Sergio Ramos: Maybe I'll follow Andres Iniesta to China

No such thing as a dead El Clasico What we learned from the thrilling Barca Real draw


Zidane said that he would have loved to win the match, especially because his side had got a lot of good opportunities to score goals in the match. They meet Liverpool in the final in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 May.

Deportivo la Coruna made the gesture ahead of their game against Barca last weekend, while Barca gave Real a guard of honour at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2008, after Los Blancos had already won the league. Big names Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all found the net in a feisty 2-2 draw. Sergi Roberto also impressed, before being sent off. Just as Suarez initiated his goal, so did Ronaldo, a neat backheel freeing Toni Kroos, who found Karim Benzema at the back post.

Madrid were stamping their authority on the contest, Ronaldo heading over and drilling wide either side of being denied at close range by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca thought it had extended their lead through Suarez, only for the goal was disallowed for a marginal offside in the build-up, and Iniesta, seemingly set for a switch to the Chinese Super League, was then withdrawn to a standing ovation. If the knock that saw the latter depart at half-time turns out to be serious, the issues becomes moot in the UEFA Champions League final, but if not, it's a tactical decision he has to make. Real should have had a late penalty when Alba cleared out Marcelo but referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez somehow decided the challenge was clean.

Barcelona ultimately held out with a numerical disadvantage for 45 minutes to earn a draw which keeps their hopes of an unbeaten season alive, and Zidane acknowledged that both teams contributed to a "great game".

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Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer and has been linked with a move to Real in the future. He leads Atletico's attack, which is fundamental [in showing his quality]. "He will be welcomed".

Cristiano Ronaldo (in white) in scoring a leveler against Barcelona in El Classico.

Ramos was not making any complaints about the officials, however, and is looking forward to a third consecutive Champions League final.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, would have been determined to spoil the party.

Eight yellow cards and one red pointed to the heat in the game, which fizzed throughout and briefly erupted during five bad-tempered minutes at the end of the first half.

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