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Madrid not concerned by Ronaldo injury

Madrid not concerned by Ronaldo injuryā€¯

"There are two games left and, in the end, Barcelona will finish the season unbeaten".

Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto was sent off at the end of the first half for clashing with Marcelo, provoking fury among the home side's players and supporters.

The Portuguese star has scored 25 goals in 2018 helping his side reach a third-consecutive Champions League final after an underwhelming start to the campaign.

"He is a player we admire, he's not just any player", Zidane said.

Speaking after the game, however, Real manager Zinedine Zidane said "we're not anxious about the final", but added that "I can't say how long he'll be out for".

Even though nothing was at stake, both teams played with all the emotion of a final.

Barcelona continued their unbeaten run with a win against Deportivo last Sunday
Barcelona continued their unbeaten run with a win against Deportivo last Sunday

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.

Gareth Bale has had a up-and-down career in Madrid since moving from Spurs four years ago, mainly due to injuries rather than form.

The Portugal forward, however, was replaced by Marco Asensio at halftime.

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. A total of 28 fouls were committed, for which the referee had to show the yellow card for 8 times; whereas, a sole red card was shown to Barcelona's Sergi Roberto in the fag-end of the first half. In the build-up to Barcelona's second goal, Suarez blatantly brought Raphael Varane down, but the referee waved play on. We had to get over that but it is also true we wanted to win, and we had chances.

Zinedine Zidane announced a while ago that his men were not going to give the LaLiga champions a guard of honour because Barcelona did not give Real one after they won the FIFA Club World Cup.

Real Madrid wasted the opportunity to cut the deficit to second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were stunned by Espanyol 0-2 earlier in the day.



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