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There's Nothing Called a 'Dull Elclasico' - Proved Once Again!

One of the most scintillating Elclasicos in recent times! Might just be remembered for all the wrong reasons though, with poor refereeing at the top of the chart. But this was also the last and final Elclasico for the FC Barcelona legend, Andres Iniesta.  
Iniesta during the match, his last Elclasico

End to end game of high speed football. Mind-boggling passes. Deft touches. Step-overs. Slick dribbles. Thunderous shots. Awful fouls. Dives. Appeals. Goals. You just name it. It had it all.

There was nothing to win for other than pride and it ended, arguably all fair and square.
FC Barcelona  2 - 2 Real Madrid CF

Recently crowned LaLiga champions Barcelona hoped to keep their unbeaten streak intact while the Madrid side having their final big match warm up before the Champions League final against Liverpool at Kiev. You may think this could have been a decaffeinated match between two rivals but think again because this isn't just any other rivalry. It's the very best in the world.

Players were warriors on the pitch. At times literally otherwise metaphorically. With 28 fouls, 8 Yellow cards and 1 Red, Camp Nou was occasionally a fighting pit. But that didn't put down the quality of the game.The first goal came from a superb counter attack from Barcelona. Sergio Roberto tears through the touch line on the right, Messi takes away Varane away with his movements and makes space for Suarez, who wouldn't miss such a sitter in front of goal at the 10th minute. Real Madrid were quick to respond from Cristiano Ronaldo goal, provided by Karim Benzema.

A series of yellow cards followed and a controversial foul by Bale on Umtiti, which many thought should have been a Red card. Varane at 31', S.Ramos and Suarez at 44' and L.Messi at 45' got a yellow card each. The tussle between Ramos and Suarez followed by Messi's foul on Ramos lifted the temperature of Camp Nou as well as Sergio Roberto who foolishly slapped Real Madrid's Marcelo in the heat of the moment and was shown a straight red. Barcelona ten man down, half-time ended 1-1.
Sergio Roberto being shown a yellow card after he hit Marcelo on the face
Barcelona started the 2nd half on a very attacking note though being down to 10 men. Meanwhile Ronaldo had been subbed off at the half-time. Messi came to the hosts' rescue, sending the ball past Keylor Navas in the 52nd to swing the match back in Barcelona's favor. This too wasn't far from controversy. The build up of the goal involved a foul by Suarez which was completely ignored by the referee. Real players were furious but were trailing by a goal to a 10 men side.
Messi celebrates after making 2-1 for Barcelona
Iniesta was exited for the very last time from an Elclasio and Brazilian Paulinho came in as a replacement. Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd after curling in a pass by Asensio. Messi had more chances to grab the late winner but was denied by Navas. Meanwhile Marcelo was denied an apparent penalty over a foul committed by Jordi Alba which followed another foul from Real's side on Suarez. Marcelo also got booked for complaining.
Bale after equallising with his super left footed curler
Champion, Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss. Its last defeat in La Liga was at Malaga in April 2017.
Messi’s effort keeps him on course to finish the 2017-18 campaign as the top scorer in La Liga.
He has now found the target 33 times in the Spanish top-flight, keeping him eight clear of eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo – who had also been on target in the latest Clasico before being forced off with an ankle problem.

A game marred by poor refereeing but an end to end display of top quality football was enough to take the breath away of the crowd at Camp Nou and the rest of the world. A goal from Ronaldo and Messi each, yellow cards, red card, controversies. This classic had every element of an Elclasico and was the farthest thing from a decaffeinated match. The match ended 2 all at Camp Nou.
A match that will be remembered for a long long time!