Camp Nou hosted the most famous football match on Sunday which ended in a 2-2 draw. The game was going at faster pace from the beginning with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. Referee was clueless with decisions and made some controversial decisions in which one was sending off Sergio Roberto at the end of the first half. Later, with 10-men Catalan giants came back stronger to grab the lead in the second half through Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted by Asensio in the second half for the sake of Champions League finale against the English side. Asensio made a beautiful pass by which Gareth Bale found the net to make it 2-2. Marcelo was denied penalty after being brought down inside the box by Left back Jordi Alba. After many controversial decisions the game was fierce as usual. Barcelona continue their winning streak in the league with 3 games left. Let’s take a look at the five talking points of the game.
○DID HERNANDEZ HERNANDEZ MADE THE RIGHT DECISIONS?
Hernandez Hernandez officiated the El Clasico game in which he got his decisions wrong in a big like El Clasico at Camp Nou. It started off with the Gareth Bale where, Bale raked his boot down to the calf of Samuel Umtiti and Hernandez was not even interested in booking Bale. This incident took place just near the linesman. Second biggest mistake was denying the penalty for Real Madrid after Brazilian Marcelo was brought down by Jordi Alba inside the penalty box. Finally, Red for Sergio Roberto was one big talking of the game which happened during the end of first half. Sergio was sent off after extending his fist to Marcelo’s face and Camp Nou erupted for that straight red. However, Marcelo made the first contact with Roberto and Hernandez was ready to show red and it should have been a yellow but after that incident in second half Marcelo was denied penalty in the second half after being taken down inside the box. It is not easy officiating such big games like this end of the day they are humans and they do make some errors.
○BLAUGRANA’S UNBEATEN STREAK CONTINUES:
FC Barcelona with 10-men was able to hold threatening Real Madrid side to a 2-2 draw to survive with a unbeaten streak in the league. With many unfavorable decisions against the Catalans, Real Madrid couldn’t end Barcelona’s unbeaten streak with Ronaldo being substituted in the end of first half. Barcelona were looking better with 10-men, the way they approached coming into the second half was what Valverde expected from his boys. With 3 games left in the league Valverde would like to finish the season with a unbeaten streak. This was achieved only by Real Madrid in 1932. But that was in a 18-match season. But Barcelona are going to be the first side in La Liga to achieve it in a 38-game campaign. Catalans will face Villarreal and Real Sociedad at home and away game against Levante. So it will be an challenge for Valverde to finish the season with the same streak and will look to end the campaign on a high note.
○RONALDO INJURY WORRIES FOR ZIDANE:
Cristiano Ronaldo was not looking pretty well after scoring the goal in the 14th minute colliding with Gerard Pique inside the post. After treatment from the sidelines Ronaldo came on to play the first half with some pain which was noticed by Zidane. He was later substituted by Asensio at Half-time. It was a move made for the Champions league Final which is to be held on May 26 against Liverpool. Speaking of which Zidane said that, “ He is a bit worried, as the ankle is bit swollen. But he says it is not so much.” He also added that, “I think it’s going to be a small thing, it was only a bad movement. I can’t say how long he’ll be out for, tomorrow he will have a scan. It’s not a worry for Champions League final.”
○STARS STOOD UP FOR THEIR SIDES:
It was once again the big names who found the net and got their names on the score sheet. It was Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale who scored for Real Madrid. While, Bale was also seen defending at the back helping out his defenders. After Ronaldo being substituted it was Asensio who was providing some good passes to Bale. Real Madrid missed their star midfielder Isco who missed the game due to injury along with Dani Carvajal. It was once again Messi and Suarez who got their names on the scoresheet. Roberto made a good run on the right flank to provide a brilliant cross into the box to Luis Suarez and which was finished perfectly sending over Costa Rican shot-stopper Keylor Navas. Roberto was looking good at the right side before being sent off in the first half and Semedo came in replacing Coutinho. Messi finished again in style finding the net past Navas. Ivan Rakitic had a good game with his passes and control in the midfield. Sergio Busquets was also defending back when Jordi Alba went on to attack. It was the big names who once again stood tall.
○INIESTA’S FINAL EL CLASICO:
Iniesta played his final El Clasico on Sunday at the very own Nou Camp. Iniesta recovered from Calf issues and played in this contest. Iniesta was seen struggling with his calf issues and he was brought down by Bale during the first half. Iniesta played his 38th and final El Clasico and as expected didn’t receive any guard of honor from Real Madrid but hugs from lot of Real Madrid players. Valverde brought in another defensive midfielder on and replacing Iniesta. He was given standing ovation from Camp Nou and Paulinho came on to fill his place. Rakitic is doing the role of Xavi in the midfield for Barcelona. But, it’s not easy to replace Iniesta easily and one cannot fill the shoes of Iniesta. Board will have to look out for entire change of formation, midfield and style after loosing Iniesta. With Arthur coming in next season for Barcelona will be expected to be play in the role of Andres and will not easy to fit into the new surroundings. So, it will be a test for Barcelona without Iniesta in future.
Roberto-6, Pique-6, Umtiti-7, Jordi Alba-6;
Iniesta-6, Coutinho-5, Sergio-6, Rakitic-7;
Semedo-6, Paulinho-6, Paco-N/A.
Nacho-5, Ramos-6, Varane-6, Marcelo-7;
Kroos-6, Modric-6, Casemiro-6;
Benzema-6, Ronaldo-8, Bale-8.
Asensio-7, Vazquez-6, Kovacic-5.