw a good game with intensity, with goals, from both teams".

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Despite his heroics tonight, the Wales global is expected to be on the move come the end of the season.

Gerard Pique stepped on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring from close range.

After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zinedine Zidane chose to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement. You have to win the Champions League to get to the Club World Cup, and we are all in that.

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.

Both sides pushed for a victor and Real could have had a penalty when Jordi Alba caught Marcelo but Barca clung on to remain unbeaten in the league with three games to go. His first shot was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the second fired wide of the far post.

Barca, however, took the lead in the second half as Messi scored a brilliant individual goal only for Gareth Bale, who could earlier have been sent off, to have the last word in a thrilling Clasico, his emphatic strike earning Real a deserved draw.

Zidane also said it was more important that players on both sides had put on an evening of entertainment - despite Barca having already wrapped up the title - than any arguments pundits on either side might try to inflame. They´ve won the double and I respect that, and I congratulate them on that.

Atletico Madrid lost 2-0 to Espanyol for its first home defeat of the league season.