Ronaldo not a worry for Champions League final after 'minor' injury - Zidane

Ronaldo not a worry for Champions League final after 'minor' injury - Zidane

Javier Howell
May 7, 2018

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, vie for the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid, dubbed "El Clasico", at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, May 6, 2018.

The 33-year-old looked in discomfort but continued for the rest of the half, only to be replaced by Marco Asensio at the start of the second period.

'Right now Cristiano is not good but I think it will be a small thing.

Ronaldo added a goal of his own and gave Madrid's fans a scare when he couldn't play on through a leg injury and needed to be substituted at halftime.

However, there was to be no more drama as Barcelona withstood Real's unsafe corner kicks deep into stoppage time to preserve the Catalans' unbeaten season after 35 rounds of La Liga matches, and 42 games overall.

There was nothing too much to play for but pride and honour in the eye-catching encounter as the Catalan giants have already been crowned league champions.

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Ronaldo paid a price for the goal with Gerard Pique stepping on his ankle as he unsuccessfully tried to stop the Madrid forward from scoring.

Real Madrid soon took control of the game with Kroos who would then combined excellently to set up Ronaldo who levelled for Madrid. "We both went out to play well and win".

Towards the end of first half, Roberto got a direct red card and was sent off.

"Even though we weren't playing for anything, these matches are different and special, I enjoyed it". His first shot was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the second fired wide of the far post.

Ramos also felt that Suarez was guilty of time wasting in the second half, which is why he didn't put the ball out when the Barca forward appeared to be down injured.

The tension began to rise as Alba and Modric squared up, so did Suárez and Sergio Ramos, before Messi was booked for a foul on the Madrid captain.